The President's Judicial Legacy

Litigation Practice Group Teleforum Monday, May 02, 2016 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

After almost eight years in office, President Obama’s 322 appointments to the federal courts have already begun to make a substantial impact on the law. In this Teleforum, two litigators will talk about whether and how these new judges are shaping the law and the judiciary. They will focus in particular on the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. and Ninth Circuits.


  • Damien Schiff, Principal Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
  • Brett Shumate, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Debate on Sentencing Reform

Dallas Lawyers Chapter Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:00 PMUNT Dallas College of Law
1901 Main Street - Room 1412
Dallas, TX 75201


  • Professor William Otis - Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Kevin Ring - Vice-President of Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Supreme Court to Consider Honest-Services Fraud: Oral Arguments Heard in Robert F. McDonnell v. United States

Criminal Law & Procedure and Free Speech & Election Law Practice Groups Courthouse Steps Teleforum Wednesday, April 27, 2016 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

On Wednesday, April 27, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Robert F. McDonnell v. United States. The Court will review the public corruption convictions of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to determine whether the definition of “official action” as used in the federal bribery statute, Hobbs Act, and honest-services fraud statute is limited to exercising actual governmental power or the threat or pressure to do so. If the definition is not so limited, the Court will also consider whether the Hobbs Act and honest-services fraud statute are unconstitutional—given that such a broad definition could include political activity protected by the First Amendment. Our experts attended the oral arguments and will offer a summary and analysis to Federalist Society members.


  • William J. Haun, Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Stephen R. Klein, Attorney, Pillar of Law Institute