Commissioner Ajit Pai on the FCC Television Set-Top Box Proposal

Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Teleforum Thursday, June 30, 2016 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

In this teleforum, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai will talk about the FCC’s proposed rulemaking to transform the pay television industry and competition for the television set-top boxes sitting in millions of homes across the country. The proposed rule seeks to unbundle the sale of programming from the sale of set-top boxes. The FCC wants third party technology companies to “build devices or software solutions that can navigate the universe of multichannel video programming with a competitive user interface.” The proposal has sparked tremendous debate among pay-television providers, technology companies, state and federal lawmakers, the Administration, and others. Advocates for the proposal think it could spur competition and unlock value for consumers with better and cheaper solutions for accessing video programming. Others believe the Commission’s proposal interferes with free market forces, creates more problems than it solves, and could compromise consumer privacy.

What is the FCC’s proposal? What are the implications for consumer privacy, advertising, and free market competition? Is a compromise possible? Commissioner Pai will explore these and other issues in this important teleforum, explain his dissent to the proposal, and offer us his vision for moving forward.


  • Hon. Ajit V. Pai, Federal Communications Commission
  • Alexander P. Okuliar, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Hillary Clinton's Email Server

Tampa Bay Lawyers Chapter Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:00 PMTHE TAMPA CLUB
Bank of America Plaza
101 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 4200
Tampa, FL 33602


  • Shannen Coffin - Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, Formerly Counsel to the Office of Vice President Cheney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Supreme Court Rules on Honest-Services Fraud: Robert F. McDonnell v. United States

Criminal Law & Procedure and Free Speech & Election Law Practice Groups Teleforum Wednesday, June 29, 2016 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

On June 27, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Robert F. McDonnell v. United States. The Court vacated the public corruption convictions of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, finding that the prosecution failed to properly instruct the jury on the definition of an “official action” as used in the federal bribery statute, Hobbs Act, and honest-services fraud statute. However, the Court rejected McDonnell's claims that the honest services statute and Hobbs Act are unconstitutional, and left the Court of Appeals to reconsider whether McDonnell had committed an "official act" under the Court's new definition. Our experts will discuss the impact of the opinion, as well as debate its merits, as it relates to public corruption law and the criminal law more generally, as well as to the First Amendment and campaign finance law.


  • Prof. Randall D. Eliason, George Washington University Law School
  • William J. Haun, Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Stephen R. Klein, Attorney, Pillar of Law Institute
  • Tara Malloy, Deputy Executive Director, Campaign Legal Center

25 Years of Justice Clarence Thomas

Practice Groups Teleforum Tuesday, June 28, 2016 04:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

On July 1, 1991, President George H. W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court of the United States. In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the nomination, the Federalist Society is pleased to host a panel of legal experts, including a number of Justice Thomas' former law clerks, to offer their personal remembrances and assessments of the Justice's contributions to the law and the Court.


  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Founding Partner, Boyden Gray & Associates
  • Hon. Gregory G. Katsas, Partner, Jones Day (Clerked 1991-1992)
  • Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network (Clerked 2007-2008)
  • Prof. John C. Yoo, Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley School of Law (Clerked 1994-1995)

United States Supreme Court Review

Hawaii Lawyers Chapter Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:30 AMCarlsmith Ball LLP
1001 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96813


  • Dean Avi Soifer, William S. Richardson, School of Law, University of Hawaii Manoa
  • Dr. John C. Eastman, Professor of Law, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Former Law Clerk, Justice Clarence Thomas, United States Supreme Court

After Coyne - Education Policy in Wisconsin

Madison Lawyers Chapter Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:30 AMMadison Club
5 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53703


  • Scott Jensen, Senior Advisor, American Federation for Children, Speaker, Wisconsin Assembly, 1995-2002
  • Rick Esenberg, Founder, President, General Counsel, Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty 

Supreme Court Concludes 2015 Term

Practice Groups Courthouse Steps Teleforum Monday, June 27, 2016 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

On June 27, 2016, the United States Supreme Court concluded its October 2015 term by issuing decisions in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, McDonnell v. United States, and Voisine v. United States. Our experts will discuss the opinions and the term.


  • Hon. Gregory G. Katsas, Partner, Jones Day
  • Roger Severino, Director, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, The Heritage Foundation