2014 Christmas Party

St. Louis Lawyers Chapter December 17, 2014 06:00 PMHome of Steve and Laura Clark
63 Loren Woods Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63124

Please join us for cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres to celebrate this holiday season at:

The Federalist Society St. Louis Lawyers Chapter 2014 Christmas Party


Annual Holiday Party

San Diego Lawyers Chapter December 17, 2014 06:00 PMBottega Americano
1195 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Public Defenders and Client Choice

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Teleforum December 17, 2014 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled that indigent persons accused of crimes must be provided with an attorney. The Court, however, did not specify how those attorneys should be financed. The public defender model is, of course, the most familiar model that has arisen. Texas is about to start something new--a pilot program involving defense vouchers. Like the school voucher concept, the idea is to replicate, so far as possible, a free market for defense services. By giving the person with the most at stake more say in choosing the attorney who will defend his reputation and liberty, will vouchers produce gains for both the defendant and the public at large? Join us for a conversation about this new program and the challenges that critics are advancing.

  • James D. Bethke, Executive Director, Texas Indigent Defense Commission
  • Prof. Stephen J. Schulhofer, Robert B. McKay Professor of Law, New York University Law School
  • Moderator: Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute

The Little Sisters of the Poor and the HHS Mandate

Religious Liberties Practice Group Courthouse Steps Teleforum December 16, 2014 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

On December 8, 2014, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in three cases challenging the HHS contraceptive mandate, including Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell. The Little Sisters case has already been to the Supreme Court once when Justice Sotomayor gave the nuns an emergency injunction on December 31, 2013, and the full court gave them an injunction in January 2014. The Little Sisters returned to court on December 8 to challenge whether the government can force them to sign forms that would let the government and third parties use their plan to provide contraceptives.

Mark Rienzi is Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at the Catholic University of America. He argued on behalf of the Little Sisters and several other parties before the 10th Circuit, and he will give a report on the argument and the status of the challenges to the contraceptive mandate.

  • Prof. Mark L. Rienzi, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Senior Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Lunch with U.S. Senator-Elect David Perdue

Atlanta Lawyers Chapter December 16, 2014 12:00 PMAlston & Bird LLP
One Atlantic Center, 50th Floor
1201 West Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309


  • David Perdue U.S. Senator-elect (R-Ga.)

Immigration and the States

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Teleforum December 15, 2014 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

Immigration law and enforcement have been on the front pages for the last several years, and that shows no signs of changing. One aspect to our national debate on immigration that hasn't received as much attention as it should is the effect that the several states can have on the issue. Through its policing powers and criminal sentencing guidelines, a state can influence who the federal immigration authorities can remove from the country. Our experts will discuss the important constitutional issues that these trends present.

  • Peter K. Nunez, Chairman, Center for Immigration Studies Board of Directors
  • Margaret D. Stock, Counsel to the Firm, Cascadia Cross-Border Law
  • Moderator: Brian M. Fish, Member, Federalist Society Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Executive Committee

Article V and the Compact for a Balanced Budget

Triangle Lawyers Chapter and the John Locke Foundation December 15, 2014 12:00 PMJohn Locke Foundation
200 W. Morgan Street
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27601


  • Nick Dranias - President and Executive Director Compact for America to Fix the Federal Debt


Telephone Consumer Protection Act Reform

Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Teleforum December 12, 2014 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

Congress adopted the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) to protect consumers from aggressive telemarketing and to bolster the “right to be left alone.” But more than 20 years after its adoption, the statute has given rise to an explosion of class action lawsuits, raising questions about whether the law is continuing to serve its intended purpose. Defendants have sought relief from the implementing agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and some relief has been forthcoming. However, the rate at which lawsuits have proliferated has far outstripped the pace of regulatory relief. Our experts will discuss whether fundamental TCPA reform is needed and, if so, how it might be achieved.

  • Scott D. Delacourt, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
  • Jason D. Goldman, Senior Telecommunications Policy Counsel, Managing Director, Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce