Dialogue on Second Amendment Rights

Harrisburg Lawyers Chapter September 22, 2014 06:00 PMWidener Law School, Harrisburg
Library Building, Room L204
3800 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 19803


  • Alan Gura, Gura & Possessky
  • Prof. Randy Lee, Widener Law

Law of the Jungle: Chevron in the Amazon

Professional Responsibility & Legal Education and Litigation Practice Groups Teleforum September 22, 2014 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

Steven Donziger, a self-styled social activist and Harvard educated lawyer, signed on to a budding class action lawsuit against multinational Texaco (which later merged with Chevron to become the third-largest corporation in America). The suit sought reparations for the Ecuadorian peasants and tribes people whose lives were affected by decades of oil production near their villages and fields. During twenty years of legal hostilities in federal courts in Manhattan and remote provincial tribunals in the Ecuadorian jungle, Mr. Donziger and Chevron’s lawyers followed fierce no-holds-barred rules. Mr. Donziger proved himself adept at influencing the media, Hollywood, and public opinion. He cajoled and coerced Ecuadorian judges on the theory that his noble ends justified any means of persuasion. And in the end, he won a $19 billion judgment against Chevon – the biggest environmental damages award in history. But the company refused to surrender or compromise. Instead, Chevron targeted Mr. Donziger personally, and its counter-attack revealed evidence of his politicking and manipulation of evidence. Suddenly the verdict, and decades of Mr. Donziger’s single-minded pursuit of the case, began to unravel.

A Debate: Making War in a World in Chaos

Chicago Lawyers Chapter September 22, 2014 11:30 AMPetterino's Banquet Facility (lower level)
150 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60601


  • Prof. John Yoo, Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley School of Law

  • Prof. Alberto CollDePaul University College of Law

Tavern Debate - Resolved: America Needs a Foreign Policy!

Chicago Lawyers Chapter September 18, 2014 05:30 PMLibrary of the Heartland Institute
1 South Wacker Dr.
Suite 2740
Chicago, IL 60606

Please join the Chicago Lawyers Chapter for "A Tavern Debate - Resolved: America Needs a Foreign Policy!"

Race-based Admissions Revisited: Fisher v. University of Texas

Civil Rights Practice Group Teleforum September 18, 2014 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

On July 25, 2014, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, on remand from the Supreme Court of the United States.  In a 2-1 decision, the panel upheld the University of Texas' affirmative action policies, "persuaded by UT-Austin ... of its necessary use of race in a holistic process and the want of workable alternatives that would not require even greater use of race."  Was this decision consistent with the Supreme Court's 7-1 decision in June 2013?  What will happen going forward?  Our expert will answer these and other questions for a live call-in audience.

  • Andrew Grossman, Associate, Baker & Hostetler LLP and Adjunct Scholar, The Cato Institute