Protecting Eligible Voters: Evenwel v. Abbott and the Future of Redistricting

Civil Rights Practice Group Teleforum Thursday, July 28, 2016 03:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

In Evenwel v. Abbott, the Supreme Court held that the Constitution’s one-person, one-vote rule allows States to draw their legislative districts based on total population. In doing so, the Court rejected the appellants’ argument that the one-person, one-vote rule protects eligible voters and thus required States to equalize the population of eligible voters, not total population. The Court explicitly declined to resolve whether States may draw districts to equalize voter-eligible population rather than total population.

Our experts will analyze the Supreme Court’s decision and review the constitutional history underlying the one-person, one-vote doctrine. They will discuss the impact of Evenwel on future redistricting decisions, including the Court’s willingness to accept legislative districts based on eligible voters.


  • J. Michael Connolly, Counsel, Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC
  • Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

Summer Happy Hour

DC Young Lawyers Chapter Wednesday, July 27, 2016 06:00 PMIrish Whiskey Public House
1207 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036


  • Sarah Isgur Flores - Former Deputy Campaign Manager at Carly for President


The Ferguson Effect, The War on Cops, Over-Incarceration, and more!

Miami Lawyers Chapter Tuesday, July 26, 2016 05:30 PMThe Coral Gables Country Club
990 Alhambra Circle
Coral Gables, FL 33134


  • Heather MacDonaldThomas W. Smith Fellow, The Manhattan Institute, New York City
  • Tamara Lawson - Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida

Moderator, William Shepherd, Esq. - Partner, Holland & Knight, Former Florida Statewide Prosecutor

The Opioid Epidemic: Problem and Prescription

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Teleforum Tuesday, July 26, 2016 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

Over 75 Americans die every day of an opioid overdose (both prescription drug opioids and heroin), a number that has quadrupled since 1999. Meanwhile, the amount of prescription drug opioids (oxycodone, hydrocodone and their ilk) sold in the United States has grown fourfold during the same period.

Join us to explore the scope of this growing problem, and the proposed legislative solution, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act signed into law by President Obama just this past Friday.


  • Shane Dana, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Case Agent, Chasing the Dragon Project
  • Drew Hudson, Legislative Counsel, United States Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Moderator: James Baehr, Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana

Reviewing The Supreme Court’s 2015/16 Term: A Panel Discussion

Colorado Lawyers Chapter Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:00 PMGreenberg Traurig
1200 17th Street, Suite 2400
Denver, CO 80202

Opening Remarks:

  • Honorable Timothy Tymkovich, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit


  • Richard Westfall, Hale Westfall LLP & former clerk to Justice Byron White
  • Prof. Melissa Hart, University of Colorado Law School & former clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens
  • Prof. Rob Natelson (ret.), Independence Institute Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence


  • Honorable Dennis Graham, Judge, Colorado Court of Appeal

Supreme Court Round-Up

Oklahoma City Lawyers Chapter Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:00 PMOCPA Event Center
415 N.E. 13th
Oklahoma City, OK 73104


  • Ilya Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief of the Cato Institute
  • Patrick Wyrick, Oklahoma Solicitor General

Supreme Court Round Up (2015-2016)

Tulsa Lawyers Chapter Monday, July 25, 2016 05:30 PMSummit Club (Renaissance)
15 W 6th St
Tulsa, OK 74119


  • Ilya Shapiro - Editor-in-Chief, Cato Institute Supreme Court Review
  • Patrick Wyrick - Solicitor General, State of Oklahoma
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Jamie McDonald - Visiting Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law; Former Law Clerk to Chief Justice Roberts

Class Action in Consumer Finance Agreements

Litigation Practice Group Teleforum Monday, July 25, 2016 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), passed in 1925, generally requires courts to look favorably upon all arbitration agreements. In 2011, the Supreme Court upheld an arbitration agreement in a contract for mobile phone services that contained a class action ban. The court ruled that a state law that prevented the class action ban from being enforced was “an obstacle to the accomplishment of the FAA’s objectives.”

However, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, which authorizes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to study arbitration agreements in consumer contracts and limit or prohibit them if doing so would be in the public interest and for the protection of consumers. In May 2016, the CFPB issued a proposed rule that would ban arbitration agreements that acted to prevent class action lawsuits and would further establish certain reporting requirements for other arbitrations that are filed between consumers and providers.

Our experts will discuss this proposed rule, including the history that led us to this point and the potential impact it will have if it is finalized.


  • Thaddeus King, Officer, Consumer Banking,The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Prof. Todd J. Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law