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2016 National Lawyers Convention The Jurisprudence and Legacy of Justice Scalia
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19th Annual Faculty Conference San Francisco - January 5-6

Intellectual Property Practice Group Podcast

After years of litigation, the bitterly fought and highly publicized smartphone patent war between two of the biggest players in the industry, Apple and Samsung, finally reached the U.S. Supreme Court. While Apple has already won the patent infringement case, the Supreme Court addressed the complicated question of how to determine damages based on a design patent in a product with thousands of other patents covering it as well. Is the statutory language clear and controlling? Are profits from the entire value of the phone the right measure? Or something less? Do design patents even have any economic value at all in a technically complex product? Is the design of a smartphone more like the design of an entire car, or just a cup holder? Our speakers will discuss the oral argument, their views on the merits of the case, as well as the important policy questions related to the economic value of design patents.


  • Ms. Rachel W. Apter, Senior Associate, Orrick
  • Prof. Mark D. Janis, Robert A Lucas Chair of Law; Director, Center for Intellectual Property Research, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, Election Lawyer Center
Boston Lawyers Chapter

Julius Caesar is Shakespeare’s classic depiction of the abuse of power, political assassination and intrigue – a plot that would rival any episode of House of Cards or Scandal. The play offers a valuable and timeless springboard for a discussion of the use of executive power in 21st century America – and its future under a Clinton or Trump presidency.

The Shakespeare & the Law series features a staged reading of the abridged play performed by prominent judges, attorneys, journalists, political strategists and scholars, followed by a panel discussion that explores the implications of the work in the era of Obama, Clinton and Trump. Presented in partnership with the Federalist Society, McCarter & English LLP, and Foley Hoag LLP. 

This event took place at the Wimberly Theatre at the Boston Center of the Arts in Boston, MA on September 28, 2016.

Participants include:

  • David J. Barron, United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Jennifer C. Braceras, Attorney and Editor of NewBostonPost
  • Martha Coakley, Former Attorney General of Massachusetts
  • Nancy Gertner, Retired Judge, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Michael S. Greco, Partner at K&L Gates and past present of the American Bar Association
  • Nathaniel  M. Gorton, United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts
  • Jeff Jacoby, Op-Ed Columnist for The Boston Globe
  • Daniel J. Kelly, Chairman of the Boston Lawyers Division of the Federalist Society and a partner at McCarter & English
  • George A. O’Toole, Jr., United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts
  • Dean Reuter, Vice President & Director of the Practice Groups of the Federalist Society 
  • Carol Rose, Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts
  • F. Dennis Saylor IV, United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts 
  • Douglas P. Woodlock, United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts
  • Rya W. Zobel, United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts

Wimberly Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts
Boston, MA

Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast

Members of the Federalist Society’s Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Executive Committee will provide an update on recent important activity at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The wide-ranging discussion will cover the CFPB’s payday loan rulemaking, civil penalty fund, consumer complaint database, management challenges, and the bureau’s views on student loans. Another important topic will be the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s recent ruling in PHH Corporation, et. al., v. CFPB, that the CFPB's structure is unconstitutional.


  • Hon. Wayne A. Abernathy, Executive VP for Financial Institutions Policy and Regulatory Affairs, American Bankers Association
  • Julius L. Loeser, Of Counsel, Winston & Strawn LLP
Short video featuring Adam White

What is the proper role of the Supreme Court in the government and in society? Adam White, research fellow at the Hoover Institution, explains Federalist No. 78, Alexander Hamilton's take on the role of the Supreme Court, and what judicial independence means for America today.

Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast

Recent legal developments ranging from Supreme Court decisions to administrative actions have raised significant issues about the balance between religious liberties and prohibitions against discrimination. To what extent must an individual’s right to religious freedom yield to the state’s interest in protecting individuals against discrimination? Does the Free Exercise Clause extend beyond one’s home or church?

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently issued a report that appears to tilt in favor of nondiscrimination over religious liberty. What does this portend for the future of religious liberty?


  • Hon. Peter N. Kirsanow, , Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast

The growing role of the administrative agencies in American government is mirrored by a growing role of administrative law in legal education. The trend is exemplified by many law schools' introduction of "Legislation and Regulation" (or "Leg-Reg") as a first-year course.

But as the administrative stats and administrative law grow and change, how should the curriculum change?

To discuss this, the Administrative Law Section was pleased to host a teleforum with three leading administrative law scholars: Prof. Dan Farber of the University of California-Berkeley Law, Prof. Kristin Hickman of the University of Minnesota Law School, and Jim Tozzi, former regulatory official of the United States Office of Management and Budget and Director of Multinational Business Services at the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness.

The discussion was moderated by Adam White, a Research Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution and an adjunct professor at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School.


  • Prof. Dan Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law, Co-Director and Center for Law, Energy & Environment, California-Berkeley Law
  • Prof. Kristin Hickman, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Harlan Albert Rogers Professor in Law, University of Minnesota Law School and Associate Director, Corporate Institute
  • Jim Tozzi, Former Regulatory Official of the United States Office of Management and Budget and Director of Multinational Business Services at the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness
  • Moderator: Adam White, Research Fellow, The Hoover Institution