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The Constitutionality of Independent Agencies: The CFPB - Podcast

Litigation Practice Group Podcast
Peter Conti-Brown, Gregory F. Jacob August 25, 2016

In April, the mortgage lender PHH Corporation challenged the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) after being ordered by the CFPB to disgorge $109 million. PHH challenged the bureau’s legitimacy under Article II, and cited Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board as relevant precedent, because PCA officers could be removed for cause, and then, only by officers of the SEC. Meanwhile, the CFPB cited Humphrey’s Executor v. United States, in which the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which allowed the president to remove an FTC commissioner only for cause. Here to discuss the CFPB and the constitutionality of other independent agencies like it are Professor Peter Conti-Brown of The Wharton School and Gregory Jacob, partner at O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Featuring:

  • Mr. Peter Conti-Brown, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School
  • Mr. Gregory F. Jacob, Gregory F. Jacob Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Religious Freedom of Religious Colleges - Podcast

Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
Gregory S. Baylor August 25, 2016

Mr. Gregory S. Baylor of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses current and future challenges to the religious freedom of faith-based institutions of higher education, focusing on the ongoing debate over California Senate Bill 1146. Earlier versions of SB1146 would have significantly curtailed longstanding religious freedom protections in state anti-discrimination law, thereby exposing faith-based schools to liability for discrimination on the basis of religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity in student and employee relations. The bill's prime sponsor recently removed its most controversial provisions, but he indicated that a similar bill may be proposed in the next legislative session.

Featuring:

  • Mr. Gregory S. Baylor, Senior Counsel & Director of the Center for Religious Schools, Alliance Defending Freedom

Former NSA and CIA Director General Michael V. Hayden - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Michael V. Hayden, Jamil N. Jaffer August 24, 2016

General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, and retired United States Air Force four-star general, joined us to discuss his new book, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, his memoir as a career intelligence officer and leader. Though the book covers the arc of his entire professional life, our Teleforum focuses primarily on the cyber world, which General Hayden describes as “a domain of conflict and cooperation whose importance seems to grow by the hour” couched “in an era of shrinking trust in government and expanding global threats."

Featuring:

  • General Michael V. Hayden Principal, The Chertoff Group, Former NSA and CIA Director
  • Moderator: Prof. Jamil N. Jaffer, Adjunct Professor and Director, Homeland and National Security Law Program

Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission - Post-Decision SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 8-22-16 featuring Mark F. Hearne II
Mark F. Hearne August 22, 2016

On April 20, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. In 2012, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission redrew the map for the state legislative districts based on the results of the 2010 census. Wesley Harris and other individual voters sued the Commission and alleged that the newly redrawn districts were underpopulated in Democratic-leaning districts and over-populated in Republican-leaning ones and that the Commission had, therefore, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Commission countered that the population deviations were the result of attempts to comply with the Voting Rights Act. A three-judge district court ruled in favor of the Commission.

On appeal, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court by a vote of 8-0. Justice Breyer delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court, which held that the federal district court did not err in upholding Arizona's redistricting plan.  The challengers failed to demonstrate, the Court explained, that illegitimate considerations more likely than not were the predominant motivation for the plan's population deviations.

To discuss the case, we have Mark F. “Thor” Hearne, II, who is Partner at Arent Fox LLP.

Voter ID: A Debate - Podcast

Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
Maya Noronha, Daniel P. Tokaji August 22, 2016

Recent North Carolina, North Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin court decisions have invalidated voter ID laws under constitutional and Voting Rights Act challenges. How do these recent decisions square with Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, where the United States Supreme Court upheld the Indiana voter ID law in 2008? In this podcast, Maya M. Noronha, an election attorney at BakerHostetler, and Dan Tokaji, a law professor at The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, addressed these recent decisions and debated the legality of voter ID laws.

Featuring:

  • Ms. Maya Noronha, Associate, BakerHostetler
  • Prof. Daniel P. Tokaji, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University