Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2016? - Event Audio/Video

Co-Sponsored by the Faculty Division and the Practice Groups
Thomas C. Goldstein, Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Carrie Severino, George J. Terwilliger, Robert Barnes September 28, 2016

October 4th will mark the first day of oral arguments for the 2016 Supreme Court term. The Court's docket already includes major cases involving insider trading, the Fourth Amendment, the Sixth Amendment, the Eighth Amendment, criminal law, IP and patent law, the Free Exercise and Equal Protection Clauses, the Fair Housing Act, and voting rights.

The full list of cases granted thus far for the upcoming term can be viewed on SCOTUSblog here. The panelists will also discuss the current composition and the future of the Court.

This event was held on September 27, 2016, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.


  • Mr. Thomas C. Goldstein, Goldstein & Russell PC
  • Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Georgetown Law Center
  • Ms. Carrie Severino, Judicial Crisis Network
  • Hon. George J. Terwilliger, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Moderator: Mr. Robert Barnes, The Washington Post

National Press Club
Washington, DC

Midnight Monuments: The Antiquities Act and the Executive Authority to Designate National Monuments - Podcast

Environmental Law and Property Rights Practice Group Podcast
Donald J. Kochan, Charles Wilkinson September 26, 2016

The Antiquities Act of 1906 provides, in part, that “The President may, in the President's discretion, declare by public proclamation historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest that are situated on land owned or controlled by the Federal Government to be national monuments.” 54 U.S.C. §320301(a). Declaring a national monument brings substantial new layers of protected status to the areas or thing so designated, precluding many previously-authorized uses of the area or thing as well. To varying degrees, U.S. Presidents have exercised this authority both during the regular course of their administration and sometimes with heightened vigor at the end, or “midnight hour,” of their final term. Our experts examined the historic use of the Antiquities Act authority and particularly the phenomena of “midnight monument” designations across administrations, including those already completed or anticipated by the now-outgoing Obama Administration. Their analysis included a discussion of the controversial proposal to designate a Bears Ears national monument in Utah in the coming weeks, the historically large expansion in August of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to 582,578 square miles of land and sea, the September 15 designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, and more.


  • Prof. Donald J. Kochan, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Chapman University School of Law
  • Prof. Charles Wilkinson Distinguished Professor, Moses Lasky Professor of Law History and Society in the American West; Indian Law; Public Land Law; Water Law, University of Colorado Law School

Regulations at the End of the Obama Administration - Podcast

Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
Sofie Miller, Sam Batkins, Adam J. White September 23, 2016

From the EPA to HHS to the CFPB, the volume of regulatory rulemaking and other agency actions has been a major point of controversy throughout the Obama Administration’s eight years. So it is only fitting that the Administration’s closing months should spur research on new regulations and those yet to come before the Administration’s clock strikes “midnight.” On September 22, the Federalist Society will host a teleforum to discuss these issues, with the authors of two such studies.

In “600 Major Regulations,” Sam Batkins of the American Action Forum updates the AFF’s 2015 report on the Administration’s volume of "major rules”—that is, the rules that each have a projected impact of $100 million or more annually. According to his report, the Administration’s 600 rules in 7.5 years "is 20 percent more than the previous president did in eight years,” and will "cost for more than $740 billion in regulatory burdens.”

And in “The Final Countdown: Projecting Midnight Regulations,” Sofie Miller and Daniel Pérez of George Washington University’s Regulatory Studies Center analyze the “midnight rules” that the Obama Administration might finalize in coming weeks and months, before the next President has a chance to block them. Applying new quantitative models, they forecast that an average of 72 "economically significant” rules will be published between July 2016 and January 2017, a 118% increase over the Obama Administration’s current average rate of regulation.

The Federalist Society’s Administrative Law Section is pleased to host two of the authors of these reports to discuss their findings: Sam Batkins and Sofie Miller. The discussion will be moderated by Adam White, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.


  • Sam Batkins, Author, Director of Regulatory Policy, American Action Forum
  • Sofie Miller Senior Policy Analyst, Regulatory Studies Center, George Washington University
  • Moderator: Adam White, Research Fellow, The Hoover Institution

Litigation Update: Crisis Pregnancy Centers and the First Amendment - Podcast

Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
Stephen Casey September 22, 2016

On September 8, 2016 Liberty Counsel filed its opening brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Mountain Right to Life v. Kamala Harris. The case is a challenge to California’s Assembly Bill 775, which requires all “licensed covered facilit(ies)” which have a “primary purpose” of “providing family program or pregnancy-related services” to tell clients on site that “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women.” The legislation was passed in response to pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, which do not mention abortion in their pregnancy counseling.


  • Stephen Casey, Author, President and Senior Counsel, Casey Law Office, P.C.