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Interpreting State Constitutions - Event Audio/Video

Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference
Judith L. French, Jeffrey S. Sutton, Steve Yarbrough, Matthew T. Kemp April 25, 2017

State courts are often faced with cases raising arguments under state and federal law. If there are similar provisions in both the United States Constitution and the Ohio Constitution, how should judges interpret these provisions? Must they be interpreted in the same way? If not, then what is needed to justify a court's decision to interpret text in the Ohio Constitution differently than similar (or even identical) text in the United States Constitution?

This panel was held during the Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference at the Athletic Club of Columbus on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Featuring:

  • Hon. Judith French, Ohio Supreme Court 
  • Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • Moderator: Hon. Steve Yarbrough, Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals
  • Introduction: Matt Kemp, President, Toledo Lawyers Chapter

Athletic Club of Columbus
Columbus, OH

Fighting Federal Encroachment - Event Audio/Video

Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference
Mike DeWine, David P. Fornshell, Wesley Goodman, Dave Yost, Eric Murphy, Benjamin M. Flowers April 25, 2017

In our nation's federalist system, the federal government's powers are limited to those that have been prescribed by the U.S Constitution, with additional powers reserved to the states. In recent years, state attorneys general have served as a robust check on executive branch overreach, increasingly using litigation to challenge federal encroachment with respect to environmental and land use issues, immigration, labor policy, and health care (among other examples). This panel will discuss what Ohio can and should do to fight federal encroachment into state affairs. How will federalism be protected during the Trump Administration?

This panel was held during the Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference at the Athletic Club of Columbus on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Featuring:

  • Hon. Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General 
  • David Fornshell, Warren County Prosecutor 
  • Hon. Wes Goodman, Ohio House of Representatives, District 87 
  • Hon. Dave Yost, Ohio Auditor of State
  • Moderator: Eric Murphy, Ohio State Solicitor

Athletic Club of Columbus
Columbus, OH

Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference Keynote Address by J.D. Vance - Event Audio/Video

Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference
J.D. Vance, Jedidiah Bressman April 25, 2017

The keynote address at the Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference was delivered at the Athletic Club of Columbus on Friday, March 31, 2017, by J.D. Vance, Author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. He was introduced by Jedidiah Bressman, President of the Ohio State University Student Chapter.

Keynote Speaker:

  • J.D. Vance, Author, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • Introduction: Jedidiah Bressman, President, Ohio State University Student Chapter

Athletic Club of Columbus
Columbus, OH

Convention of the States - Event Audio/Video

Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference
Thomas Brinkman, Jennifer Brunner, David F. Forte, Matt Huffman, Larry J. Obhof, Matthew R. Byrne April 25, 2017

Article V of the United States Constitution permits state legislatures to call a constitutional convention to consider amendments to the Constitution. State legislatures have never utilized this procedure. Calls for an Article V Convention have increased in recent years in response to the growth of the federal government. This panel will discuss whether the States should hold an Article V Convention to amend the Constitution, with a focus on whether Ohio would benefit from such amendments.

This panel opened the Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference at the Athletic Club of Columbus on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Featuring:

  • Hon. Tom Brinkman, Ohio House of Representatives, District 27
  • Hon. Jennifer Brunner, Ohio 10th District Court of Appeals
  • Professor David Forte, Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
  • Hon. Matt Huffman, Ohio State Senate, District 12
  • Moderator: Hon. Larry Obhof, Ohio Senate President
  • Introduction: Matthew Byrne, President, Cincinnati Lawyers Chapter

Athletic Club of Colubmus
Columbus, OH

Panel Discussion of DC Confidential: Inside the Five Tricks of Washington by Prof. David Schoenbrod - Event Audio/Video

Article I Initiative
Martin Frost, David Schoenbrod, Adam J. White April 24, 2017

In Professor David Schoenbrod’s new book DC CONFIDENTIAL: Inside the Five Tricks of Washington, he asserts that in the 1960s, elected officials in Congress and the White House figured out a system for enacting laws and spending programs—one that lets them take the credit for promising good news while avoiding the blame for producing bad results. He argues that with five key tricks, politicians of both parties now avoid accounting to the people for what the government does. The result is a vicious cycle of grand promises and budget gimmicks by elected officials, failed policies, blame-shifting by politicians, and spiraling distrust of a government too dysfunctional and unaccountable to solve major problems. The book contends that the ground rules of government must change so that elected officials will once again shoulder responsibility for results. Schoenbrod also offers a practical action plan for reform including a legislative solution—the "Honest Deal Act"—which would change incentives and fundamentally reform government procedures.

This program was held at the Rayburn House Office Building on April 19, 2017.

Featuring:

  • Honorable Martin Frost, Former Congressman, Vice-President, U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
  • Professor David Schoenbrod, Trustee Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Professor Adam White, Research Fellow, The Hoover Institution and Adjunct Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC