Are Religious Healthcare Systems “Churches”?

Short video featuring Eric Rassbach
Eric Rassbach November 30, 2016

What are the limits of what constitutes a “church” under ERISA, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act? Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, explains the upcoming Supreme Court Case, Dignity Health v. Rollins. The “Dignity Case” highlights the ambiguity of the definition of “church-established enterprises,” such as the health care systems of religious organizations, and how they are impacted by the parameters of what constitutes religious exercise.

Should the Government Set Internet Prices?

Short video featuring Gus Hurwitz
Justin (Gus) Hurwitz November 28, 2016

Can price discrimination be good Internet policy? Professor Gus Hurwitz of the Nebraska College of Law explains the arguments for and against regulating the average cost of internet access, and how the economics of price discrimination can be used to increase Internet access.

Lame-Duck Lawmaking & the 20th Amendment

Short video featuring Edward J. Larson
Edward J. Larson November 23, 2016

What is the origin of the term “lame-duck?” Edward J. Larson, Professor and Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University gives a history of the 20th Amendment and discusses how lame-duck lawmaking has been part of our nation's history.

Is Net Neutrality Good Policy?

Short video featuring Marvin Ammori and Ajit Pai
Marvin Ammori, Ajit V. Pai November 13, 2016

Is net neutrality good for innovation? Ajit Pai, Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission and Marvin Ammori, General Counsel of Hyperloop One, debate the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order and what role the government should have in regulating the Internet.

Insider Trading & the Rule of Law

Short video featuring Thaya Brook Knight
Thaya Brook Knight November 10, 2016

Insider trading is a serious crime, yet why is there no statute that explicitly prohibits it? Thaya Brook Knight of the Cato Institute explains how the courts have developed an understanding of Section 10b of the Securities and Exchange Act, implemented by the SEC in Rule 10b-5, to prohibit insider trading—and how that creates uncertainty in criminal law.