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2017 National Lawyers Convention

November 16, 2017

The 2017 National Lawyers Convention is scheduled for Thursday, November 16 through Saturday, November 18 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. More information will be posted later this summer.

Courthouse Steps: Two Cases - Matal v. Tam and Packingham v. North Carolina - Podcast

Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
Ilya Shapiro, Michael R. Huston June 21, 2017

The Court has ruled today in two important cases, Matal v. Tam (aka "The Slants" copyright case) and Packingham v. North Carolina, which concerns a North Carolina law that restricts the access of convicted sex offenders to “commercial social networking” websites. Mr. Michael Huston and Mr. Ilya Shapiro joined us for this special Teleforum in which the holdings and reasoning of both cases were discussed.  

Featuring:

  • Mr. Michael R. Huston, Associate Attorney, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Mr. Ilya Shapiro,  Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

Courthouse Steps: Two Cases - Matal v Tam and Packingham v North Carolina

Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group Teleforum
Michael R. Huston, Ilya Shapiro June 20, 2017

The Court has ruled today in two important cases, Matal v. Tam (aka "The Slants" copyright case) and Packingham v. North Carolina, which concerns a North Carolina law that restricts the access of convicted sex offenders to “commercial social networking” websites.  Join us for this special Teleforum at which the holdings and reasoning of both cases will be discussed.  

Featuring:

  • Mr. Michael R. Huston, Associate Attorney, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Mr. Ilya Shapiro,  Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

Congressional Oversight of Voting Rights - Event Audio/Video

Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
Adam Ambrogi, Robert Popper, Robert A. Sensenbrenner, John Tanner, William S. Consovoy June 07, 2017

The Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference will examine the changing and often convoluted relationship between the legislative and the executive branches in the United States government. The Conference began with an opening address by Senator Mike Lee and concluded with a closing address by OMB Director Mick Mulvaney.

This panel of the 2017 Executive Branch Review Conference was held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 2017.

Breakout Session: Congressional Oversight of Voting Rights
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Senate Room

  • Mr. Adam Ambrogi, Program Director, Elections, Democracy Fund Voice
  • Mr. Robert Popper, Senior Attorney and Director, Election Integrity Project, Judicial Watch
  • Mr. Robert A. Sensenbrenner, General Counsel, Committee on House Administration
  • Mr. John Tanner, Former Chief, United States Department of Justice Voting Section
  • Moderator: Mr. Will Consovoy, Partner, Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC

Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

Privacy v. Freedom of the Press

Short video featuring Irina Manta
Irina D. Manta June 06, 2017

What is the proper balance between the right to privacy and freedom of speech? Prof. Irina Manta of Hofstra University presents the legal arguments on both sides of the issue, presenting the Gawker media case as an example of newsworthiness in the decision of a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Courthouse Steps: Cooper v. Harris Redistricting Update - Podcast

Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group Podcast
Hans A. von Spakovsky May 31, 2017

On May 22, the Supreme Court threw out two North Carolina congressional districts as discriminatory. State legislatures face confusion over how to redistrict without violating either the Voting Rights Act or the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. What does this case mean for the redistricting that will occur throughout the country after the 2010 Census?  How can courts distinguish between legally acceptable partisan and unacceptable racial motives in redistricting when certain racial groups disproportionately support one particular political party? Hans von Spakovsky, a former commissioner on the Federal Election Commission and former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Justice Department, discussed these issues and the Cooper decision.

Featuring:

  • Hans A. von Spakovsky, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Courthouse Steps: Cooper v. Harris Redistricting Update

Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group Teleforum
Hans A. von Spakovsky May 30, 2017

On May 22, the Supreme Court threw out two North Carolina congressional districts as discriminatory. State legislatures face confusion over how to redistrict without violating either the Voting Rights Act or the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. What does this case mean for the redistricting that will occur throughout the country after the 2010 Census?  How can courts distinguish between legally acceptable partisan and unacceptable racial motives in redistricting when certain racial groups disproportionately support one particular political party? Hans von Spakovsky, a former commissioner on the Federal Election Commission and former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Justice Department, will discuss these issues and the Cooper decision.

Featuring:

  • Hans A. von Spakovsky, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Campaign Finance & Free Speech

Short video featuring John O. McGinnis
John O. McGinnis May 26, 2017

What are the limits on campaign financing under the First Amendment? Professor John O. McGinnis at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law discusses the issues at stake in the debate over campaign finance laws.

Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference

The Relationship between Congress and the Executive Branch
May 17, 2017

The Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference will examine the changing and often convoluted relationship between the legislative and the executive branches in the United States government. This daylong conference will feature plenary panels, addresses, and breakout panels on topics such as “The Unitary Executive,” “Chevron Deference,” and “Congressional Oversight of Voting Rights.”

The Conference will begin with an opening address by Senator Mike Lee and end with a closing address by OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and a reception.

Universities & the First Amendment

Short Video featuring Michael McConnell
Michael W. McConnell May 09, 2017

What is the status of free speech on college campuses? Professor Michael McConnell of Stanford Law School gives his historical perspective on free speech at American universities and warns us of the great danger of intolerance among students that is increasing at our universities.