The Government’s Duty to Defend the Law in Court - Podcast

Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast

October 29, 2010

John S. Baker, Jr., Walter E. Dellinger III, John C. Eastman, Dean A. Reuter

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  The Government’s Duty to Defend the Law in Court - MP3
Running Time: 00:39:58

Practice Groups PodcastsSeveral cases have brought to the fore the duty of the executive branch of government, either at the federal or state level, to zealously defend a duly enacted law, initiative or referendum. Our panel of experts will discuss how this duty applies generally, as well as in the matters of California's Prop. 8 case, the Defense of Marriage Act litigation, and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

Featuring:

  • Prof. John S. Baker, Jr., Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
  • Prof. Walter Dellinger, Chair of the Appellate Practice, O'Melveny & Myers LLP 
  • Prof. John C. Eastman, Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law, Director, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, and former Dean, Chapman University School of Law
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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Related Links

"How to Really End ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’" by Walter Dellinger - The New York Times, October 20, 2010
"A Bad Call on Gay Rights" - The New York Times, June 15, 2009
"Defending Prop. 8" - The Los Angeles Times, September 8, 2010
"Gross Dereliction of Duty" - National Review Online, December 23, 2008
"Gov't drops defense of anti-gay marriage law" - The Washington Post, February 23, 2011