International & National Security Law
- Human Rights & Immigration
- International Organizations
- International Tribunals
- National Security
- Trade, E-Commerce, & Investment
|2014 Annual Student Symposium - "Security vs. Freedom: Contemporary Controversies"|
|Marijuana and the States: How Should Federalism Principles Inform the Federal Government’s Response to State Marijuana Initiatives? - Event Audio/Video|
In 2013 voters in Colorado and Washington legalized the possession of marijuana under state law. Several other states allow the possession and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Yet marijuana remains illegal under federal law. The Justice Department has not sought to preempt these decisions, and has outlined a new enforcement policy that largely defers to state law enforcement on the assumption that states will effectively regulate the sale and possession of marijuana. Are the Justice Department’s efforts to accommodate state decisions about marijuana policy prudent or irresponsible? Could it do more? Should the federal government defer to state voters on the desirability of marijuana prohibition? How should principles of federalism inform the federal government’s response to state initiatives on marijuana? Can the federal government allow states to decriminalize marijuana possession and sale without undermining the rule of law?
National Press Club
|The Electorate and the Courts - Event Audio/Video|
Closing Panel: The Electorate and the Courts
|Showcase Panel IV: Textualism and Statutory Interpretation - Event Audio/Video|
In recent years, textualism has come to replace legislative history as the most important tool available to Supreme Court Justices when interpreting statutory text. This panel will examine the new textualism and will debate its merits. What are the arguments for and against textualism? When, if ever, ought a judge consider legislative history? This panel will also address the question of whether theJjustices all share the same approach to statutory interpretation or whether they continue to diverge in predictable ways. What effect does the choice of interpretive techniques have on congressional drafting of legislation in the future?
The Federalist Society's Practice Groups presented this showcase panel on "Textualism and Statutory Interpretation" on Saturday, November 16, during the 2013 National Lawyers Convention.
Showcase Panel IV: Textualism and Statutory Interpretation
|Sixth Annual Rosenkranz Debate - RESOLVED: Courts are too Deferential to the Legislature - Event Audio/Video|
The Sixth Annual Rosenkranz Debate was held on November 16, 2013, during The Federalist Society's 2013 National Lawyers Convention. The topic of the debate was "RESOLVED: Courts are too Deferential to the Legislature" and featured Prof. Randy Barnett of Georgetown University Law Center and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Judge Jerry Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit moderated.
Sixth Annual Rosenkranz Debate