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Call for Papers -- Junior Scholars Colloquium

Timothy Courtney January 11, 2017

We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for our sixth annual Junior Scholars Colloquium, which is tentatively scheduled for June 23-25, 2017 at Loews Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. The Junior Scholars Colloquium provides eight junior faculty members (as defined in the submission criteria below) with the opportunity to present competitively selected, unpublished papers and receive comments from more senior faculty members to help improve their scholarship.


Washington Post: "Justice Dept. to Focus on Individuals in Cases of Corporate Misconduct"

The Limits of Federal Criminal Law--Livestream

Timothy Courtney December 08, 2016

In the last year, the Department of Justice lost three major cases against Fed Ex, Vascular Solutions and Warner Chilcott. Critics argue that each case was an example of over-enforcement by DOJ and overcriminalization by Congress. Proponents assert that it is a critical role of government to police and dissuade bad acts by private citizens and corporations. Are there too many federal agencies, giving prosecutors too much power over individuals and corporations? Is it good policy to prosecute individual employees of a corporation, as suggested in the Yates memorandum? Panelists, including lawyers in each of these three cases, will discuss the limits of federal criminal law and prosecutions.


Streaming live from the National Press Club in Washington, DC at approximately 12:30.

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National Lawyers Convention Live Stream

Timothy Courtney November 16, 2016

The Federalist Society Blog is pleased to host live streams of ten National Lawyers Convention panels and addresses this week, starting with Thursday morning's showcase panel. Check back here if you can't make it to the Convention, and share!

Concluded panels:

The Evolution of Justice Scalia's Views on Administrative Law

How Justice Scalia's Writing Style Affected American Jurisprudence

Justice Scalia's Contribution to Antitrust Law

Courts vs. Congress: What is a Patentable Invention?

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture: Senator Ben Sasse

International & National Security Law: Justice Scalia’s Jurisprudence & National Security

Addresses by Gov. Nikki Haley & Sen. Ted Cruz

Rules v. Standards in Constitutional & Statutory Interpretation

Justice Scalia on Federalism and the Separation of Powers

Labor and Employment Law: the Battle for the Gig Economy

Panel discussion on Justice Scalia's constiutional legacy concerning statutory interpretation



FedSoc members at the Constitutional Court of Ukraine

Timothy Courtney October 12, 2016

From October 7-8, in association with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, at the invitation of Judge Yurii Baulin, Chairman of the Court, Jim Kelly, Director of International Affairs for the Federalist Society, attended the International Conference "Constitutional Control and the Process of Democratic Transformation in Modern Society" in Kyiv, Ukraine, in which several members of the Federalist Society's European Judicial Network are participating.

Photo: clockwise from top left: Yuriy Shemshuchenko, Director of the Institute of State and Law at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Dainius Zalimas, President of the Constitutional Court of Lithuania, Alexandru Tanase, President of the Constitutional Court of Moldova, George Papuashvili, President of the Constitutional Court of Georgia (2006-2016), Serhii Vdovichenko, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, Stanislav Shevchuk, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, Jim Kelly.


Texas Chapters Conference panels rundown

Merritt Lander September 28, 2016

The Texas Chapter of the Federalist Society held its second annual chapter conference on September 17 in Austin, Texas. The theme of the weekend was “The Separation of Powers in the Administrative State.”

The Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton opened the event with vigor. He led with a well-received quip, stating that he “doesn’t mind living here in Austin, because it’s not that far from Texas.” He then went on to speak regretfully on the number of laws that continue to proliferate, and the incoherency of those laws. In conclusion, he said, “I’ll call agency deference what it is: unconstitutional.” [Read More]