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Breakfast with Shon Hopwood

DC Young Lawyers Chapter Tuesday, February 28, 08:00 AMThe Federalist Society
1776 I St NW
Suite #300
Washington, DC 20006


  • Shon Hopwood, Teaching Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center & Author of Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption

Travel Moratorium Executive Order

International & National Security Law Practice Group Teleforum Tuesday, February 28, 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

On January 21, President Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.” The order suspended immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the country by citizens of seven majority Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. It also suspended refugee admission into the United States for 120 days, and barred entry of Syrian refugees until further notice. The stated order’s purpose was to “ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles.”

The Washington State Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the order in District Court citing harm to Seattle residents. Judge James Robart in the Western District of Washington issued a restraining order on February 3 halting President Trump’s executive order nationwide. The Department of Justice appealed the restraining order to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which rejected the Justice Department’s appeal for an emergency stay.

David Bier of CATO and Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review, who have both written on the topic (see their pieces here and here respectively), will join activist Shireen Qudosi, Director of Muslim Matters with America Matters, to discuss the legality of the executive order.


  • Andrew C. McCarthy, Senior Fellow, National Review Institute
  • David J. Bier, Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity 
  • Shireen Qudosi, Director of Muslim Matters, America Matters 

Courthouse Steps: Packingham v. North Carolina

Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Teleforum Wednesday, March 01, 12:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

In Packingham v. North Carolina, the Supreme Court will decide whether the First Amendment bars a state from banning citizens from accessing social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. A North Carolina state makes it a felony for any person on the state's registry of former sex offenders to "access" a wide array of websites--including Facebook, YouTube, and enable communications among users if the site is known to allow minors to have accounts. The statute does not require the state to prove the defendant has actually had contact with a minor, intended to do so, or accessed a website for any illicit or improper purpose. ​Lester Packingham was convicted of violating the law for a Facebook post in which he celebrated the dismissal of a traffic ticket, declaring "God is Good!" Packingham and his supporters contend that law amounts to a sweeping, overbroad, and vague ban on protected speech untailored to any legitimate interest and unjustified by any compelling need. 


  • Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

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