Historian and author Walter Stahr discusses the life and lasting influence of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He discusses John Jay’s co-authorship of several of the Federalist Papers and the pivotal role he played in the founding of our nation. For more information on John Jay, check out our Part I video or browse the related content.
On June 27, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Robert F. McDonnell v. United States. The Court vacated the public corruption convictions of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, finding that the prosecution failed to properly instruct the jury on the definition of an “official action” as used in the federal bribery statute, Hobbs Act, and honest-services fraud statute. However, the Court rejected McDonnell's claims that the honest services statute and Hobbs Act are unconstitutional, and left the Court of Appeals to reconsider whether McDonnell had committed an "official act" under the Court's new definition. Our experts discussed the impact of the opinion, and debated its merits, as it relates to public corruption law and the criminal law more generally, as well as to the First Amendment and campaign finance law.
Prof. Randall D. Eliason, George Washington University Law School
William J. Haun, Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP
Stephen R. Klein, Attorney, Pillar of Law Institute
Tara Malloy, Deputy Executive Director, Campaign Legal Center
On May 18, 2016, President Obama and the Secretary of Labor announced new overtime regulations that will increase the number of workers receiving overtime to all those making under $913/week. In doing so, 4.2 million more workers will be eligible for overtime by December 1, 2016. Advocates assert that the new regulation will bring more families closer to a living wage. Businesses argue that the regulations will inflict costs they will not be able to cover without decreasing base salaries or lowering the number of employees. Legislation is pending in the House and Senate that would prevent the Department of Labor from passing the regulation until they have completed “full and complete economic analysis” and worked to “minimize the impact on such employers, before promulgating any substantially similar rule” (H.R. 2016). Business interests are mobilizing to file a complaint as well. Our labor and employment experts discusses the case.
Tammy D. McCutchen, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, PC
Elizabeth K. Dorminey, Of Counsel, Wimberly, Lawson, Steckel, Schneider & Stine P.C.
On July 1, 1991, President George H. W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court of the United States. In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the nomination, the Federalist Society hosted a panel of legal experts, including a number of Justice Thomas' former law clerks, to offer their personal remembrances and assessments of the Justice's contributions to the law and the Court.
Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Founding Partner, Boyden Gray & Associates
Hon. Gregory G. Katsas, Partner, Jones Day (Clerked 1991-1992)
On June 27, 2016, the United States Supreme Court concluded its October 2015 term by issuing decisions in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, McDonnell v. United States, and Voisine v. United States. Our experts discussed the opinions and the term.
Hon. Gregory G. Katsas, Partner, Jones Day
Roger Severino, Director, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, The Heritage Foundation