Shakespeare & the Law: Julius Caesar - Event Audio/Video

Boston Lawyers Chapter
David Barron, Jennifer C. Braceras, Martha Coakley, Nancy Gertner, Michael Greco, Nathaniel M. Gorton, Jeff Jacoby, Daniel J. Kelly, George A. O'Toole Jr., Dean A. Reuter, Carol Rose, F. Dennis Saylor IV, Douglas P. Woodlock, Rya W. Zobel October 21, 2016

Julius Caesar is Shakespeare’s classic depiction of the abuse of power, political assassination and intrigue – a plot that would rival any episode of House of Cards or Scandal. The play offers a valuable and timeless springboard for a discussion of the use of executive power in 21st century America – and its future under a Clinton or Trump presidency.

The Shakespeare & the Law series features a staged reading of the abridged play performed by prominent judges, attorneys, journalists, political strategists and scholars, followed by a panel discussion that explores the implications of the work in the era of Obama, Clinton and Trump. Presented in partnership with the Federalist Society, McCarter & English LLP, and Foley Hoag LLP. 

This event took place at the Wimberly Theatre at the Boston Center of the Arts in Boston, MA on September 28, 2016.

Participants include:

  • David J. Barron, United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Jennifer C. Braceras, Attorney and Editor of NewBostonPost
  • Martha Coakley, Former Attorney General of Massachusetts
  • Nancy Gertner, Retired Judge, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Michael S. Greco, Partner at K&L Gates and past present of the American Bar Association
  • Nathaniel  M. Gorton, United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts
  • Jeff Jacoby, Op-Ed Columnist for The Boston Globe
  • Daniel J. Kelly, Chairman of the Boston Lawyers Division of the Federalist Society and a partner at McCarter & English
  • George A. O’Toole, Jr., United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts
  • Dean Reuter, Vice President & Director of the Practice Groups of the Federalist Society 
  • Carol Rose, Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts
  • F. Dennis Saylor IV, United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts 
  • Douglas P. Woodlock, United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts
  • Rya W. Zobel, United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts

Wimberly Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts
Boston, MA

Supreme Court Litigation in the Obamacare Cases - Event Audio/Video

Georgetown Student Chapter
Josh Blackman, Michael A. Carvin, Martin S. Lederman, Erin Murphy, Adam Liptak, Michael Munoz October 05, 2016

On September 27, 2016, the Georgetown Student Chapter of the Federalist Society, in conjunction with the national office's Faculty Division, held an event on Supreme Court advocacy and the Affordable Care Act cases.


  • Prof. Josh Blackman, Associate Professor of Law, Houston College of Law
  • Mr. Michael Carvin, Partner, Jones Day
  • Prof. Martin Lederman, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Ms. Erin Murphy, Partner, Bancroft, PLLC
  • Moderator: Mr. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent, New York Times
  • Introduction: Mr. Michael Munoz, President, Georgetown Student Chapter

Georgetown Law Center
Washington, DC

Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2016? - Event Audio/Video

Co-Sponsored by the Faculty Division and the Practice Groups
Thomas C. Goldstein, Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Carrie Severino, George J. Terwilliger, Robert Barnes September 28, 2016

October 4th will mark the first day of oral arguments for the 2016 Supreme Court term. The Court's docket already includes major cases involving insider trading, the Fourth Amendment, the Sixth Amendment, the Eighth Amendment, criminal law, IP and patent law, the Free Exercise and Equal Protection Clauses, the Fair Housing Act, and voting rights.

The full list of cases granted thus far for the upcoming term can be viewed on SCOTUSblog here. The panelists will also discuss the current composition and the future of the Court.

This event was held on September 27, 2016, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.


  • Mr. Thomas C. Goldstein, Goldstein & Russell PC
  • Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Georgetown Law Center
  • Ms. Carrie Severino, Judicial Crisis Network
  • Hon. George J. Terwilliger, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Moderator: Mr. Robert Barnes, The Washington Post

National Press Club
Washington, DC

Texas and Regulation - Event Audio/Video

Second Annual Texas Chapters Conference
Arif Panju, Timothy Sandefur, Prerak Shah, Russell Withers, Don R. Willett, Diane Kozub September 22, 2016

The tension between economic liberty and the state’s power to regulate economic activity has long served as a source for landmark cases and controversies.  Post-New Deal jurisprudence opened the floodgates to economic regulation.  In Texas, entrepreneurs who have developed cutting-edge innovations have found themselves tangled in regulatory red tape.  But one’s right to engage in economic activity free from unreasonable government interference has always been understood as being in lockstep with Texas’s independent spirit.  However, critics maintain that consumer protection and maintaining a level playing field are also important goals in crafting their regulatory policies. This tension has given rise to cases and legislative battles in the Lone Star State that have garnered national attention.  Will Texas continue to lead the way for entrepreneurs and innovators, and how will the regulatory state affect this trajectory?  What is the proper balance between innovation and regulation?

This panel took place on September 17, 2016, during the Second Annual Texas Chapters Conference in Austin, Texas. The theme for the conference was "The Separation of Powers in the Administrative State".

Panel Three: Texas and Regulation 
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Amphitheater 204

  • Mr. Arif Panju, Institute for Justice
  • Mr. Tim Sandefur, Goldwater Institute and author, The Right to Earn a Living
  • Mr. Prerak Shah, Office of Texas Attorney General
  • Mr. Russell Withers, General Counsel, Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute
  • Moderator: Hon. Don Willett, Texas Supreme Court
  • Introduction: Ms. Diane Kozub, Former Assistant United States Attorney at United States Attorney's Office

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Local Control or Abdication of Individual Rights? - Event Audio/Video

Second Annual Texas Chapters Conference
Phil King, Andrew P. Morriss, Don Zimmerman, Michael Massengale, Roger Borgelt, Leonard A. Leo September 22, 2016

A growing number of Texas municipalities are passing so-called "nanny state" restrictions and regulations that may interfere with Texans’ personal liberties, property rights, and livelihood. Advocates of these types of regulations defend them by citing a theory of “local control,” which posits that government works best when it is closest to the people. Our republic is founded upon the notion that all powers not granted to the federal government are reserved to the states or to the people. Some say the notion of local control being anything other than a specific grant of authority from the state government is a misunderstanding of federalism. This could lead to "grassroots tyranny" in which individual liberties of Texans are encroached by local government. Should the Legislature enforce strict limits on municipalities or should it defer to the will of a geographical majority? How can the Legislature reassert its primacy as the state’s lawgiver and defender of individual liberty if existing statutes are overlooked by the courts?  In short, this panel will discuss a theory of local control and determine whether the Texas Legislature has abdicated too much lawmaking authority to political subdivisions throughout the state.

This panel took place on September 17, 2016, during the Second Annual Texas Chapters Conference in Austin, Texas. The theme for the conference was "The Separation of Powers in the Administrative State".

Panel Two: Local Control or Abdication of Individual Rights?
1:15 p.m. - 2: 45 p.m.

Amphitheater 204

  • Hon. Phil King, Texas House of Representatives, District 61
  • Dean Andrew P. Morriss, Dean and Anthony G. Buzbee Dean’s Endowed Chair, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Hon. Don Zimmerman, Council Member, District 6, Austin
  • Moderator: Hon. Michael Massengale, First Court of Appeals, Texas
  • Introduction: Mr. Roger Borgelt, Principal and CEO, Borgelt Law
  • Introduction: Mr. Leonard A. Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX