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Is the CFPB Unconstitutional?

Short video featuring Gregory Jacob
Gregory F. Jacob December 08, 2016

Is the consolidation of financial regulation oversight into one unelected official constitutional? Gregory Jacob, Partner at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, gives a history of the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as a response to the financial crisis of 2008 and discusses a recent decision by the D.C. Circuit regarding the agency's structure.

Should the Internet be Regulated Like a Utility?

Short video featuring Ajit Pai
Ajit V. Pai December 05, 2016

What is the role of the FCC in regulating the Internet? FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai gives an overview of Title II and how 19th-century regulations might not be the best solution to 21st-century problems.

Are Religious Healthcare Systems “Churches”?

Short video featuring Eric Rassbach
Eric Rassbach November 30, 2016

What are the limits of what constitutes a “church” under ERISA, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act? Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, explains the upcoming Supreme Court Case, Dignity Health v. Rollins. The “Dignity Case” highlights the ambiguity of the definition of “church-established enterprises,” such as the health care systems of religious organizations, and how they are impacted by the parameters of what constitutes religious exercise.

Should the Government Set Internet Prices?

Short video featuring Gus Hurwitz
Justin (Gus) Hurwitz November 28, 2016

Can price discrimination be good Internet policy? Professor Gus Hurwitz of the Nebraska College of Law explains the arguments for and against regulating the average cost of internet access, and how the economics of price discrimination can be used to increase Internet access.

Lame-Duck Lawmaking & the 20th Amendment

Short video featuring Edward J. Larson
Edward J. Larson November 23, 2016

What is the origin of the term “lame-duck?” Edward J. Larson, Professor and Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University gives a history of the 20th Amendment and discusses how lame-duck lawmaking has been part of our nation's history.