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  • US Constitution
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    U.S. Constitution

    Judge Mikva spoke about the role of the federal government within the U.S. Constitution and described attempts to reduce and reform the federal government. After his prepared remarks, he…

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  • Discussion on the Life and Political Career of Abner Mikva
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    Life and Political Career of Abner Mikva

    Abner Mikva talked about his service in all three branches of the federal government and his experiences in state government. After serving ten years in the Illinois House of…

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  • Commander in Chief Powers
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    Commander in Chief Powers

    Panelists talked about presidential powers in wartime and the impact of executive decisions on civil liberties. Among the issues they addressed were the history of the Constitutional power…

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  • Role of the Presidents Counsel
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    Role of the President's Counsel

    The panelists discussed the role of the president’s counsel and described their work at the White House as the president’s top legal advisers. They also answered questions from the audience.

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  • Judiciary as an Equal Branch of Government
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    Judiciary as an Equal Branch of Government

    Mr. Mikva and Judge Abrahamson spoke about the status of the judiciary as an equal branch of the federal government through their own experiences. Then Professor Gillers moderated a panel…

    58 views
  • Freedom of Expression
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    Freedom of Expression

    Panelists and four Washington, DC students discussed how the U.S. Constitution has preserved freedoms, especially those listed in the first amendment. Hypothetical situations were created…

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  • Future of Judicial Review
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    Future of Judicial Review

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  • Former Senator Paul Simon Funeral
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    Former Senator Paul Simon Funeral

    Numerous dignitaries, family and friends spoke at Senator Paul Simon’s funeral, praising his life, his political ethics, and his moral courage. There were 3,500 mourners at the service for…

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  • Constitution Society Opening
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    Constitution Society Opening

    Leaders of the legal community addressed the kickoff event of the American Constitution Society (formerly the Madison Society), a new national organization working to transform the legal…

    96 views
  • White House Counsel
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    White House Counsel

    Participants talked about the function of the White House counsel and whether the Attorney General could perform those duties. They also talked about the role of the counsel in the…

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  • Judicial Independence and Accountability
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    Judicial Independence and Accountability

    The panelists discussed judicial independence and the relationship between the three branches of government.

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  • Judicial Independence
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    Judicial Independence

    Judge Rosen spoke first, introducing the panelists. Moderated by Mr. Graham, the panelists discussed issues of judicial independence. Topics included cameras in the courtroom, venue…

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  • Justice Brennan Tribute
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    Justice Brennan Tribute

    Legal scholars and others gathered to celebrate the constitutional legacy of Justice William Brennan. Assistant Attorney General Lee said that Brennan stressed that a fundamental purpose of the…

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  • Initiative and Referendum Process
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    Initiative and Referendum Process

    Mr. Mikva spoke about judicial review of state ballot initiatives and referendums. He stated that he believed judges should not be put in such a position to nullify such initiatives but…

    126 views
  • Constitutional Amendment Process
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    Constitutional Amendment Process

    This briefing was held for congressional staff and the media and the participants discussed how and when the Constitution should be amended. Sen. Bumpers talked about his career and said he spent most…

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  • Judicial Independence
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    Judicial Independence

    In its second hearing, the A.B.A. Commission on Judicial Independence and Separation of Powers heard testimony from judges, attorneys, law professors and other legal experts concerning the…

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  • Independent Counsel Statute
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    Independent Counsel Statute

    Committee members heard testimony from members of Congress, former independent counsels and others on the reauthorization and amendment of the statute first passed by Congress in 1978 to…

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  • Justice Brennan Retirement Anniversary
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    Justice Brennan Retirement Anniversary

    Justice Brennan’s aides and friends reminisced about their service with him and his significance to U.S. legal history. Clips of some of his speeches were also shown.

    173 views
  • Brennan Center for Justice Inauguration
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    Brennan Center for Justice Inauguration

    Supreme Court justices and others gathered to honor Justice Brennan and to celebrate the opening of a law center named for him at New York University.

    44 views
  • Washington Wednesday Journal
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    Washington Wednesday Journal

    Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers and legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes and…

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