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  • SameSex Marriage Debate
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    Same-Sex Marriage Debate

    Sherif Girgis and Andrew Koppelman debated same-sex marriage. Mr. Sherif argued against same-sex marriage, saying the issue was not about equality but rather what marriage is and the reasons states are…

  • Justice Thomas on the Supreme Court
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    Justice Thomas on the Supreme Court

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas talked about his career. He credited Justice Antonin Scalia with helping him adjust to being a Supreme Court justice, and called himself “beat up” after his confirmation hearing, saying he…

  • emSaving Justiceem
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    Saving Justice

    Frank Easterbrook, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, talked about the late Robert Bork’s last book, Saving Justice: Watergate, the Saturday Night Massacre, and Other…

  • Supreme Court and the Death Penalty
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    Supreme Court and the Death Penalty

    John Stinneford spoke about the Supreme Court and the death penalty at Ava Maria University Law School and Federalist Society. He talked about the meaning behind “cruel and unusual punishment” and gave…

  • Judge Neil Gorsuch on Ironies of the Law
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    Judge Neil Gorsuch on Ironies of the Law

    A selection of highlights from a speech by Judge Neil Gorsuch on the ironies of the law. This was from the 13th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture of the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers…

  • emDumbing Down the Courtsem
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    Dumbing Down the Courts

    John Lott talked about his book, Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench, in which he argues that partisan politicians do not like to nominate smart…

  • Supreme Court 201314 Term Preview
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    Supreme Court 2013-14 Term Preview

    Attorneys and legal experts previewed the 2013-14 Supreme Court term. Topics included cases involving affirmative action, campaign finance, and the First Amendment. Speakers: Michael A.…