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  • Border Security National Emergency Declaration
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    Border Security National Emergency Declaration

    The Cato Institute hosted a discussion about President Trump’s border security national emergency declaration. They talked about the constitutional and statutory implications and made…

  • First Amendment and Hate Speech Debate
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    First Amendment and Hate Speech Debate

    The National Constitution Center co-hosted a debate in Chicago with the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society on the First Amendment and hate speech, both on college…

  • Obstruction of Justice Law
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    Obstruction of Justice Law

    Legal experts and scholars took part in a discussion on obstruction of justice law, which was a part of the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.…

  • Vice President Joe Biden Delivers Remarks at the American Constitution Societys 2016 Convention
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    Vice President Biden Remarks at American Constitution Society

    Vice President Joe Biden criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his comments against U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel who was overseeing lawsuits against Trump University. He said the…

  • Discussion on Freedom of Speech
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    Freedom of Speech

    Panelists talked about the differences between liberal and conservative interpretations of freedom of speech. Topics included free speech on college campuses, campaign donation privacy and disclosure, Citizens…

  • Discussion on Financing Judicial Campaigns
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    Financing Judicial Campaigns

    Panelists talked about Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, which affects financing judicial campaigns. The U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral argument on January 20, 2015, on whether barring…

  • Justice Ginsburg Remarks
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    Justice Ginsburg Remarks

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke about some of the cases heard during the 2011-2012 term, including cases involving strip searches of suspects arrested for minor offenses and Fourth Amendment…

  • emCorporations Are Not Peopleem
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    Corporations Are Not People

    Jeffrey Clements argued that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision was flawed and outlined a plan to reverse it. He also responded to questions. This cocktail reception and…

  • Rule of Law and the Executive Branch
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    Rule of Law and the Executive Branch

    A panel discussion was held on law and justice policies in the next Administration. Panel members focused on how an Obama or McCain Administration should differ from the Bush…

  • Law and Justice Issues
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    Law and Justice Issues

    Eric Holder contrasted the Bush administration’s legal policies to what he expects from a new presidential administration.

  • Washington DC Gun Control Law
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    Washington, D.C. Gun Control Law

    The panelists discussed the U.S. Supreme Court case, District of Columbia v. Heller, which concerns the constitutionality of the District of Columbia’s ban on the private possession of handguns.…

  • Constitutional Issues
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    Constitutional Issues

    Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer gave their views on the Constitution. They talked about the meaning of justice and interpreting the law, and they described many examples of cases…

  • Separation of Powers
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    Separation of Powers

    The opening plenary session of the annual convention of the American Constitution Society was titled gSeparation of Powers: Restoring the Balance Among the Branches. h Panelists spoke about…

  • Privacy Issues
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    Privacy Issues

    Senator Hillary Clinton opened the annual convention of the American Constitution Society with a policy address on privacy. Among the issues she addressed were the Bush administration’s…

  • emRighteous Anger at the Wicked Statesem
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    Righteous Anger at the Wicked States

    Professor Johnson talked about his book Righteous Anger at the Wicked States: The Meaning of the Founders' Constitution, published by Cambridge University Press. He related the history of…

  • 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…

  • Domestic Surveillance and Executive Powers
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    Domestic Surveillance and Executive Powers

    Former Vice President Al Gore spoke about domestic surveillance and other policies of the Bush administration, saying that the president had been “breaking the law repeatedly and insistently” in a “shameful…

  • Moral Values and the Constitution
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    Moral Values and the Constitution

    Moderated by Mr. Dellinger, federal judges talked about morality and how it factors into interpreting the Constitution. Topics included whether judges should take into account what they see…

  • Constitutional Issues
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    Constitutional Issues

    Judge Martin and others addressed the national convention of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy on the topic, “Law or Politics: Is There a Progressive Constitution?” Legal…

  • Keynote Address
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    Keynote Address

    Former Senator Edwards delivered the keynote address, titled “Trials and Effects on Two Americas,” to the American Constitution Society national convention. Among the topics he addressed…

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