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    Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention, Day 1, Panel 2

    Judge William Pryor, who was on President-elect Trump’s list as a possible U.S. Supreme Court nominee, moderated a discussion on the importance Justice Antonin Scalia placed on the Federalist Papers' views of the…

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    Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention, Senator Sasse

    Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) talked about his views on the U.S. Constitution and how they relate to the scope and size of government. Topics included the importance of civic education and of the First Amendment.…

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    Federalist Society Annual Dinner with Justice Clarence Thomas

    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke about the legacy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died February 13, 2016. He talked about Justice Scalia’s constitutional philosophy of originalism that framed…

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    Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention, Day 1, Panel 1

    Judge Sandra Ikuta, who was on President-elect Trump’s list as a possible U.S. Supreme Court nominee, moderated a discussion on using legislative history in deciding cases. In 1986 Justice Scalia changed the prevailing…

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    Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention, Senator Cruz

    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talked about the legacy of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the role of the judicial branch in interpreting the U.S. Constitution. He also talked about the importance of selecting…

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    Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention, Governor Haley

    Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) spoke about the 2016 election, saying voters “rejected the political class of all stripes, Republicans included.” She also outlined her ideas on how the Republican Party could regain…

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    Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention, Day 2

    Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ben Sasse (R-NE), and others addressed the Federalist Society’s annual National Lawyers Convention.

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    Polarization in Society and Politics

    Professor John Inazu talked about his book, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference, followed by a panel discussion on polarization and pluralism in the U.S. Topics included…

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    Free Speech on College Campuses

    Attorney Howard Bashman spoke about the threats to free speech on college campuses and the consequences restriction on free speech could have for the future. He described some of the dangers for the future as the present “bubble wrap…

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    Justice Scalia's Legacy

    Former law clerks of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia talked about the late justice’s legacy and influence. Panelists included a former Texas solitictor general, a former clerk to…

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    Powers of the States

    Nevada’s attorney general and the former attorney general of Alabama talked about the increasingly activist roles many top lawyers for states were taking. They also answered questions from members of the audience.…

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    Civil Rights and Criminal Justice

    Attorneys and civil rights advocates talked about the state of civil rights law. They focused on needed reforms in the criminal justice system and community relations with local law…

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    U.S. Supreme Court and Conservatism

    A panel of conservative legal experts and U.S. Supreme Court observers discussed the nation’s highest court under Chief Justice John Roberts, the decisions it has made, and what aspects of his legacy would be most…

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    Congressional Powers

    Political science and legal scholars talked about the relationship between Congress and the other branches of government, including how the distribution of power has changed. Topics include the contention that the…

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    Open Internet Rules and Jurisdiction

    Ajit Pai and Maureen Ohlhausen talked about *net neutrality, and whether the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) ruling on the issue encroaches on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC)…

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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…

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    Supreme Court 2014 Term Preview

    Constitutional attorneys and scholars previewed major cases in the 2014 Supreme Court term, which would begin October 6, 2014. Notable cases on the docket included racial gerrymandering of…

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    Recess Appointments Debate

    Law professors debated the constitutionality of President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012. The Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the…

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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…

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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…

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