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    Free Speech

    First Amendment law experts talked about One, Inc. v. Olesen*, a landmark free speech case, and its long-standing effect on later obscenity rulings. Among the topics they discusses were the…

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    Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Cases

    Legal scholars and same-sex marriage advocates talked about Supreme Court oral arguments in two same-sex marriage cases. Hollingsworth v. Perry concerned California’s Proposition 8 law,…

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    Schools For Misrule

    Walter Olson reports that many political leaders who influence what the author considers poor national policy are graduates of the nation’s premiere law schools. Mr. Olson relays that…

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    Government Role in Nutrition Guidelines

    Maya Rockeymoore and Walter Olson talked about the role of the federal government in setting nutrition guidelines for schools, and they responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.…

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    The Rule of Lawyers

    Former Attorney General Thornburgh (1988-1991) introduced Mr. Olson. Mr. Olson discussed his book, The Rule of Lawyers: How the New Litigation Elite Threatens America’s Rule of Law, published by Truman…

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    Tort Reform

    Mr. Olson and Mr. Bland debated proposals to change legislation governing class action lawsuits. Among the issues they addressed were consumer interests, lawyers fees in class action suits,…

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    Gun Liability

    Witnesses testified about gun liability legislation. The bill under consideration, H.R. 1036, the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act", was designed "to prohibit civil liability actions…

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    Employment Laws Impact on Productivity

    Mr. Olson summarized the main arguments in his book, The Excuse Factory. He stressed that anti-discrimination laws protect many unsatisfactory employees at the expense of productivity and…

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    The American Legal System

    In a conference entitled, “Common Ground: Where Can Liberals and Conservatives Agree?” panelists spoke on current legal system problems,following which they took questions from the audience.

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