November 8, 2018 - 12:00 pm
On Thursday, November 8, at noon, please join the Federalist Society in welcoming Professor Michael Stokes Paulsen for a debate on the role of stare decisis in Supreme Court jurisprudence. A graduate of Yale Law School, Professor Paulsen argues that the doctrine of stare decisis fails to support judicial efficiency, stability, or credibility—the very values the doctrine is meant to protect. Professor Paulsen ultimately argues that “the doctrine may be repudiated, consistently with the doctrine.” Joining Professor Paulsen for this debate will be Professor Bridget Fahey, a Sharswood Fellow at Penn Law.
November 7, 2018 - 12:00 pm
On Wednesday, November 7, at noon, please join the Federalist Society in welcoming Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director of the Judicial Crisis Network, for a discussion on the legacy of Justice Clarence Thomas. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Ms. Severino clerked for Judge David Sentelle (D.C. Cir.) and Justice Thomas. After twenty-seven years on the bench, his legacy is already being debated; for example, ThinkProgress, a progressive outlet, declared him the "most important legal thinker of his generation." Professor Mitchell Berman will also be participating in the discussion.
Wednesday - 10/10/2018 - 6:00 pm - Gittis 1 - Cosponsored by APALSA
On Wednesday, October 10 (6:00), please join the Federalist Society and APALSA for a debate on this question. Arguing for the proposition is Professor Richard Sander of UCLA Law. Professor Sander received his law degree, as well as a Ph.D. in economics, from Northwestern. In addition to teaching, he is currently an advisor to the plaintiffs in the Harvard affirmative action litigation. Arguing against the proposition is Professor Jonah Gelbach. Professor Jonathan Klick will moderate.
The event will take place at 6 PM in Gittis 1 and dinner from Wishbone will be served.
Monday, 10/01/2018 - Gittis 214 - Cosponsored by Penn Law's American Constitution Society
Justice Cardozo said, freedom of expression is “the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.” As we seek “justice for all,” join the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society in discussing how vital the First Amendment is to achieving the freedoms pursued by social justice initiatives. Panelists include Joe Cohn (Legislative & Policy Director; FIRE), Catherine Sevcenko (Director of Legal Strategy; Equal Justice Under Law), Shelby Emmett (Director of Free Speech; American Legislative Exchange) and others to be announced who will discuss the First Amendment's intersection with social justice. The event will be in Gittis 214, with lunch for those who RSVP.
This program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $40.00 ($10.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.
Wednesday - 9/26 - 12:00 pm - Gittis 2
On Wednesday, September 26, at noon, please join the Penn Law Federalist Society in welcoming David Lat, Founder and Managing Editor of Above the Law. After graduating from Yale Law, Mr.Lat clerked for Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain (9th Circuit) and worked at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. In 2008, Mr. Lat founded Above the Law, a blog dedicated to discussing law firms, the legal profession, and various legal debates. Mr. Lat will speak on the Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, the accusations against him, and his potential impact if confirmed. Professor Kermit Roosevelt will provide responsive commentary. The event will take place in Gittis 2, and food from Chick-fil-A will be served.
Join the Penn Law Federalist Society on Wednesday, September 19 (at noon) as we welcome Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. After graduating from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in 1990, Judge Sutton clerked for Judge Thomas Meskill of the Second Circuit, and Justices Lewis Powell and Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Sutton served for three years as the Solicitor General of Ohio, arguing on behalf of the state of Ohio in both state and federal court. Judge Sutton is an expert on state constitutional law and recently published 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law.
Tuesday - September 12 - 12:00 pm - Gittis 214
Erin Murphy is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice focuses on Supreme Court, appellate, and constitutional litigation. Erin has been recognized by many organizations, including the National Law Journal who listed her as one of the nation’s “Outstanding Women Lawyers” and a “Rising Star." Come listen to her speak on Gill v. Whitford and the future of Gerrymandering. Penn Law's own Mitch Berman will also be providing remarks.
Lunch from Wishbone will be served!
Thursday - September 13 - Gittis 214 - 12:00 pm
Join Penn Law Fed Soc and Judge Bibas of the Third Circuit in kicking off the new academic year with an introduction to who we are as an organization and an explanation of why you should join us!
Lunch from Mama's Vegetarian will be served!