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The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. This podcast feed contains audio files of Federalist Society panel discussions, debates, addresses, and other events related to law and public policy. Additional audio and video can be found at https://fedsoc.org/commentary.
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On March 1-2, 1991, the Federalist Society's Yale Law School student chapter hosted the annual National Student Symposium in New Haven, Connecticut. The topic of the conference was "The Bill of Rights After 200 Years." The conference's third panel discussed "The Bill of Rights and Governmental Structure."Featuring:Prof. Akhil Amar, Yale Law SchoolWalter Berns, Professor Emeritus, Georgetown UniversityProf. Kate Stith, Yale Law SchoolProf. John Langbein, Yale Law SchoolModerator: Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit*******As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
The terrorist attacks of 9/11 profoundly affected America. This program presented a conversation among former government officials at the vital center of our response. Beginning with recollections of their activities on that day, they presented a retrospective and prospective analysis of the meaning and effect of the attacks on the nation, our national security, and our ongoing struggle against terrorists.Featuring:Judge Michael B. Mukasey, Of Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; U.S.D.C. S.D.N.Y., 1987-2006, and U.S. Attorney General, 2007-2009Hon. William J. Haynes II, General Counsel of the Department of Defense, 2001-2008Moderator: Hon. Mary Beth Buchanan, EVP Americas and Global Chief Legal Officer, Merkle Science; and former U.S Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2001-2009* * * * * As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.
On March 1-2, 1991, the Federalist Society's Yale Law School student chapter hosted the annual National Student Symposium in New Haven, Connecticut. The topic of the conference was "The Bill of Rights After 200 Years." The conference began with introductory remarks and a panel titled "Should the Bill of Rights Fully Protect Fundamental Freedoms?".Welcome & Introduction:Introductory Remarks: Prof. Owen M. Fiss, Yale Law SchoolIntroductory Remarks: Judge Ralph K. Winter, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second CircuitFeaturing:Prof. Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law SchoolProf. Richard Epstein, University of Chicago Law SchoolProf. Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties UnionProf. Robert Ellickson, Yale Law SchoolModerator: William Barr, Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice*******As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
On September 13-14, 1991, the Federalist Society hosted its fifth annual National Lawyers Convention at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference was titled "Individual Responsibility and the Law." The second day of the convention featured a luncheon address by Dr. Peter Huber.Featuring:Dr. Peter Huber, Senior Fellow, Manhattan InstituteIntroduction: John P. McConnell, Speechwriter, Vice President Dan Quayle*******As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
On September 13-14, 1991, the Federalist Society hosted its fifth annual National Lawyers Convention at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference was titled "Individual Responsibility and the Law." The conference concluded with a panel discussing "Mandatory Pro Bono: Collective Discharge of Duty or Compelled Free Service?".Featuring:Alexander Forger, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloyProf. Jonathan Macey, Cornell Law SchoolModerator: Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, United States Court of Appeals, DC Circuit*******As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
On September 13-14, 1991, the Federalist Society hosted its fifth annual National Lawyers Convention at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference was titled "Individual Responsibility and the Law." The second day of the conference included a panel on "Personal Responsibility in Criminal Law."Featuring:Prof. Joseph D. Grano, Wayne State University School of LawProf. Norval Morris, University of Chicago Law SchoolAdam Walinsky, Kronish, Lieb, Weiner and HellmanModerator: Lois Haight Herrington, former Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice*******As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
On September 13-14, 1991, the Federalist Society hosted its fifth annual National Lawyers Convention at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference was titled "Individual Responsibility and the Law." The first day of the conference concluded with a banquet address by William J. Bennett. Featuring: William J. Bennett, Hudson InstituteIntroduction: David McIntosh, National Co-Chairman, The Federalist SocietyOpening Remarks: Peter Keisler, Director, The Federalist Society*******As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
On September 13-14, 1991, the Federalist Society hosted its fifth annual National Lawyers Convention at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference was titled "Individual Responsibility and the Law." The second panel discussed "Family Law and Individual Responsibility."Featuring:Prof. Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Department of Women's Studies, Emory UniversityProf. Jane E. Larson, Northwestern Law SchoolMrs. Phyllis Schlafly, President, Eagle ForumMr. Karl Zinsmeister, Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise InstituteModerator: William Kristol, Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle*******As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
On July 19, 2021, the Federalist Society's Financial Services and E-Commerce Practice Group sponsored an online conference titled "The CFPB Turns 10: Evaluating America’s Youngest Federal Financial Regulator." The conference concluded with a panel titled "What Does the CFPB's Future Hold?".The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Seila Law last year struck down statutory conditions on the removal of the CFPB Director from office as a violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers. The Biden Administration used this decision to abruptly change the leadership of the CFPB six months ago. This panel will discuss the priorities and actions of the CFPB under this new leadership, and the expected priorities of the agency under its next confirmed Director. The panel will also discuss what should be the future direction of federal consumer financial law and CFPB policy going forward. Specifically, how should the CFPB or consumer law and policy be reformed to improve consumer welfare and the efficient functioning of consumer finance markets? The panelists include a leading national consumer financial services lawyer and two law professors, both of whom also worked for the CFPB.Featuring: Todd Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University; Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato InstituteChris Peterson, John J. Flynn Endowed Professor of Law, University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of LawNanci Weissgold, Partner, Alston & Bird LLPModerator: Brian Johnson, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP* * * * * As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.
On July 19, 2021, the Federalist Society's Financial Services and E-Commerce Practice Group sponsored an online conference titled "The CFPB Turns 10: Evaluating America’s Youngest Federal Financial Regulator." The first panel of the conference asked "What is the CFPB's Legacy?".Ten years after first opening its doors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains one of the most controversial agencies in the federal government. What is it about the agency that continues to inspire partisan passions, and how can the CFPB’s legacy be objectively assessed? This panel will examine the CFPB’s successes and failures over the past decade and evaluate the effect it has had on consumers, industry, and financial markets. The panelists include two former Deputy Directors, each of whom served under both former Director Cordray and former Director Kraninger.Featuring:Tom Pahl, Former Deputy Director, Consumer Financial Protection BureauDavid Silberman, Former Acting Deputy Director and Associate Director for Research, Markets, and Rulemaking, Consumer Financial Protection BureauModerator: Brian Johnson, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP* * * * * As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.
On July 19, 2021, the Federalist Society's Financial Services and E-Regulation Practice Group sponsored an online conference titled "The CFPB Turns 10: Evaluating America's Youngest Federal Financial Regulator." Former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger offered the keynote address, reflecting on her tenure at the CFPB.Featuring:Hon. Kathy Kraninger, Former Director, Consumer Financial Protection BureauModerator: Brian Johnson, Partner, Alston & Bird* * * * * As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.
Panel V: Ownership of Life

Panel V: Ownership of Life

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On March 10-11, 1989, the Federalist Society's University of Michigan student chapter hosted the eighth annual National Student Symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The topic of the conference was "Property: The Founding, The Welfare State, and Beyond." The final panel of the conference covered "Ownership of Life."Featuring:Prof. Carl E. Schneider, University of Michigan Law SchoolProf. Peter H. Schuck, Yale Law SchoolWalter M. Weber, Staff Attorney, American Center for Law and JusticeProf. Anita L. Allen, Georgetown University Law CenterModerator: Prof. Patricia D. White, University of Michigan Law School*******As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
Then-Senator Biden said in 2005 that “American citizens have benefited from the Senate’s check on the excesses of the majority” with “minority protections” through the filibuster. Now, however, President Biden believes the filibuster is being abused and, potentially, impeding democracy. Is Senator Biden or President Biden right? Recent pressure from the press and powerful interest groups on the left seem to agree with President Biden and are urging senators to cast aside their centuries-old tradition of parliamentary procedure in favor of simple majority rule. Should they? What are the consequences if the Senate exercises the nuclear option? Can the Senate still act as our cooling saucer and protect against the “excesses of the majority” without the filibuster?Featuring:Senator Jon Kyl, Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling, and former United States Congressman and SenatorMartin Gold, Partner, Capitol Counsel LLCModerator: Peter Roskam, Partner, Sidley Austin, and former Congressman, Illinois’ 6th Congressional District* * * * * As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.
Bank accounts provide access not only to credit but basic banking and payment services, such as checking and savings accounts. In January 2021, Florida’s Bank United closed Donald Trump’s personal bank account. Other banks have cut off other individuals seemingly because of their political views and have been pressured by activist groups to cut off funding to politically-disfavored industries, such as fossil fuels. These steps follow on the back of the Obama Administration’s Operation Choke Point initiative, under which bank regulators used its supervisory power to de-bank various legal industries such as payday lenders, firearms dealers, home-based charities, and allegedly racist materials. Today, banks have increasingly acted on their own initiative to effectively operate a new voluntary form of Operation Choke Point.On June 8, 2021, the Federalist Society's Silicon Valley and San Francisco lawyers chapters hosted a discussion on the growing problem of “cancel culture” in the banking industry and what steps should be considered to address it as well as the more general implications for other heavily regulated but crucially important industries beyond banking services.Featuring: John Allison, former CEO of BB&T Corp. & former CEO, Cato InstituteTodd Zywicki, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute & George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School Moderator: Daniel Wheeler, CEO, Sunstone Trust Company* * * * * As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.
On March 10-11, 1989, the Federalist Society's University of Michigan student chapter hosted the eighth annual National Student Symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The topic of the conference was "Property: The Founding, The Welfare State, and Beyond." The conference's fourth panel discussed "Intellectual and Informational Property Rights."Featuring:Prof. Stephen L. Carter, Yale Law SchoolJudge Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh CircuitProf. Edmund W. Kitch, University of Virginia School of LawModerator: Dean Lee C. Bollinger, University of Michigan Law School*******As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
On March 10-11, 1989, the Federalist Society's University of Michigan student chapter hosted the eighth annual National Student Symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The topic of the conference was "Property: The Founding, The Welfare State, and Beyond." The second day of the conference continued with a discussion on "Regulation and Property: Allies or Enemies?"Featuring:Prof. Robert C. Ellickson, Yale Law SchoolProf. James E. Krier, University of Michigan Law SchoolGale A. Norton, Pacific Research InstituteProf. Richard B. Stewart, Harvard Law SchoolModerator: Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit*******As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
On March 10-11, 1989, the Federalist Society's University of Michigan student chapter hosted the eighth annual National Student Symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The topic of the conference was "Property: The Founding, The Welfare State, and Beyond." The second day of the conference commenced with a discussion on "Property and the Constitution."Featuring:Prof. Akhil Amar, Yale Law SchoolCharles Fried, Harvard Law SchoolProf. Jeremy Rabkin, Cornell UniversityProf. Frederick Schauer, University of Michigan Law SchoolModerator: Judge Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit*******As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
On June 9, 2021, The Federalist Society's Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, New Jersey, Delaware, and Philadelphia Lawyers Chapters hosted a debate about various proposals to transform the Supreme Court.Is it time to pack the Supreme Court? With the appointments of Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett, many progressives are demanding structural changes to the nation's highest court. Members of Congress have proposed adding justices, establishing term limits, and even stripping the Court's jurisdiction. President Biden has assembled a commission to make proposals. Featuring: Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis NetworkProf. Ryan Doerfler, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School Moderator: Louis Capozzi, Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson at U.S. Courts of Appeals* * * * * As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.
On March 10-11, 1989, the Federalist Society's University of Michigan student chapter hosted the eighth annual National Student Symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The topic of the conference was "Property: The Founding, The Welfare State, and Beyond." The first day of the conference concluded with a debate on "Liability: The New 'New Property.'"Featuring:Peter Huber, The Manhattan InstituteProf. Joseph A. Page, Georgetown University Law CenterModerator: Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit*******As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
On March 10-11, 1989, the Federalist Society's University of Michigan student chapter hosted the eighth annual National Student Symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The topic of the conference was "Property: The Founding, The Welfare State, and Beyond." The conference opened with a panel on "The Idea of Property."Welcoming Remarks:Dean Lee C. Bollinger, University of Michigan Law SchoolIntroduction: David Di Rita, Co-President, The Federalist Society's University of Michigan ChapterPanel Featuring:Prof. Richard Epstein, University of Chicago Law SchoolProf. William I. Miller, University of Michigan Law SchoolProf. Jeffrey Paul, Bowling Green State UniversityProf. Carol M. Rose, Northwestern University School of LawModerator: Tom Bethell, Columnist, American Spectator*******As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.
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Denny Gomez

A terrible example. I have seen video of lab tests of that Audi model that supported the claims of victims. Occam's Razor would lead anyone to consider the likelihood of a new technology to create unintended consequences MUCH more likely than that dozens and dozens of unrelated people around the world have engaged in wildly inexplicable behavior. Under what circumstances would someone crash into a whole row of cars? What would cause a person to accelerate into and through the rear wall of their own garage, over the body of their 10 year-old son? (This last happened in one case not mentioned here.) There's plenty of junk science presented in courts. This is a bad example.

Aug 26th
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