Federalist Society 2008 National Convention
2008/11/20-22

November 20, 2008, Professional Responsibility: The Disciplining of Federal Judges.

  • Hon. Dennis G. Jacobs, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • Prof. Arthur D. Hellman, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Prof. Charles Gardner Geyh, Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington
  • Moderator: Mr. David Reinhard, The Oregonian

Question from Jon Roland. Response from Hellman citing loss of J.A.I.L. proposal in South Dakota.

November 20, 2008, Civil Rights: The Heller Case.

  • Prof. Lucas A. Powe, Jr., University of Texas School of Law
  • Prof. Nelson R. Lund, George Mason University School of Law
  • Prof. Adam Winkler, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Mr. Clark Neily, Institute for Justice
  • Moderator: Hon. Diarmuld O'Scannlain, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Question from Jon Roland, comparing 2nd amendment to Time, Place & Manner Clause. Response from Lund.

November 21, 2008, Judicial Independence Dialogue

  • Mr. H. Thomas Wells Jr., American Bar Association, and Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.
  • Hon. William H., Pryor Jr., United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Moderator: Mr. M. Edward Whelan III, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Video accidentally truncated, so see other source for complete session. Mention of J.A.I.L. proposal by Pryor and discussion of it by Wells. No question from Jon Roland.

November 22, 2008, Corporations: The SEC and the Financial Services Crisis of 2008.

  • Hon. Paul S. Atkins, former Commissioner, United States Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Prof. Edmund Kitch, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Hon. George J. Terwilliger III, White & Case LLP, Former United States Deputy Attorney General
  • Prof. Jonathan R. Macey, Yale Law School
  • Moderator: Prof. Stephen Bainbridge, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

Question from Jon Roland, proposing use of grand juries to expose dangerous dysfunctions in large organizations. Response from Terwilliger.

November 22, 2008, Annual Rosenkranz Discussion

  • Hon. Richard Posner, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Hon. Michael W. McConnell, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Moderator: Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Georgetown University School of Law

No questions from tthe audience.

November 22, 2008, Regulation of Judicial Conduct: Silencing Judges or Avoiding Improper Influence?

  • Mr. Robert F. Schiff, Subcommittee on the Judiciary, United States Senate
  • Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Carlos T. Bea, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Question from Jon Roland, proposing ways the statute could be abused to pressure good judges to resign. Note audience reaction.

Address by Justice Antonin Scalia
November 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

  • Hon. Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court
  • Introduction: Mr. Leonard Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society

Questions were submitted in writing, and question of Jon Roland was not selected by Leonard Leo, but was approximately as follows:

You seem to agree with Robert Bork in deeming the Ninth Amendment an "inkblot", but the Bill of Rights was taken from the proposed amendments of the state ratifying conventions, some made explicit in the first eight amendments, and the rest lumped into the Ninth. Would you entertain argument that the rights contained in the Ninth Amendment at least include that remainder?

Many of the sessions were covered by C-SPAN and have been replayed there or on C-SPAN2. Check their archives to view them.

The Federalist Society will also have their own videos of the events online here.

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