By Sarah Mansur, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Mass shooting events in recent months, including one that happened in northern California on Tuesday, served as the backdrop for a conversation about gun violence and the Second Amendment at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
On Tuesday night, a panel of five experts, including gun reform activists and Second Amendment scholars, shared their diverse views on gun control and offered some ways to address gun violence in Chicago and elsewhere.
The panel — which was sponsored by the law school’s Round Table, Federalist Society and American Constitution Society — also discussed the importance of the landmark case District of Columbia v. Heller.
In Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a District of Columbia’s ban on handguns violated the Second Amendment. The opinion rejected an interpretation that the Second Amendment limits the individual right to bear arms in the context of a militia.
View the complete story at ChicagoLawBulletin.com.
We are very excited to announce the Chicago-Kent Federalist Society 1L Committee Members for the 2017-2018 school year.
On Monday, Jan. 23rd, the Federalist Society teamed up with the American Constitution Society (ACS) to bring Prof. Rick Duncan from Nebraska Law to give a talk titled, “Justice Scalia and the Living Constitution.” Chicago-Kent’s very own Prof. Kent Streseman provided commentary.
The talk covered Justice Scalia’s legacy as a Supreme Court Justice and his view of Originalism and the living constitution.
Thanks to Prof. Duncan, Prof. Streseman, ACS, the Federalist Society, and all those who made this event possible!
On Oct 27th, 2016, Prof. Bradley Jacob of Regent Law School came to speak on religious liberty. Prof. Steven Heyman of IIT Chicago-Kent provided commentary. The event was sponsored by the Federalist Society, the Christian Legal Society, and the Decalogue.
It was a highly informative event where both professors provided excellent insight on a very complex topic. Both professors took several questions from the audience.
On Feb 23rd, 2016, Logan Beirne gave a talk titled, “Edward Snowden: Patriot or Traitor?” Chicago-Kent’s very own Dean Harold Krent provided commentary. Beirne spoke on how George Washington forged the original understanding of the Commander in Chief Clause during the Revolutionary War. He then applied that history to NSA surveillance and Edward Snowden’s actions in order to evaluate each according to the President’s powers under Article II Section 2 of the Constitution.
Congratulations to the following members who were elected to the Executive Board for the 2015-2016 school year!
Pursuant to our bylaws, they will take office next Tuesday, April 28th.
As per our bylaws, we will be having elections for all of our Executive Board positions for the 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, April 21st, at 12pm, in Room 165.
Being on the Executive Board looks great on your resume and will help you establish yourself as a person willing to take on leadership roles. The National Office also provides a great deal of assistance and support to help you as a Chapter officer.
Below please find a list of the offices and a description of what they do.
The President shall coordinate with the Chicago-Kent administration, the national Federalist Society, and other student Federalist Society chapters to plan events. The President shall also coordinate with speakers, maintain the chapter’s calendar and call executive board, advisory board and general membership meetings.
The Vice President for Chapter Affairs shall coordinate with other Chicago-Kent student organizations, the Membership Chair, and first year section representatives to plan events. The Vice President for Chapter Affairs shall also maintain the organization’s membership roster and email list and coordinate event catering and social events.
The Vice President for External Affairs shall coordinate with the Hospitality Chair, Lawyers Chapter Liaison, and Media Relations Chair to plan events. The Vice President for External Affairs shall also be responsible for event announcements and marketing, communications with the Chicago Lawyer’s Chapter and media relations.
The Treasurer shall retain receipts for all expenses and shall manage reimbursement of expenses. The Treasurer shall cooperate with the national Federalist Society and the Chicago-Kent Student Bar Association to promptly reimburse members for any authorized expenditures made for the organization.
The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping minutes of executive board meetings and maintaining order and decorum in all meetings. The Secretary shall take notes at general membership meetings and shall take and record a head count at each meeting and event. The Secretary shall also distribute a draft agenda for general membership meetings to the executive board two days in advance and a final agenda to the membership one day in advance.
Thanks to Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute for making the trip to come talk to us about the War on Drugs and its effects on the Constitution!
Mr. Shapiro went through the entire Constitution and discussed how the War on Drugs affects each provision. His knowledge of the case law was impressive and his arguments for decriminalization were extremely well-founded. He also stayed to answer some questions from the group, including suggesting that the political process would be a better avenue for change in this arena than the courts. We are only the second chapter he has given this talk to so we were honored to hear it.
Thanks to everyone who came out, especially given that it was a non-traditional time slot!
Our next event will be a debate on fracking with John Kunich and Bill Rau. It will be Nov. 19th at 12pm in room C20. More details to come.
We had another great event last week with Paul-Martin Foss of the Carl Menger Center for the Study of Money and Banking, as well as our own Prof. Evelyn Brody. It was a standing-room only crowd and the discussion was engaging and informative. Check out some pictures below.
Our next event is next Wednesday, Oct. 29th, at 2:30pm in room C35 with Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute. We almost ran out of food last time so please RSVP here if you plan on attending: bit.ly/govsmoke