RECAP: Justice Scalia and the Living Constitution

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!

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RECAP: RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: UNDER ATTACK FROM THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT

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.

sponsored by the Federalist Society, Christian Legal Society, and Decalogue Society

(from left to right) Joshua Turner, Christopher Kim, Prof. Bradley Jacob, Prof. Steve Heyman, Andrew Fuller, Jesse Roberts

sponsored by the Federalist Society, Christian Legal Society, and Decalogue Society

sponsored by the Federalist Society, Christian Legal Society, and Decalogue Society

Prof. Bradley Jacob, Regent Law

sponsored by the Federalist Society, Christian Legal Society, and Decalogue Society

Prof. Steven Heyman, Chicago-Kent College of Law, provided commentary for the talk.

Edward Snowden: Patriot or Traitor? RECAP

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.

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Introducing: The 2015-2016 Executive Board

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.

Radley Balko Recap

Thanks to Radley Balko of the Washington Post for giving a great talk on Tuesday!  The videos and pictures he showed really brought the problem of police militarization to life.  We also learned how much of the problem can be traced to the twin developments of the rise of SWAT teams and the rise of the drug war.

Check out some photos below, and remember our elections for next year are next Tuesday, Apr. 21st, 12pm in room 165! If you’d like to nominate yourself click here.

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Prof. Moore Event Recap

Thank you to Prof. David Moore of Brigham Young University and our own Prof. Mark Rosen for a great event on Tuesday!  The two scholars were very engaging and gave a compelling demonstration of two very different views on the subject.  Even with a mandatory CSO event and another panel at the same time, we had a big turnout for the event.  Thank you to all of you who made it out!

Check out some photos of the event below, and be sure to join us for our last event of the year on Tues., April 14th, at 12pm, at a room TBA, with Radley Balko of the Washington Post who will be talking about police militarization.

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

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Elections for Executive Board Positions 2015-2016

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.

Click here to nominate yourself or someone else for a position.

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.

Prof. Garry and Prof. Heyman Event Recap

Thank you to everyone who came to our event this week entitled “Limited Government and the Bill of Rights.”  Prof. Garry and Prof. Heyman discussed their views on the bill of rights – whether it is a device to limit government or a device to protect individual autonomy – both from the founding era’s perspective and for today.   One question asked how far an originalist should go if there is a plain meaning, and Prof. Garry responded that if the text is clear, the only way to change it is through the amendment process, which has been overlooked in modern times.

Check out some photos below, courtesy of the great Emily Barney from the C-K library.

Our next event is Tuesday, March 31st, 12pm, in room C50 with Prof. David Moore and Prof. Mark Rosen talking about “Should the US Enforce International Law?”

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

Courtesy of Emily Barney

National Symposium Recap and Prof. Garry Next Week

Thank you to everyone who came to the 2015 National Student Symposium at the University of Chicago!  It was a fantastic event with tons of great speakers talking about “Innovation and the Law.”  Here is a shot from the opening night:

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Next week we will have our first speaker for the semester.  Prof. Patrick Garry of the University of South Dakota will come to talk about his book “Limited Government and the Bill of Rights.”  Some of you may recall Prof. Steven Heyman’s talk at the beginning of the school year regarding his own thoughts about individual liberties and the Supreme Court’s conservative/libertarian First Amendment jurisprudence.  Prof. Heyman will be giving 5-10 minutes of commentary at the end of the event.  It should be a great event so we hope to see you there!

Fracking debate recap

Our fracking debate was a huge success! Over 65 attendees came to see Prof. Bill Rau debate Prof. John Kunich on the merits of fracking.  There were lots of engaging questions from the audience and give-and-take from the contestants.  Thank you to everyone who came to the event, and a special thank you to Alexa Carreno of the Environmental Law Society who helped organize the event.

This is our last event for the semester, but we will be back in the Spring with events on topics from police militarization to the role of international law in the US.  So stay tuned and check out some photos from the last event:

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Photo by Nathan Hakimi

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