6:15 PM18:15

Federalism in the 21st Century ft. Profs. Randy E. Barnett & Guy Uriel-Charles

Join us for the annual Guido & Steven G. Calabresi Constitutional Law Event.  This panel features two distinguished guest speakers, Georgetown Prof. Randy E. Barnett and Duke Prof. Guy Uriel-Charles.  Dinner will be served.  Location: SLB Rm. 129

Cosponsored by the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts, and is Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. He is a prolific and widely praised constitutional scholar. Professor Barnett’s publications includes twelve books, more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as numerous op-eds. His most recent book is Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People. In 2004, Professor Barnettargued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2012, he was one of the lawyers representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.


Guy-Uriel Charles is the founding director of the Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics. He is an expert in and frequent public commentator on constitutional law, election law, campaign finance, redistricting, politics, and race. He joined Duke Law's faculty in 2009; he previously was the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. Professor Charles is co-founder of the Colored Demos blog, coloreddemos.blogspot.com, and a reviewer for Stanford University Press, University of Chicago Press, and NYU Press. He has published articles in Constitutional Commentary, The Michigan Law Review, The Michigan Journal of Race and Law, The Georgetown Law Journal, The Journal of Politics, The California Law Review, The North Carolina Law Review, and others. 

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12:10 PM12:10

"Defending Judicial Values: A Response to Richard Posner" ft. The Honorable Amul Thapar

We invite you to the Federalist Society’s event on Thursday, September 28 from 12:10-1:20 with Judge Amul R. Thapar, “Defending Judicial Virtues: A Response to Richard Posner” in Room 120.
Judge Thapar sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Before that, he was a United States District Judge in the Eastern District of Kentucky. He was the first South Asian Article III judge in American history. Prior to his confirmation to the federal bench, he served as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Ohio and in the District of Columbia.

While a U.S. attorney, Judge Thapar was appointed to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and chaired the Controlled Substances and Asset Forfeiture Subcommittee. He also served on the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee, the Violent Crime Subcommittee and the Child Exploitation working group. Before that, Judge Thapar worked for the law firms of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and Squire Sanders & Dempsey in Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Judge Thapar was listed on President Trump’s Supreme Court short-list, and is regularly discussed as a future Supreme Court nominee. He was one of four individuals reportedly interviewed by President Trump for the Supreme Court vacancy filled by Justice Gorsuch.
Non-pizza lunch will, as always, be served.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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6:30 PM18:30

"Is Inequality Fair?" ft. Yaron Brook & Daniel Markovits [Live-Streamed Event]

Join us in the Yale Law School Auditorium at 6:30pm for a panel discussion featuring Yaron Brook (Executive Chairman, the Ayn Rand Institute) and Daniel Markowits (Professor, Yale Law School).  Food will be served beforehand from 6-6:30pm, in Room 120 (down the hall from the auditorium).  If you will be out of town, tune in for the Live Stream at:  https://t.co/mJ9eQmmEEq 

We’re told that the gap between the poor and the rich has widened. Many decry the injustice of income and wealth inequality. But is it actually a problem and are the proposed remedies truly just? What is a fair distribution of income and wealth? Yaron Brook, executive chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute, discusses these and related issues and argues that a genuinely laissez-faire capitalist society is, in fact, the only system of fairness, that is, justice.  Professor Daniel Markovits, distinguished for his work particularly in law and economics, will offer his take on inequality.

We encourage the greater Yale University community to attend this event.  There will be time reserved at the end of the discussion for questions from the audience.


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