Thursday, November 18, 2010

Prop 8 Debate Review

There was standing room only at the debate in Caplin Pavilion between Matt McGill of Gibson Dunn and Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defense Fund. McGill is part of the legal team representing the gay couples seeking the freedom to marry in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, while Lorence helped form the litigation strategy and manages the public relations for the legal team defending Proposition 8. The two men were debating the ongoing legal battle related to California’s Proposition 8, which is an amendment to the state constitution that limits marriage to one man and one woman.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Prop 8 Speakers on Wednesday, November 8

Proposition 8 on Trial: Litigating the Marriage Debate
Co-Sponsored with Lambda Law Alliance and the American Constitution Society

Come hear Matt McGill of Gibson Dunn and Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defense Fund speak about the Prop 8 litigation and where it goes from here.
When: Monday, November 8, 5:00 PM
Where: Caplin Pavilion
Chipotle provided!

Matt McGill
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Jordan Lorence
Alliance Defense Fund

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Drone Warfare Panel Monday, November 1

Drone Warfare, Targeted Killings, and the Law of Armed Conflict
Monday, November 1 at 11:45 AM
Caplin Pavilion
BBQ will be served!

Prof. Bob Turner
UVA School of Law
On August 30, 2010 the American Civil Liberties Union filed a petition (2010 WL 3478666) in the D.C. District Court on behalf of the Yemeni father of Anwar Al-Aulaqi, who according to media reports is on a list of al Qaeda members who may be killed on sight. Al-Aulaqi is a U.S. citizen and has been linked by U.S. intelligence to two of the September 11th hijackers, along with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day last year, as well as Major Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people last November at Fort Hood, Texas.

Does the President have the legal authority to target a U.S. citizen? What are the implications for international law and the law of armed conflict, and what are the implications for U.S. foreign policy? Please join the J.B. Moore Society and The Federalist Society for this important and timely panel discussion. Expert panelists include:

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Public Interest Employment Panel Tomorrow

Join the UVA Federalist Society tomorrow, Monday, October 25 at 5:00 PM in Caplin Pavilion for a Public Interest Employment Panel. Learn about working public interest law from top public interest attorneys! The panel will feature Clark Neily (Institute for Justice), John Whitehead (Rutherford Institute), and Geri Greenspan (Hunton & Williams). Public interest law practitioners speak about their experiences and what it's like to work in public interest law!

Wayside Chicken will be served!

Clark Neily
Institute for Justice
John Whitehead
Rutherford Institute

Welcome to the Federalist Society at UVA

UVA Federalist Society
with Justice Clarence Thomas
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians that seeks to promote an awareness and application of the following principles: that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is the duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.

The legal profession is currently dominated by a form of orthodox liberal ideology which advocates a centralized and uniform society. In 1982, a group of students at Yale Law School founded the Federalist Society to facilitate the consideration of libertarian and conservative alternatives to this legal orthodoxy. By providing a forum for legal experts of opposing views to interact with members of the legal profession, the judiciary, law students, academics, and the architects of public policy, the Society has redefined the terms of legal debate.

The Student Division of the Federalist Society is represented by nearly all ABA-accredited law schools. The UVA chapter sponsors speaker events, social events, and an annual trip to the Supreme Court. It also offers resources including a job bank, alumni database, and information on pro bono and career opportunities. All law students who are interested in legal debate are encouraged to join; the Society is non-partisan, and libertarian or conservative viewpoints are not required.

Speaker events sponsored by the UVA Federalist Society are always open to anyone who would like to attend. Some resources and social events, along with our annual Supreme Court trip, are limited to dues-paying members. The membership fee is $10 per year, which pays for both local and national membership. Click here to fill out our membership form. Please return the form to David Merritt's mailbox.