The Future of Judicial Nominations under President Trump

Join special guest Ilya Shapiro and the Lawyers Chapter of the Madison Federalist Society to discuss the future of judicial nominations under President Trump.

Wednesday, June 21
Lunch Begins at 11:30
Program begins at noon.

Madison Club
5 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI

$15 Federalist Society Member
$20 Non-Federalist Society Member
Please Complete the RSVP Form

 

CLE Materials:

https://www.cato.org/publications/legal-policy-bulletin/what-kind-judge-neil-gorsuch

 https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/justice-kennedy-once-future-swing-vote

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/7-things-trump-win-means-supreme-court

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/the-senate-should-refuse-confirm-all-of-hillary-clintons-judicial-nominees

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August 26th – Political Speech and the First Amendment

Political Speech and the First Amendment

One of the core principles of the First Amendment is the right to engage in political speech.  The United States Supreme Court has long protected that right, striking down a number of campaign finance restrictions.  Recent court decisions have also struck down several portions of Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws prompting a call from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals for state lawmakers to update the statutes. 

Join us next Wednesday, August 26th, as the Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky discusses recent case developments in campaign finance law and calls for legislative reform.

Hans von Spakovsky is the manager of the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative.  He studies and writes on elections issues such as campaign finance restrictions along with voter fraud and voter ID issues.  He is the co-author of the book “Who’s Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote At Risk.”  Before joining Heritage, von Spakovsky was responsible for enforcing campaign finance laws as a member of the Federal Election Commission.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Available at 12:00 p.m.
Program Begins at 12:30 p.m.

Madison Club
5 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI

$15 Federalist Society Member
$20 Non-Federalist Society Member
(lunch included)
CLE Pending
 

Please Complete the RSVP Form 

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July 6, 2015 – The Aftermath of King v. Burwell

Event Recap:

Video coverage is available from WisconsinEye of our event on July 6th on the aftermath of King v. Burwell.

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The Aftermath of King v. Burwell

Join us for a timely post-decision discussion on the legal and policy implications of King v. Burwell featuring a distinguished panel of health care policy scholars and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson.

At issue in the case was whether Obamacare tax subsidies are available to individuals who purchased insurance under the federal health care exchange. By a vote of 6-3, the court ruled against a plain-language reading of the law holding instead that the subsidies are such an integral part of the law that Congress meant for the subsidies to apply in every state.

Legal analysis of the case will be given by health care policy experts Thomas Miller of the American Enterprise Institute and UW-Madison Political Science Professor Howard Schweber.  Following the analysis on the court case outcome, Senator Johnson will discuss Congressional reaction to the decision and whether Congress may act to repeal or reform the law.

Monday, July 6, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Available at 11:30 a.m.
Program Begins at 12:00 p.m.

Madison Club
5 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI

$15 Federalist Society Member
$20 Non-Federalist Society Member
(lunch included)
CLE Pending

Please Complete the RSVP Form

Guests:
U.S. Senator Johnson is a first-term Senator from Oshkosh, Wisconsin who defeated three-term incumbent Senator Russ Feingold in 2010.  Prior to being elected to the Senate, Johnson was CEO of a plastics manufacturing company, PACUR.  Johnson is up for re-election in 2016 and is being challenged by former Senator Russ Feingold.

Howard Schweber is a Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is also an affiliate faculty member of the Law School, the Integrated Liberal Studies program, and the Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education.  He is the author of books on the First Amendment, American legal history, constitutional philosophy and democratic theory, most recently “Democracy and Authenticity” (2012, Cambridge University Press).

Thomas Miller is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies health care policy, including health insurance and market-based alternatives to the Affordable Care Act. A former senior health economist for the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) in Congress, Miller was previously a trial attorney, journalist, and sports broadcaster. He is the coauthor of the bestseller “Why ObamaCare Is Wrong For America” (HarperCollins, 2011), the first in-depth examination of the impact of the new health care law.

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April 28, 2015 – 25th Anniversary of Milwaukee School Choice Program

Event Recap:

Video coverage is available from WisconsinEye of our event on April 28th on the 25th Anniversary of the Milwaukee School Choice Program.

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25th Anniversary of the Milwaukee School Choice Program

Join us to welcome school choice legal expert Clint Bolick from the Goldwater Institute. Mr. Bolick, author of Voucher Wars: Waging the Legal Battle Over School Choice (2003), will provide a history on the creation of Wisconsin’s school choice program, a summary of legal challenges to the program and legislative updates on programs in other states.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Available at 11:30 a.m.
Program Begins at 12:00 p.m.

Madison Club
5 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI

$15 Federalist Society Member
$20 Non-Federalist Society Member (lunch included) CLE Pending

Please Complete the RSVP Form by Thursday, April 24

Guest:

Clint Bolick, Goldwater Institute, Vice President for Litigation In a recent profile, the New York Times said that Bolick is “known for his aggressive litigation to defend individual liberties.” He has argued and won cases in the United States Supreme Court, the Arizona Supreme Court, and state and federal courts from coast to coast. He has won landmark precedents defending school choice, freedom of enterprise, and private property rights and challenging corporate subsidies and racial classifications. He is widely considered the nation’s foremost legal expert on school vouchers and tax credits.

Before joining the Goldwater Institute in 2007, Bolick was co-founder of the Institute for Justice and later served as president of the Alliance for School Choice. Bolick helped author the Health Care Freedom Act and the Save Our Secret Ballot amendment, which were added to the Arizona Constitution in 2010 and adopted in several other states. He also has assisted policy activists in several states to establish litigation centers based on the Goldwater Institute model. In 2003, American Lawyer recognized Bolick as one of three lawyers of the year for his successful defense of school choice programs, culminating in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris in the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2009, Legal Times named Bolick one of the “90 Greatest D.C. Lawyers in the Past 30 Years.” Bolick received one of the freedom movement’s most prestigious awards, the Bradley Prize, in 2006 for advancing the values of democratic capitalism. Bolick has authored several books, most recently with Governor Jeb Bush, Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution. Other titles include Death Grip: Loosening the Law’s Stranglehold Over Economic Liberty (2011), David’s Hammer: The Case for an Activist Judiciary (2007), and Voucher Wars: Waging the Legal Battle Over School Choice (2003).

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Oct 28th – Reflections from Office: The Role of the Attorney General

MADISON LAWYERS CHAPTER
PRESENTS:
Reflections from Office: The Role of the Attorney General

-featuring-

Attorney General JB Van Hollen

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-moderated by-

Patrick J. Fiedler
Partner at Axley

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
11:30am – 1:00pm
Lunch Available at 11:30 a.m.
Program Begins at 12:00 p.m.

The Madison Club
5 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI

Complete the RSVP Form
$15 Federalist Society Member

$20 Non-Federalist Society Member
(lunch included)

In two weeks, Wisconsinites will elect one of two candidates to replace AG Van Hollen as the state’s “top cop.”  AG Van Hollen was first elected to office in 2006 and after serving two four-year terms, he will not seek a third term.  AG Van Hollen will join us next Tuesday, October 28th to discuss the role of Wisconsin’s Attorney General and reflect on his successes and challenges over his eight years in office.

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Sept. 10 – Act 10: A Postmortem

Event Recap:

On September 10th, the Madison Federalist Society held an event reviewing the past legal challenges to 2011 Wisconsin Act 10.

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Video coverage of the event is available from WisconsinEye


MADISON LAWYERS CHAPTER

PRESENTS:

Act 10: A Postmortem

-featuring-

Deputy Attorney General Kevin St. John
Attorney Eric Mcleod
Attorney Lester Pines

Moderated by Brian Hagedorn

2011 Wisconsin Act 10, better known as the “Budget Repair Bill,” garnered national attention when thousands of protestors filled the state Capitol day-in and day out in opposition to its collective bargaining provisions; comprising one of the largest protests ever seen in Wisconsin. Before it was even published, Act 10 became mired in complex state and federal litigation. With last week’s WI Supreme Court decision to uphold Act 10 in its entirety, the legal challenges to the law have finally been exhausted. Join us on September 10th to discuss the entire legal trajectory of Act 10 with a panel discussion by Wisconsin Deputy AG Kevin St. John and Attorneys Eric Mcleod and Lester Pines.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
11:30am – 1:00pm
Lunch Available at 11:30 a.m.
Program Begins at 12:00 p.m.

The Madison Club
5 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI

Complete the RSVP Form
$15 Federalist Society Member
$20 Non-Federalist Society Member
(lunch included)
1.0 hour of CLE will be applied for.

 

About the Speakers:

Deputy Attorney General Kevin St. John was appointed Deputy Attorney General by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on January 8, 2011. As Deputy Attorney General, Kevin St. John is the chief operating officer of the Department of Justice. Immediately prior to his appointment as Deputy Attorney General, Kevin St. John served as the Department of Justice’s Special Assistant Attorney General for Public Affairs and Policy. He joined the Department of Justice in that role on January 1, 2007. Prior to his government service, Kevin St. John practiced law with the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. St. John is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his law degree from the University of Chicago. Kevin St. John represented the State of Wisconsin in the Act 10 case and argued on its behalf before the Wisconsin Supreme Court on November 11, 2013.

Attorney Eric McLeod is an attorney in the Madison office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. where he is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and Energy & Mining Team. Mr. McLeod’s more than 20 years of professional experience includes complex business litigation, as well as administrative, regulatory, and constitutional law. His practice focuses on land use and large facility siting, involving the development of nonmetallic/industrial sand mining facilities, large agricultural facilities and related litigation. Prior to joining WHD, he practiced with a large Wisconsin-based law firm and more recently was a sole practitioner at Eric McLeod Law, LLC. Attorney Eric Mcleod served as special counsel to Governor Scott Walker on state and federal challenges to 2011 Wisconsin Act 10.

Attorney Lester Pines is a Senior Partner in the firm Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLC. In practice since 1975, he leads the Litigation area, concentrating in civil trials, criminal defense, labor & employment, and business. His wide-ranging civil trial practice encompasses intellectual property disputes, constitutional and civil rights claims, employment, personal injury and commercial cases. He regularly defends doctors and lawyers who have been administratively accused of violating the rules governing their professions. His criminal defense work has involved many high profile cases, especially involving teachers, police officers and other public employees. He is counsel to Madison Teachers, Inc., which represents the employees of the Madison Metropolitan School District. Attorney Lester Pines represented clients who challenged 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 and argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court on November 11, 2013.

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Flat, Fair or Fundamental: The Future of Tax Reform in Wisconsin

Event Recap:

Video coverage is available from WisconsinEye of our event on April 24th on the future of tax reform in Wisconsin.

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MADISON LAWYERS CHAPTER
PRESENTS: 

Flat, Fair or Fundamental:
The Future of Tax Reform in Wisconsin

 Featuring:

  • Dale Kooyenga, 14th Assembly District
  • Robert Kraig, Citizen Action
  • Todd Berry, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

Todd Berry of the WI Taxpayers Alliance will moderate a debate between State Representative Dale Kooyenga and Robert Kraig of Citizen Action of Wisconsin on the future of tax reform in Wisconsin.   Video coverage available at WisconsinEye.

Complete the RSVP Form by Sunday, April 20

Thursday, April 24, 2014
11:30am – 1:00pm
Lunch Available at 11:30 a.m.
Program Begins at 12:00 p.m.
The Madison Club
5 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI

$15 Federalist Society Member
$20 Non-Federalist Society Member
(lunch included)
1.0 hour of CLE will be applied for.

About the Event:
Flat, fair, or fundamental; what is the future of tax reform in the state of Wisconsin? While most dread April 15th, the vast majority believe that some level of taxation is necessary for essential services. As Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” Beyond this recognition that some taxes are necessary, the differing philosophies on tax policy are as complex as our tax laws themselves. On April 24th, Representative Dale Kooyenga and Robert Kraig of Citizen’s Action of Wisconsin will debate these myriad tax policy philosophies.

About the Speakers:

Todd Berry, President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

Todd Berry has been the President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance since 1994.  Founded in 1932, the Alliance is a nonprofit which serves to educate the public on government taxing, spending and the state’s economy.  Prior to his work with the Alliance, Berry served as Wisconsin’s Assistant Secretary of Revenue and has served on numerous gubernatorial and legislative commissions and task forces.

Representative Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) of the 14th Assembly District of Wisconsin

Representative Dale Kooyenga began his career as a CPA working for a large international accounting firm. During his career as a public accountant he worked with the State of Wisconsin’s largest manufacturing, health care, financial services and not-for-profit organizations. Dale is also a graduate of Marquette University’s MBA program.

In 2005, Dale left his career in public accounting to serve his country. He attended the United States Army’s basic training, Officer Candidate School and the Military Intelligence Officer Course. After completing the year-long Army training Dale returned to his career in public accounting and married.

Dale was called up for service in Iraq in 2008. Although trained as a Military Intelligence Officer, Dale was quickly assigned as the 4th Infantry Division’s Officer in Charge of Economic Development in Baghdad. Dale served in Iraq from January 2008 to November 2008. Dale was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.

In the Fall of 2010, Dale was elected to represent the 14th District for the Wisconsin State Assembly. He was sworn into office on January 3rd, 2011.

As a member of the “CPA Caucus” in the Wisconsin Assembly Dale has made his mark as a leader in conservative tax reform. Click here to view a memo on Representative Kooyenga’s tax reform plan passed in Wisconsin’s 2013-2015 Biennial Budget.

Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Over the past 14 years, Robert has played a significant role in the Wisconsin public policy arena.  Robert is a leading strategist in the Wisconsin progressive movement, and is especially known for developing innovative approaches to promote health care reform.

In October of 2011 Robert was one of the recipients of the Citizen Leadership Award from the Campaign for America’s Future.  In January of 2009 Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers, presented Robert with its “Consumer Health Advocate of the Year Award.”

He has authored eleven reports on various aspects of the health care crisis, and speaks throughout the country on reform legislation, including tax policy.  Robert earned a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.A. from the University of Georgia.  He is the author of several major academic articles on American political rhetoric and a well-regarded book, Woodrow Wilson and the Lost World of the Oratorical Statesman (Texas A&M Press).

From 1999-2005 he was the Wisconsin Political Director for SEIU, where he helped develop and win the passage of several policy innovations which enabled over twelve thousand low- wage workers to form unions. He grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, and has lived in Wisconsin since 1989.

 

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2013 Review and Preview: United States Supreme Court

Event Recap:

Video coverage is available from WisconsinEye of our 2012-2013 US Supreme Court Review and Preview.

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The Federalist Society

For Law & Public Policy Studies

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Madison Lawyers Chapter Presents:

United States Supreme Court

Review & Preview

 

Join Dr. John Eastman, Judge Pat Fiedler, and

Chuck Curtis to discuss the SCOTUS 2012 and 2013 terms

Moderated by Judge Michael Brennan

Milwaukee County Circuit Court (Retired)

 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

11:30 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.

Lunch available at 11:15 a.m.

Program begins at 11:45 a.m.

Madison Club

5 East Wilson Street

Madison, WI

$15 Federalist Society Members

$20 Non-Federalist Society Members

(lunch included)

CLE Pending

                                          Please RSVP by Sunday, October 13th to:

andrew.hitt.fed.soc@gmail.com

About this event:

The U.S. Supreme Court continues to play a critical role in determining the shape of our laws and the course of our Constitution. Our expert panel of scholars will address the merits of cases from the 2012 term and foreshadow cases from the 2013 term.  The expert panel will address several major cases decided during last term including: Windsor v. OPM (Defense of Marriage Act) and Perry v. Hollingsworth (Proposition 8); Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society (Free Speech); and Missouri v. McNeely (Fourth Amdt).  Panelists will also cover cases that the Court has already accepted cert. on for the October 2013 Term including: Town of Greece v. Galloway (prayer before public meetings); Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius (HHS mandate); and Elmbrook School District v. Doe (Establishment Clause).  Video coverage provided by WisconsinEye.

Panelist Biographies:

Dr. John C. Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University School of Law, and also served as the School’s Dean from June 2007 to January 2010, when he stepped down to pursue a bid for California Attorney General. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute. Prior to joining the Fowler School of Law faculty in August 1999, he served as a law clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court of the United States and with Judge J. Michael Luttig at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. After his clerkships, Dr. Eastman practiced with the national law firm of Kirkland & Ellis,specializing in major civil and constitutional litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School,where he graduated with high honors in 1995. He was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Law Review, a Bradley Fellow for Research in Constitutional History and an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics. Dr. Eastman also has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School, with fields of concentration in Political Philosophy, American Government, Constitutional Law, and International Relations. He has a B.A. in Politics and Economics from the University of Dallas. Prior to law school, he served as the Director of Congressional & Public Affairs at the United States Commission on Civil Rights during the Reagan administration and was the 1990 Republican Nominee for Congress in California’s 34th District.

Patrick Fiedler is a trial lawyer and partner at Axley, a Wisconsin law firm. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation including professional liability, tort defense, insurance defense and products liability. In addition, he provides mediation and arbitration in all types of cases including professional malpractice claims, civil rights issues, condemnation (eminent domain), reinsurance issues, family disputes and personal injury. He also offers representation in select complex criminal matters.  In addition to 18 years as a Dane County Circuit Court judge, Mr. Fiedler has been U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, a Waukesha County prosecutor and a private practitioner. He has tried over 60 jury cases and many trials to the court, and presided over hundreds of trials as a judge.  In 2012, lawyers both within and outside the state elected him president of the State Bar of Wisconsin for a term that will run from 2013 to 2014. In 2008, the Wisconsin Victim/Witness Professional Association selected Mr. Fiedler to receive its Victim Advocacy Award, and in 2007 the American Board of Trial Advocates honored him as ‘Judge of the Year’ for his thorough preparation, breadth of knowledge of the law, decisive rulings and courtesy to litigants, jurors and members of the bar.

Charles Curtis is a business litigation attorney at Arnold& Porter, LLP.  He has over 25 years of experience in counseling and litigating in a diversity of areas, including constitutional, appellate, administrative, antitrust, intellectual property, telecommunications, environmental and natural resource, and general commercial law. He focuses his practice on the briefing and argument of complex issues at the agency, trial, and appellate levels. Prior to joining Arnold & Porter LLP, Mr. Curtis was a founder and Co-Chair of two law firms’ national appellate practice groups. From 1982-83, he served as law clerk to Senior Judge David L. Bazelon of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and in 1984-85 to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the US Supreme Court.  Mr. Curtis is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Chambers USA; America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School.

Michael Brennan joined Gass Weber Mullins LLC as a litigation attorney in December 2008. He tries cases and handles appeals in federal and state courts, primarily in the area of commercial litigation. He is also a mediator and a AAA certified arbitrator. Brennan returned to private practice with the firm after serving 9 years as a judge on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court where he presided over nearly 300 trials and thousands of motions. He was the presiding judge of the Civil Division of that court. In 2005 he was affirmed more often than any other judge in the State of Wisconsin. He continues to serve as a reserve judge in Wisconsin. Brennan has published more than 40 articles on federal practice and procedure, criminal sentencing, and other topics in a variety of law reviews, newspapers, and other periodicals including The Wall Street Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, National Review, New Republic, Wisconsin Lawyer, and the Illinois Bar Journal. Those articles have been cited numerous times in the Wisconsin Statutes, various legal treatises, and other law review articles. Brennan obtained his Bachelor of Arts cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, and graduated from Northwestern University School of Law where he served as an editor on the law review and was the moot court champion. He served as a law clerk to the late Chief Judge Robert Warren of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and as a law clerk to Judge Daniel Manion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Brennan also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office where he prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases and first-chaired approximately 50 trials. During this time he was also staff counsel to a committee that rewrote Wisconsin’s statutes to implement Truth-in-Sentencing. In 2002 The Milwaukee Business Journal named Brennan one of its “40 under 40” professional leaders. He received a special Commendation from the U.S. Department of Justice for his service as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. He also served as a public member of the Wisconsin Legislative Council’s Special Committee on Crimes against Children.

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Executive Overreach in the Age of Obama: Dodd-Frank, IRS Targeting, & the DOJ

Event Recap:

Video coverage is available from WisconsinEye of our event on June 27th, 2013 entitled “Executive Overreach in the Age of Obama.”

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THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY FOR LAW & PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES

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MADISON LAWYERS CHAPTER PRESENTS:

Executive Overreach in the Age of Obama: Dodd-Frank, IRS Targeting, & the DOJ 

A Conversation with former White House Counsel Boyden Gray

Moderated by the Honorable Randy Koschnick, Jefferson County Circuit Court

Thursday, June 27, 2013

5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Madison Club, 5 East Wilson Street, Madison, WI

Program will begin at 5:15 p.m.

$15 Federalist Society Members

$20 Non-Federalist Society Members

(Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages included)

CLE Pending

Please RSVP by Monday, June 24th to:

Andrew Hitt – andrew.hitt.fed.soc@gmail.com

About this event:

The political discourse in this country has increasingly turned towards a discussion of executive overreach by the Obama administration. Beginning with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” questions have repeatedly arisen as to whether the executive branch has exceeded its constitutional powers. President Obama signed Dodd-Frank into law in July of 2010. The constitutionality of the Act has been challenged based on separation of powers, vagueness, and due process. Boyden Gray and Associates is litigating the matter. Additionally, IRS officials have admitted to targeting conservative groups and subjecting them to increased and unwarranted scrutiny, and most recently, the DOJ has reviewed reporters’ phone records and emails in the course of a leak investigation and has ordered phone and internet providers to turn over millions of records of correspondence data between individual in the United States and abroad. During this conversation with Boyden Gray, we look to define executive overreach, establish a framework to discuss it, and examine whether there is in fact a rise of executive overreach in the age of President Obama.

A critical review of executive action is one of the Federalist Society’s new initiatives entitled the Executive Branch Review project. An increase in Federal executive branch regulatory activity – whether through executive order, formal or informal administrative agency action – has been noted by many across the country. In launching Executive Branch Review, the Practice Groups of the Federalist Society seek to prompt a national debate about whether there has been an uptick in such regulatory activity, and, if so, with what consequence. The project will provide an objective resource that identifies major government activity, and provides a forum for debate and discussion about whether such regulation constitutes a form of legal and regulatory overreach.

Guests:

C. Boyden Gray, of the District of Columbia, is the former Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Diplomacy (2008-2009) and former Special Envoy for European Union Affairs (2008-2009). He is now a founding partner of the D.C.-based law firm, Boyden Gray & Associates LLP.

Prior to his appointment as Special Envoy, Mr. Gray served as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels from 2006 to 2007. From 1969 to 1981 and 1993 to 2005, Mr. Gray was a partner in the Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr law firm in Washington. He served as White House Counsel in the administration of President George H.W. Bush (1989-1993) and earlier served as Legal Counsel to Vice President Bush (1981-1989). Mr. Gray also served as counsel to the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief during the Reagan Administration.

Mr. Gray was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He earned his Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard University and his Juris Doctor with high honors from the Law School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Following his graduation from university, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. After law school, he clerked for Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1968-69).

The Honorable Randy R. Koschnick has distinguished himself as a leader in Wisconsin’s legal community and is currently serving as Presiding Judge of the Jefferson County Circuit Court and Chief Judge of Wisconsin’s Third Judicial District. He is an award-winning jurist with 30 years of legal experience covering a broad spectrum of the law including the Circuit Court, the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office, city and county prosecutor’s offices, legal education presenter and Board Member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Criminal Law Section.

Judge Koschnick was elected to the Jefferson County Circuit Court, Branch 4, in 1999 and then re-elected to the bench in 2005 and 2011. Prior to his three terms on the Circuit Court, Judge Koschnick served 14 years as lawyer with the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office in La Crosse, Monroe, Waukesha and Jefferson Counties, where he was elevated to Deputy First Assistant State Public Defender (1985-1999). He also gained valuable prosecution experience while working in the Homicide and Sexual Assault Prosecution Unit of the Hennepin County (MN) Attorney’s Office (1984-1985) and prosecuting misdemeanor and traffic cases in the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office (1983-1985).

Judge Koschnick is a lifelong Wisconsin resident. He was born in Milwaukee in 1960, graduated from Whitefish Bay High School (1978), received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1982), and earned his Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law (1985).

Judge Koschnick resides in Jefferson County with his wife of 30 years, Terri. They have two daughters.

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