Ethics in Community and Government Service


Hon. Don Wagner, Irvine City Mayor

Special Event!

J. Reuben Clark Law Society Orange County Chapter and the OC Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society Present:

Ethics in Community and Government Service
*1 hour of Ethics CLE credit available*

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 12:00 p.m

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, 2nd Floor
2040 Main St, Irvine, CA 92614
Park in the structure—Validation available for the event
$35 at the door for lunch (Gold & Silver members have pre-paid, free for Judges)

Please RSVP at: http://jrcls-oc.com/calendar.php

Mayor Donald P. “Don” Wagner has been active in government since he was first elected to the South Orange County Community college District Board of Trustees in 1998, and six years in the State Assembly, where he served on a number of different committees, and as the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee with jurisdiction over the legal profession, the courts, and most state governing codes.

He received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Juris Doctorate in 1987 from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. A practicing attorney, Mayor Wagner is active in the Orange County business and legal communities. He has served on several committees and advisory boards for the Orange County Bar Association, and as a Judge Pro Tempore in the Superior Court of Orange County. He has also published articles on legal, political, and cultural topics in the local media.

Mayor Wagner founded and served as the first president of the Orange County Chapter of the Federalist Society, a national organization of conservative lawyers, judges, and law professors committed to ensuring judicial integrity and strict adherence to the Constitution of the United States.

Don and his wife, Megan, moved to Irvine in 1991. All three of their children were educated in Irvine public schools, where the Wagners have a strong history of heavy involvement in volunteer work throughout Orange County.

We welcome all interested attorneys and non-attorneys to our events.

The Exponential Growth of the Federal Bureaucracy


Dean James Huffman

The near exponential growth of the federal bureaucracy since the New Deal reflects the failure of Congress to maintain its coequal authority within the constitutional separation of powers and an excessive judicial deference to agency interpretations of Congressional grants of executive authority. The result has been deterioration in Congressional power accompanied by a growth in political factionalism and an erosion of the liberties of American citizens. If Congress can muster the political will, it has clear authority to restore the constitutional separation of powers.

Join us as James Huffman, Dean Emeritus and Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School addresses this vital issue of Congressional oversight of the federal bureaucracy and separation of powers. Professor Huffman joined the Lewis and Clark Law School faculty in 1973, was appointed Acting Dean in 1993 and Dean in 1994, and returned to full time teaching in 2006. He has been a visiting professor at Auckland University in New Zealand, the University of Oregon, the University of Athens in Greece and Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala. He was also a fellow at the Humane Studies Institute and a Distinguished Bradley Scholar at the Heritage Foundation. Jim serves on the boards of the National Crime Victims Law Institute, the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, the Classroom Law Project, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He is a member and former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Environment and Property Rights Practice Group of the Federalist Society. He is the author of more than 100 articles and chapters on a wide array of legal topics, writing extensively on land use, property rights, environmental and constitutional issues.

Prof. Huffman earned a B.S. from Montana State University, a M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

EARN ONE HOUR OF MCLE CREDIT
When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 p.m. (lunch)

Where: Oliver Café at Equinox Sports Club, 1980 Main Street, Irvine, Tel. (949) 251-6363. Bring your parking ticket to the luncheon for validation.

Cost: $30/members, $35/nonmembers, $20/students, for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit (the Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE).

RSVP and Pay: To RSVP and pay by credit card, click the Buy Now button on the right. To pay by cash, credit card or check at the door, please send an RSVP to Carol Matheis, at OCFederalist@cox.net and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society." 


We welcome all interested attorneys and non-attorneys to our events.

A Debt Against the Living: An Introduction to Originalism


Ilan Wurman


Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that the earth belongs to the living. His letter to James Madison is often quoted for the proposition that we should not be bound to the “dead hand of the past,” suggesting that the Constitution should instead be interpreted as a living, breathing document. Less well known is Madison’s response, in which he said that the Constitution forms a debt against the living, who take the benefit of it. This debt, Madison claimed, could only be discharged by a kind of originalism. 



Who is right? Thomas Jefferson or James Madison? 

Please join us for a conversation with Ilan Wurman, author of A Debt Against the Living: An Introduction to Originalism, to discuss this question as well as the latest scholarship and problems in originalism. Stanford law professor and former federal judge Michael W. McConnell has described the book as the first “to explain to the ordinary citizen—free from what the late Justice Antonin Scalia called ‘jiggery pokery’—what it means to understand the Constitution as enduring law rather than politics by a different name.” 

Ilan Wurman is a Nonresident Fellow at the Stanford Constitutional Law Center and an attorney in Washington, D.C. He was formerly deputy general counsel on Senator Rand Paul’s US presidential campaign, associate counsel on Senator Tom Cotton’s campaign for US Senate, and a law clerk to the honorable Jerry E. Smith of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His writing on administrative law and constitutional interpretation has also appeared or is forthcoming in numerous law reviews, including the Stanford Law Review and the Texas Law Review, as well as in national journals, including National Affairs, The Weekly Standard, and City Journal. He graduated from Stanford Law School, and from Claremont McKenna College with degrees in Government and Physics.

A limited number of copies of the book, “A Debt Against the Living: An Introduction to Originalism” will be available for purchase at the event ($20 cash/check).


EARN ONE HOUR OF MCLE CREDIT

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 p.m. (lunch)

Where: First Floor Conference Center, 2040 Main Street, Irvine, (949) 760-0404. Bring your parking ticket to the luncheon for validation.

Cost: $30/members, $35/nonmembers, $20/students, for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit (the Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE).

RSVP and Pay: To RSVP and pay by credit card, click the Buy Now button on the right. To pay by cash, credit card or check at the door, please send an RSVP to Carol Matheis, at OCFederalist@cox.net and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society."

We welcome all interested attorneys and non-attorneys to our events.