Ron Rotunda: His Life in the Law

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Presents an MCLE Luncheon:
John Shu
Please join us as John Shu presents a review and retrospective of the work and writings of our late friend and colleague, Professor Ron Rotunda, who passed away in March of this year. Professor Rotunda was a constitutional law and legal ethics pioneer and scholar who taught law at the University of Illinois - Champaign, George Mason University, and Chapman University.

Professor Rotunda wrote seminal law books that are still used in law schools across the country and was the author of over 500 law review articles and other legal publications. These books and articles have been cited more than 2000 times by law reviews, by state and federal courts at every level, by the U.S. Supreme Court and by foreign courts in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

John Shu, a legal scholar in his own right, will review the groundbreaking work and prolific writing of Professor Rotunda, and will lend his perspective and analysis. Mr. Shu is an attorney and legal commentator practicing here in Orange County. His focus areas include constitutional law, securities & corporate law, politics, and international affairs, and has lectured and published on a wide variety of issues. He worked for both President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush in the White House. He also served Judge Stanley Sporkin, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who was Director of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and General Counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency, and Judge Paul Roney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, who was Presiding Judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. He can frequently be heard commenting on legal issues on radio programming, and his legal writing has appeared in national publications such as the Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Shu holds a J.D., with honors, from Pepperdine University School of Law and a B.A., with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed, with honors, a graduate program at Peking University.


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When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 p.m. (lunch)

Where: First Floor Conference Center, 2040 Main Street, Irvine, Tel. (949) 760-0404. Bring your parking ticket to the luncheon for validation. Validate at the desk in the lobby before or after the lunch.

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.

The Deep State: A By-Product of the Administrative State, Attempting to Affect the 2020 Census

Dr. John Baker


The Attorney General of the self-proclaimed Sanctuary State of California has sued the federal government for wanting to include a census question about whether one is a U.S. citizen or not. The 2020 census will query households about their occupants, ages, and national origins—but only South American and Asian nations, not African, European or other nations. It asks for names of the tribe, if Native American. The objection to the citizenship question appears misplaced, given the arbitrary questions regarding nation origin. This week, the Supreme Court weighed in, denying a motion to stay the deposition of high-level Trump administration personnel in connection with the suit.


We are pleased to announce that Dr. John Baker, Professor Emeritus of Law, and previously the Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law, at Louisiana State University Law School, will be here to discuss the Deep State, the Administrative State, the Sanctuary State and the census citizenship question issue. Dr. Baker is a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law School and has been a Visiting Fellow at Oriel College, the University of Oxford (2012-2014). He was an adjunct Fellow at the Heritage Foundation (Spring, 2008) and a Distinguished Scholar at the Catholic University of America Law School (2011-12). He has also taught at Tulane Law School, George Mason Law School, Pepperdine Law School, New York Law School, Hong Kong University, and the University of Dallas, School of Management He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Lyon III (France) (1999-2011) and at the Universidad de los Andes, Chile, where he was a Fulbright Specialist in 2012. He has lectured at universities and research institutes in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Peru, Slovenia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, where he was a Fulbright Fellow (2006). 

Dr. Baker received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Dallas. He also earned a Ph.D. in Political Thought from the University of London. In addition to law review articles, book chapters, and textbooks, Dr. Baker has published a number of articles in The Wall St. Journal. He argues in federal court, including two oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court, and has taught courses for the Federalist Society on separation of powers with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.


EARN ONE HOUR OF MCLE CREDIT
When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 p.m. (lunch) 

Where: Oliver’s at Equinox Sports Club, 1980 Main Street, Irvine, CA. Tel (949) 975-8400. Please get your parking ticket validated in the lobby before entering the venue. 

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 event.

Brett Kavanaugh, Religious Liberty, and the Administrative State

Sarah Pitlyk
On Tuesday, September 4, the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Senate will hold hearings on the confirmation of U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Join us in this timely presentation as Sarah Pitlyk, Special Counsel to the Thomas More Society and former law clerk to Judge Kavanaugh, discusses his jurisprudence in the area of religious liberty and the administrative state.

Sarah Pitlyk joined the Thomas More Society as Special Counsel after practicing for several years at a civil litigation boutique in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to contract, employment, and tax disputes, Sarah’s litigation experience includes an embryo custody appeal and amicus briefs in several landmark pro-life and religious liberty cases. Since joining TMS, she has been working on an open records law appeal in the Ninth Circuit and on challenging St. Louis’s unconstitutional “abortion sanctuary city” ordinance. Before moving to St. Louis in 2012, Sarah practiced food and drug regulatory law for three years at a large Washington, DC, law firm. From 2010 to 2011, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Sarah received her J.D. from Yale Law School after earning a master’s degree in Philosophy from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Applied Biomedical Ethics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. In addition to practicing law, Sarah has taught philosophy and bioethics at the university level. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston College.

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When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 p.m. (lunch)

Where: First Floor Conference Center, 2040 Main Street, First Floor, Irvine, Tel. (949) 760-0404. Bring your parking ticket to the luncheon for validation. Validate at the desk in the lobby before or after the luncheon.

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.