"Isn't It Time We Stopped Trusting Judges--What Would the Framers Advise?"




Some observers have been dismayed by apparent violations of the separation of powers by executive actions taken by President Obama. Affected parties have resorted to the courts, only to be let down by decisions seemingly crafted by an overarching intent by judges to define what the law should be, in terms of social policy or political intent, instead of what it is.  

Last week, the Supreme Court announced that they would review United States v. Texas, the challenge to the Obama administration’s deferred-action policy for undocumented immigrants.  The Justices further requested lawyers to submit briefs on whether the policy violated the Constitution's demand that the President “faithfully” execute the laws enacted by Congress.

Dr. David Forte, whose legal scholarship was cited by Chief Justice Roberts' dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), will be joining us to address these issues.  Dr. Forte is Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University.  He is an internationally recognized expert and writes and speaks nationally on topics such as constitutional law, religious liberty, Islamic law, the rights of families, and international affairs.  Dr. Forte served as book review editor for the American Journal of Jurisprudence and has edited a volume entitled, Natural Law and Contemporary Public Policy, published by Georgetown University Press.  His book, Islamic Law Studies: Classical and Contemporary Applications, has been published by Austin & Winfield.  He is Senior Editor of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (2006, 2014), a clause-by-clause analysis of the Constitution of the United States. 

Dr. Forte holds a B.A. from Harvard College, M.A. from Manchester University, England, Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

When: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 pm (lunch)

Where: First Floor Conference Center, 2040 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614 (949) 760-0404. Parking validated at event. Please validate with the lobby ambassador before or after the lunch. Tell the ambassador that you are attending the OC Federalist Lunch.

Cost: $30 members/$35 nonmembers/$20 students/judges 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. To pay by cash, check or credit card at the door, please send the RSVP to Carol Matheis, at OCFederalist@cox.net.  Checks are payable to "The Federalist Society."  Reserve by NLT February 10, 2016. 

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From Nixon to Obama: Scandal as a Political Weapon


Geoff Shepard

Familiar names: Watergate, Iran Contra, Fast and Furious, Benghazi. How do today's 30,000 deleted email messages (Obama/Clinton) measure up to yesterday's 18-minute tape recording gap (Nixon)? Geoff Shepard joined the Nixon White House staff right out of Harvard Law School, stayed for 5 years, and ended up on Nixon’s Watergate defense team.  He’s followed political scandals ever since.  Come join us for a presentation on the necessary ingredients, how such national scandals evolve, and the disturbing patterns emerging in their use and abuse.  This is a fine opportunity to earn one hour of MCLE ethics credit.

When Thursday, January 7, 2016, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 pm (lunch)

Where Oliver's at the Equinox Sports Club Irvine, 1980 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614.  Telephone (949) 975-8400. 

Parking in the structure. BRING YOUR TICKET FOR VALIDATION.

Cost: $30 member/ $35 nonmember/ $20 students/judges for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE Ethics 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. To pay by credit card, cash, or check at the door, please send an RSVP to Carol Matheis, at OCFederalist@cox.net by no later than COB January 6th, and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society."  

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The Iran Nuclear Deal: How Did We Arrive Here and What Can Be Done Next?


Our Speaker:  Jamil N. Jaffer, Adjunct Professor of Law and 
Director, Homeland and National Security Law Program,
George Mason University School of Law

Professor Jaffer most recently served as Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), where he was the lead drafter of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) and two enacted laws imposing sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, as well as legislation authorizing the use of military force against Syria, ISIS, and al-Qaeda in the global war on terror. Professor Jaffer previously served at the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) where he was the lead drafter of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) and led committee efforts on terrorism and key intelligence collection programs, including the Section 215 (metadata) and 702 (content) programs, among other things. Professor Jaffer also served in the Bush Administration as an Associate Counsel to the President and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division at the Department of Justice, where among other things, he worked on the first matter to be litigated in the FISA Court. Professor Jaffer is also currently a Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at IronNet Cybersecurity, a startup technology company founded by the former heads of the National Security Agency and the National Counterterrorism Center. 

Professor Jaffer has appeared in many media venues, including the Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, National Review Online, MSNBC Digital and National Public Radio. He is the author and co-author of a number of published works, including a recent book chapter on international terrorism with former CIA Director Gen. Mike Hayden in CHOOSING TO LEAD: AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY FOR A DISORDERED WORLD (2015) and a book chapter on surveillance laws in the ABA’s LAW OF COUNTERTERRORISM (2011). 

Professor Jaffer holds degrees from UCLA (B.A. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1998), the University of Chicago Law School (J.D. with honors, 2003), and the United States Naval War College (M.A. with distinction, 2006). 

When: Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 pm (lunch)

Where Oliver's at the Equinox Sports Club Irvine, 1980 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614.  Telephone (949) 975-8400. Parking in the structure. BRING YOUR TICKET FOR VALIDATION.

Cost: $30 member/ $35 nonmember/ $20 students/judges 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 credit card, cash, or check at the door, please send an RSVP to Carol Matheis, at OCFederalist@cox.net by no later than COB November 23rd, and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society."  

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