Election Season 2016: Focus On The Electoral College

Trent England, V.P. for Strategic Initiatives
Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs

Alexander Hamilton praised it as “at least excellent,” but today the Electoral College is misunderstood, maligned, and the target of a state-based nullification campaign. How does the Electoral College system work? How does it influence our politics from top to bottom? And what might happen if the “National Popular Vote” interstate compact (of which California is a part) someday takes effect?

The election season is, mercifully, almost over. How will it all turn out?  The winner of the presidential contest must attain 270 electoral votes.  Join us to hear Trent England explain its origins, how it functions, Hamiltonian praise and popular critiques of the system that was established by the founders in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution.

Trent England is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, where he also is the David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow for the Advancement of Liberty and directs the Center for the Constitution & Freedom and the Save Our States project.  He also hosts a radio program, "The Trent England Show," every weekday on Oklahoma City radio, and is the co-host of "MiddleGround TV" on  Oklahoma City's Fox affiliate.

Trent is a contributor to two books, The Heritage Guide to the Constitution and One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, and Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty.  His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Times, and other newspapers.  He obtained his J.D. from The George Mason University School of Law and a B.A. in government from Claremont McKenna College. 

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2016. 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 pm (lunch)

Where: Oliver's at the Equinox Sports Club, 1980 Main Street, Irvine, California 92614, Tel. (949) 975-8400. Parking validated (bring ticket inside).

Cost: $30 for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit. Nonmember $35, Students/Judges $20. (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 the RSVP to Carol Matheis, at OCFederalist@cox.net and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society.  

The Orange County Lawyer's Chapter of the Federalist Society welcomes all interested parties to our events, including non-lawyer members of the public. 

Trump and Clinton: A Comparison of Second Amendment Policy


Dr. John Lott will address the Presidential candidates' positions on the second amendment and gun control, as well as his latest research on gun violence, gun control advocacy and gun owners' rights advocacy. 

John R. Lott, Jr. is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and an economist who has held research and/or teaching positions at the University of Chicago, Yale University, Stanford, UCLA, Wharton, and Rice, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989.  He has published over 100 articles in academic journals.  He also is the author of nine books of which his most recent is The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies. To quote one of his book reviewers, "In his usual fashion, John goes past the usual talking points which infest cable television debates and takes on some of the most sacred cows of the gun control lobby, tossing their filleted remains straight onto the grill."  

His past books have included three editions of More Guns, Less Crime, Freedomnomics, and Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges off the Bench.  Opinion pieces by Lott have appeared in such places as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on such television programs as the ABC and NBC National Evening News broadcasts, Fox News, PBS's "The News Hour," and "The Today Show," and on nationally syndicated radio programs.  He received his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1984.

When: Friday, September 9, 2016. 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 pm (lunch)

Where: Oliver's at the Equinox Sports Club, 1980 Main Street, Irvine, California 92614, Tel. (949) 975-8400. Parking validated.

Cost: $30 for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit. Nonmember $35, Students/Judges $20. (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 the RSVP to Carol Matheis, at OCFederalist@cox.net and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society. 

The Orange County Lawyer's Chapter of the Federalist Society welcomes all interested parties to our events, including non-lawyer members of the public. 

Photos from our July Luncheon with Ms. Asma Uddin

Chapter President Carol Matheis with Ms. Asma Uddin

Our speaker, Ms. Asma Uddin

MCLE Luncheon