Free and prosperous societies respect property rights. But do copyrights really qualify for the same respect afforded to houses, cars, and computers?  Recent legislative trends suggest that lawmakers have been misled by the rhetoric of property to make copyright more and more powerful.  Has this trend has thrown public policy out of balance, discouraged innovation, and harmed consumers?  

Join us Wednesday, October 22, when we are honored to have Professor Tom W. Bell, of Chapman University, Fowler School of Law, address contemporary issues in copyright law. Professor Bell is the author of a new book, Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good.  His areas of expertise include telecommunications deregulation, Internet law, intellectual property, and public policy for the high-tech industry. 

After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993, Professor Bell joined the Silicon Valley law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. He entered teaching in 1995 as an assistant professor of law in the Program in Law and Technology at the University of Dayton School of Law. In addition to writing a steady stream of scholarly works, Professor Bell has appeared on or been quoted in several print and television news sources. In addition, Professor Bell holds an MA in philosophy from the University of Southern California.

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 pm (lunch)

Where: Knobbe Conference Center (1st Floor), 2040 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614 (949) 760-0404. Parking validated at event. Bring your parking ticket to the luncheon.

Cost: $30 for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit. (The Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE). 

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Photos from John Fund's "Obama's Enforcer" Luncheon

Iwona Wojtalik, John Fund, and Chapter President Carol Matheis

Our speaker John Fund, with his book "Obama's Enforcer"

Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department

"Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department"

 John Fund

The Federalist Society of Orange County is honored to have preeminent author and National Review columnist, John Fund, join us on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, to speak to us about his latest investigative look inside the country's largest law enforcement agency.  When questioned by congressional committees on sensitive issues like the ATF "gun walking" scandal or the surveillance of Fox News' reporter James Rosen, the attorney general either claimed ignorance or denied specific knowledge. When it was later revealed that Holder had personally signed off on the Rosen investigation, despite his explicit denials, indignant calls were heard across the political spectrum for his resignation. He became the first attorney general in history to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives over the "Fast and Furious" operation that killed a border patrol agent and numerous Mexican citizens. Yet Holder remained in his job, and it is clear that he has President Obama's full support.
In addition to monitoring reporters' phone records, Mr. Fund's work discusses the involvement of DOJ lawyers in instigating Operation Fast and Furious, ignoring the deliberate leaking of classified documents by the White House to favored reporters, the funneling of taxpayer funds to political allies through collusive settlements, the IRS abuses, and much more.
John Fund is a nationally recognized columnist for National Review. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Esquire, the New Republic, and USA Today. He has written several books that touch on Justice Department issues, including Stealing Elections and Cleaning House
When: Wednesday, September 10, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 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 PARKING 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 the RSVP to Carol Matheis, at by no later than September 9th, and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society."  We welcome members, nonmembers, attorneys and non-attorneys to our events.