August 8, 2024 Supreme Court Roundup with Blaine Evanson

The Orange County Federalist Society Lawyers Chapter is pleased to host Blaine Evanson to provide a summary of the most significant United States Supreme Court cases from the 2023-2024 term. Blaine will provide an overview of some of the key decisions, including the Moody v. Netchoice case pitting free speech against online platform regulation; the Smith v. California First Amendment case involving protest activities; and the United States v. Lopez Commerce Clause case. 

 



When: Thursday August 8 at 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 p.m. (lunch)

NOTE NEW LAGUNA NIGUEL VENUEBottega Angelina32441 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Cost: $35/members, $45/non-members, $25/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, please visit the Federalist Society event page here.

To pay by cash or check at the door, please send an RSVP to Tim Kowal at OCFedSocPresident@gmail.com and make checks payable to “The Federalist Society.”

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Blaine H. Evanson is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Orange County, California, practicing primarily in the appellate and constitutional law practice group. He has represented clients in several matters before the Supreme Court of the United States and in federal and state appellate courts around the country. He has experience across a broad array of industries and subject matter areas, at all stages of litigation. He has received many accolades for his appellate practice, including from Law360, Euromoney, Benchmark Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America, and California “Super Lawyers.” Mr. Evanson is also a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Before coming to BYU, he taught courses in constitutional law at the University of Southern California and University of California, Irvine law schools.

Mr. Evanson graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and a Senior Editor on the Columbia Law Review. After graduation, he served as a law clerk for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

At BYU Law School, Mr. Evanson teaches Constitutional Law in Commercial Litigation, a course which analyzes current issues in constitutional law that are actively litigated by companies in commercial litigation.

John Fund: Joe Biden Now Has A New Election Partner: The Federal Government

If You Disliked Vote Harvesting, Wait Till You Read Biden's Executive Orders 

You probably remember the "Zuckerbucks" strategy in the 2020 election, which pumped nearly half a billion dollars to almost 2500 election offices for get-out-the-vote operations. While 28 states so far, including Wisconsin, have banned this practice, President Biden has issued a series of executive orders to leverage over 600 federal agencies—including the Social Security Administration's 1,200 offices and all national parks—in similar get-out-the-vote operations. 

Election-law expert John Fund will discuss the executive orders, how they are likely to effect the election, how there is, unfortunately, nothing legally to be done about it before the election, and how to factor all this in evaluations of the integrity of our elections. 

When: Tuesday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 p.m. (lunch)

Where: First Floor Conference Room, 2040 Main Street, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA.
(Please get your parking ticket validated in the lobby before or after entering the venue.)

Cost: $30/members, $35/non-members, $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, please visit the Federalist Society event page here.

To pay by cash or check at the door, please send an RSVP to Tim Kowal at OCFedSocPresident@gmail.com and make checks payable to “The Federalist Society.”

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John Fund is National Affairs Columnist for National Review magazine and a on-air analyst on the Fox News Channel. He is considered a notable expert on American politics and the nexus between politics and economics.

He previously served as a columnist and editorial board member for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including Who's Counting: Bow Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote At Risk (Encounter Books, 2012); Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy (Encounter Books, 2008) and The Dangers of Regulation Through Litigation (ATRA Press, 2008). He worked as a research analyst for the California Legislature in Sacramento before beginning his journalism career as a reporter for the syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak.

Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, called him "the Tom Paine of the modern Congressional reform movement." He has won awards from the Institute for Justice, The School Choice Aliance and the Warren Brooks award for journalistic excellence from the American Legislative Exchange Council.


When Critical Race Theory Comes to the Courts, with Heather Mac Donald

 California’s Racial Justice Act, passed without notice in 2020, has the potential to unwind much of the criminal justice system in California.  The act substitutes broad claims of systemic racism for individualized proof that any given defendant was the victim of criminal justice bias.  It allows virtually every convict in prison or jail to today to reopen his conviction or sentencing on grounds of systemic bias. Ms. Mac Donald will discuss the rulings under the act to date and open the floor to a discussion about remedies. 


When: Wednesday, June 12th at 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 p.m. (lunch)

Where: First Floor Conference Room, 2040 Main Street, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA.

Cost: $30/members, $35/non-members, $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, please visit the Federalist Society event page here

To pay by cash or check at the door, please send an RSVP to Tim Kowal at OCFedSocPresident@gmail.com and make checks payable to “The Federalist Society.”

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Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and a New York Times bestselling author. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize. Mac Donald’s work at City Journal has covered a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal-justice reform, and race relations. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and The New Criterion. Mac Donald’s newest book is When Race Trumps Merit.

 

Other previous works include The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture (2018), which argues that toxic ideas first spread by higher education have undermined humanistic values, fueled intolerance, and widened divisions in our larger culture. The War on Cops (2016), a New York Times bestseller, warns that raced-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk. The Burden of Bad Ideas (2001), a collection of Mac Donald’s City Journal essays, details the effects of the 1960s counterculture’s destructive march through America’s institutions. In The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan than Today’s (2007), coauthored with Victor Davis Hanson and Steven Malanga, she chronicles the effects of broken immigration laws and proposes a practical solution to securing the country’s porous borders. In Are Cops Racist? (2010), another City Journal anthology, Mac Donald investigates the workings of the police, the controversy over so-called racial profiling, and the anti-profiling lobby’s harmful effects on black Americans.

 

A nonpracticing lawyer, Mac Donald clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a volunteer with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has frequently testified before U.S. House and Senate Committees. In 1998, Mac Donald was appointed to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s task force on the City University of New York. She has received numerous awards for her writing:

  • Civilian Valor Award (2004), from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.
  • Integrity in Journalism Award (2008), from the New York State Shields.
  • Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration (2008), from the Center for Immigration Studies.
  • Quill & Badge Award for Excellence in Communication (2012), from the International Union of Police Associations.
  • Excellence in Media Award (2016), from the State Troopers Coalition.
  • Excellence in Media Award (2017), from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
  • Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Outstanding Journalism (2017), from The Fund for American Studies.
  • Heroism Award (2017), from the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association.
  • Law Enforcement Patriot of the Year (2018), Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) Foundation
  • Peter Shaw Award (2019), from the National Association of Scholars (NAS).
  • Lady of Grace Award, Police Holy Name Society of Nassau County (2019).
  • City Journal Award (2022)
  • Jeane Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom, Encounter Books (2022)

 

A frequent guest on Fox News and other TV and radio programs, Mac Donald holds a B.A. in English from Yale University, graduating with a Mellon Fellowship to Cambridge University, where she earned an M.A. in English and studied in Italy through a Clare College study grant. She holds a J.D. from Stanford University Law School.