Religious Liberties for Religious Minorities in America


MCLE Elimination of Bias Credit


Asma Uddin

Join us when our guest speaker, Ms. Asma Uddin, will address the issue of religious liberties for religious minorities.  Specifically, she will be discussing recent Supreme Court cases such as Holt v. Hobbs, in which the Supreme Court unanimously held that a prison policy that prevented a Muslim prisoner from growing a half-inch beard in accordance with his religious beliefs was unconstitutional, and EEOC v. Abercrombie, which dealt with the standard to prevail in a claim of disparate treatment for religious accommodation. She will also discuss recent cases involving accommodations for religious minorities serving in the U.S. military and at military universities. 

Asma Uddin is Director of Strategy at the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom. Prior to joining CIRF, she was Counsel at the The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, where she worked on both international and American religious liberty advocacy, including numerous high-profile cases litigated before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Ms. Uddin worked as a litigator at Morgan Lewis Bockius prior to her work at The Becket Fund.   Ms. Uddin holds a B.A. from the University of Miami and J.D. from the University of Chicago, where she served on Law Review.

She has served as an expert panelist for the Washington Post/Newsweek blog "On Faith," and as a contributor to Huffington Post Religion, CNN's Belief Blog, and Common Ground News. Her more scholarly work has been published in the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, Review of Faith & International Affairs, and the St. Thomas University Law Journal.  

When: Thursday, July 28, 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 credit in fulfillment of elimination of BIAS requirement. (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 at the top 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 July 27, and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society."  

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Common Core, Commode Core, and the Growing Need for Decentralization in Education




Dr. James Shuls

Increasingly, the federal government is promoting controversial policies in America’s public schools. Common Core, de facto national learning standards, was promoted by the U.S. Department of Education through a $4.35 billion competitive grant program in 2009. More recently, the Civil Rights Divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education issued a “Dear Colleague” letter which redefined the rules regarding sex discrimination of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  Specifically, they state says schools must treat a transgender student the same as other students who identify with that gender.

While these issues appear very different on the surface, they highlight a growing problem facing America’s schools–federal encroachment.  Join us when Dr. James Shuls discusses the issues with each of these federal policies, the legal challenges, and the best path forward.   In short, he will argue that broader decentralization, which includes expanding educational options through school choice, is the best pathway for promoting liberty. 


Dr. James Shuls is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and Director of Education Policy and Distinguished Fellow in Education Policy at the Show-Me Institute. He is a recognized expert on Common Core, school choice and other education policy issues such as those recently litigated in the Vergarra v. California case.  His work has been featured in numerous national publications and media outlets.  Dr. Shuls earned his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas, holds master’s degree from Missouri State University and a bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University, both in elementary education. 

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00-1:00 p.m. (lunch)

Where: 1st Floor Conference Center, 2040 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614 (949) 760-0404

Cost: $30 for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit (Nonmembers, $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 this page. To pay by cash or check at the door, please send an RSVP no later than June 22, 2016 to Carol Matheis, at OCFederalist@cox.net and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society."

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Climate Change: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?

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Our Speaker:  Prof. Mario Loyola

Our President says, "The debate is over. Climate change is a fact." That statement is literally true -- but nothing about that statement is an argument for reducing carbon emissions, and for the EPA's bootstrapping of the Clean Air Act to put in place its Clean Power Plan, the implementation of which was stayed last month by the Supreme Court. The climate has always changed and will always change no matter what we do. The planet has been warming for centuries and is likely to continue warming no matter what we do. The crucial question for purposes of climate policy to regulate carbon emissions is -- how much of the current warming is attributable to carbon emissions? And among scientists, there continues to be a lot of debate about that. 

Prof. Loyola will put things in perspective for us when he joins us to review a brief history of the climate over the last 150,000 years, explore what scientists are actually saying, and how that differs from what many people think they're saying. He will examine the major proposed climate policies and statutes, and address the merits or lack thereof.

Prof. Loyola is an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University of Law, in Fairfax, Virginia and senior fellow and Director of the Center for Competitive Federalism at the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. He is also a contributing editor at National Review. He began his career in corporate law and since 2003 has divided his time between government service and research and writing at prominent policy institutes. He served in the Pentagon as a special assistant to the undersecretary of defense for policy, and on Capitol Hill as counsel for foreign and defense affairs to the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee, and a senior adviser for Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska.  Prof. Loyola received a B.A. in European history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
When: Wednesday, March 30, 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 AT THE FRONT DESK.
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. 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 March 29th, and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society."  
We welcome members, nonmembers, attorneys and non-attorneys to our events.