Redistribution of Your Wealth: Is it Legal or Moral?

When: Thursday, February 25, 2010, 11:45am - 1:00pm
Where: Louis J. Knobbe Conference Center at  Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, 2040 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614.  The Knobbe Conference Center is on the 2nd floor of the 2040 Building.  Parking will be validated (bring your parking receipt to the lunch).  Click here for directions.
Cost: $30 for gourmet box lunch and one hour MCLE credit. See reservation and payment details below. The Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE.

Panelists: Prof. John Baker (scholar, author, LSU Law School professor) and Assoc. Dean Timothy Canova (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and International law professor, Chapman Law School)

Panelists will debate the timely issue of whether those who have benefitted from a capitalist system should be expected to allocate part of their gains to replenish the infrastructure and to support those who have not realized the same benefit.

Prof. John Baker, panelist:
Professor John Baker retired as the Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law at LSU and Director of the Hemispheric Trade Program. Since 1999, he has also been an Invited Professor at the University of Lyon III (France). His teaching includes Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Health Care Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Comparative Law. While a professor, he has been a consultant to the Justice Department, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Separation of Powers, the Office of Planning in the White House, and USAID. His writing includes the following books: The Intelligence Edge: How to Profit in the Information Age (with Friedman, Friedman and Chapman; Crown Books/Random House 1997); Hall's Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (with Benson, Force and George; 5th ed. Michie, 1993); An Introduction to the Law of the United States (ed. with Levasseur; University Press of America, 1992). Professor Baker received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Michigan Law School (1972) and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Dallas (1969). He also earned a PhD from the University of London (2003).

Dean Timothy Canova, panelist:
Dean Canova is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Betty Hutton Williams Professor of International Economic Law at Chapman University School of Law. Since the 1980s he has written critically about the deregulation of banking and finance from an institutional law and Keynesian economics perspective. As a legislative aide to the late U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas, he published a critique of the bailout of Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust and the “Too Big to Fail Doctrine” and anticipated the collapse of the savings & loan industry. In the 1990s, prior to the Asian currency contagion, he argued against the liberalization of capital accounts and warned of an impending crisis in the bubble economy. In 1996 he argued in the New York Times and elsewhere against the reappointment of Alan Greenspan as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and soon warned of the growing housing bubble and threat of deflation. Dean Canova continues to advocate for well regulated financial markets, accountability and the rule of law in central banking, a return to Greatest Generation principles of functional finance, and the use of advanced information technologies to make regulation more effective and the global financial architecture more transparent.  Dean Canova practiced law in New York City with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He has taught previously at the University of Miami School of Law, the University of Arizona College of Law, and the University of New Mexico School of Law.

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