High on Federalism: Marijuana's Challenge to State-Federal Relations

AN OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN YOUR SUBSTANCE ABUSE/EMOTIONAL DISTRESS MCLE CREDIT

Ilya Shapiro

Please join the Orange County Federalist Society on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 for a special presentation by Mr. Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, as he addresses issues concerning the legalization of marijuana in states such as Colorado, and specifically, the litigation by the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma against the state of Colorado.  The litigation contends that newly legal marijuana from neighbor Colorado is being illegally trafficked across their borders, negatively impacting the health and safety of their states' residents. The suit asserts that under the U.S. Constitution's supremacy clause, Colorado's decision to legalize and regulate the sale of recreational marijuana cannot stand so long as cannabis remains illegal under federal law.

Ilya Shapiro is editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. Before joining Cato, he was a special assistant/adviser to the Multi-National Force in Iraq on rule-of-law issues and practiced international, political, commercial, and antitrust litigation at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb.

Mr. Shapiro is the co-author of Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution (Palgrave Pivot 2014). He has contributed to a variety of academic, popular, and professional publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, L.A. Times, USA Today, National Law Journal, Weekly Standard, New York Times Online, and National Review Online. He also regularly provides commentary for various media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision and Telemundo, the Colbert Report, and NPR.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Shapiro clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He holds an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

When: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 pm (lunch)

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

Cost: $35 for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE (substance abuse) 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 panel. 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 Monday, March 9th, and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society."  

We welcome members, nonmembers, attorneys and non-attorneys to our events.

Creeping Sharia-ism or Free Exercise of Religion: Islamic Law in America

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS
RESERVE NOW, SPACE LIMITED

The Orange County Lawyers' Chapter of the Federalist Society cordially invites you to:

Creeping Sharia-ism or Free Exercise of Religion: Islamic Law in America






Matthew Kacsmaryk,
Deputy General Counsel,
Liberty Institute





Joy Brighton, Author,
Sharia-ism is Here: The Battle for Control of Women, and Everyone Else.









Hundreds of cases have been litigated and continuing to be litigated in U.S. courts with parties asserting claims under authority of Sharia, or Islamic law.  Recently, an Islamic Tribunal set up shop in Dallas, Texas, with the stated objective of providing an alternative dispute resolution forum for Muslim Americans. Join us as we discuss and debate the nature, extent and influence of Sharia-ism in America today.

Our distinguished panel includes Matthew Kacsmaryk, Deputy General Counsel of the Liberty Institute, an organization which focuses on religious liberty, and Joy Brighton, author of Sharia-ism is Here: The Battle for Control of Women, and Everyone Else.

Mr. Kacsmaryk served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas from 2008 through 2013. Assigned to the Appellate Division, he represented the United States government in over 75 criminal appeals filed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, including several cases of first impression, including United States v. Aldawsari, a terrorism case involving FISA. Mr. Kacsmaryk also served on two Criminal Division trial teams that prosecuted high profile, violent defendants and was responsible for all appellate litigation arising under the First Amendment, Sixth Amendment and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. In October 2013, he was awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security.   Prior to his work as a prosecutor, Mr. Kacsmaryk worked at the Dallas office of Baker Botts L.L.P., where he focused on commercial, constitutional, and intellectual property litigation.  Mr. Kacsmaryk received his J.D. from the University of Texas, where he served as an Executive Editor of the Texas Review of Law & Politics, and was a member of The Federalist Society.  He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Abilene Christian University. 

Joy Brighton is author of Sharia-ism is Here: The Battle for Control of Women, and Everyone Else. Ms. Brighton is a also a former Wall Street trader who today is part of an international team of experts concerned about the challenge of Sharia-ism, the political movement of Radical Islam, to America’s national security, civil and women’s rights, First Amendment freedoms, sovereignty of U.S. law and free capital financial markets. Ms. Brighton graduated from Fordham University, and earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University.  Prior to beginning her career as an expert in Sharia finance. 

Ms. Brighton worked as a fixed-income trader at Lehman Brothers and Chase in New York City and taught as an adjunct Professor of Securities and Investments at New York area universities. Later, with a Masters in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University, Ms. Brighton worked as an executive coach catering to investment professionals.  Ms. Brighton expanded her study of Sharia-ism from its influence on capital markets to civil rights and national security in the past decade, culminating in the publication of her latest book.  She has made numerous television and radio appearances as a commentator on these issues, including her May 2014 appearance on “The Kelly File” (Fox News).

When: Wednesday, February 18th, 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 hand side. 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 February 17th, and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society."  

We welcome members, nonmembers, attorneys and non-attorneys to our events.

Executive Orders on Immigration: Are They Legal?

You are cordially invited to join the Federalist Society 
of Orange County on Wednesday, January 14, as we host

Dr. Ronald D. Rotunda

on

“Executive Orders on Immigration: Are They Legal?”



President Obama recently announced that he is issuing Social Security cards to about 5 million undocumented aliens whom he will now allow to stay in the United States, notwithstanding the immigration laws that prohibit their remaining in the country. The Office of Legal Counsel (“lawyer to the President” and part of the Department of Justice) issued an opinion indicating he could do this as a part of “prosecutorial discretion,” although the President’s order goes far beyond a decision not to prosecute criminally those who enter in violation of our laws. The OLC opinion also ignored a series of previous OLC opinions that rejected this view of Presidential power.  The President has also issued orders “waiving” enforcement of parts of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), and issuing subsidies in apparent violation of the same law.  

Professor Rotunda is Professor of Law, and Doy and Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, at Chapman University and author of the two most widely used textbook on legal ethics and constitutional law in the U.S. He has written several other books and textbooks (including a six-volume Treatise on Constitutional Law), and more than 350 articles in various law reviews, journals, newspapers, and books in this country and in Europe. His works have been translated into French, German, Romanian, Czech, Russian, Japanese, and Korean. These books and articles have been cited more than 1,000 times by state and federal courts at every level, from trial courts to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been interviewed on radio and television on legal issues, both in this country and abroad, and recently testified before Congress on this issue. Dr. Rotunda is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a member of Harvard Law Review. 

EARN ONE HOUR OF MCLE CREDIT

When:  Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 p.m. (lunch)

Where: First Floor Conference Room, 2040 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614, (949) 760-0404. Bring your parking ticket to the luncheon for validation.

Cost: $30/members, $35/nonmembers, $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, click the Buy Now button on the right. To pay by cash, credit card or check at the door, please send an RSVP to Carol Matheis, at OCFederalist@cox.net and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society."