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A Debate: The Future of Firearms Laws in the US

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

A Debate: The Obamacare Ruling

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Abuse of Eminent Domain: In NY & Throughout the Nation

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Monday, April 23rd – 6:00–7:00PM - Room G85, Myron Taylor Hall

Scott G. Bullock from the Institute for Justice will discuss Kelo and governmental takings.

Free Market Environmentalism: A Debate

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Tuesday, March 27 at 12:30pm – McDonald Moot Court Room (Rm. 390)

Prof. David M. Driesen from the Syracuse U. School of Law will debate Ms. Becky Norton Dunlop from the Heritage Foundation on the topic of Free Market Environmentalism.

Langbein Meets Letterman: Top Ten German Advantages in Civil Justice

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5:00pm in G85

Criticism of US civil justice abounds, but ideas for fixes are few and unproven. Professor James Maxeiner (CLS ‘77) shows ways proven to work. These foreign ways are consistent with our ideals and with what we identify as best practices. Often, these foreign fixes are our best practices actually implemented.

Prof. Maxeiner’s speech will be predominantly related to his new book, Failures of American Civil Justice in International Perspective. Failures of American Civil Justice in International Perspective “provides a comparative-critical introduction to civil justice systems in the United States, Germany, and Korea. It shows the shortcomings of the American system and compares them with German and Korean successes in implementing the rule of law”.

Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Monday, Dec. 30 at 4:00pm in the Saperston Student Lounge

Professor Carl T. Bogus of the Roger Williams University School of Law will discuss his new book Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism.

William F. Buckley was an eloquent writer and brilliant polemicist whose works are still required texts for conservatives. His TV show Firing Line and his campaign for mayor of New York City made him a celebrity; his wit and zest for combat made conservatism fun. But Buckley was far more than a controversialist. Deploying his uncommon charm, shrewdly building alliances, and refusing to compromise on core principles, he almost single-handedly transformed conservatism from a set of retrograde attitudes into a revolutionary force. Scholar Carl T. Bogus gives us the most authoritative biography ever published of this vital, larger-than-life figure.

Reviews and Commentary on Buckley

“Remarkably perceptive… Mr. Bogus rises to the occasion, crafting a formative biography and history that is not only interesting and relevant, but an essential study of Buckley and the post-World War II conservative movement. This is an important book. Anyone, of any political stripe, interested in learning more about the rise of conservatism as a movement in the mid-20th century needs to read Carl T. Bogus‘ Buckley.”—Washington Times

“[Bogus’] discussion of the various intellectual players is well informed, and he makes a useful contribution to understanding the contending variations of modern American conservatism.”—New York Times Book Review

“Worth reading”—James B. Burnham, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A thoughtful blend of biography and intellectual history … Bogus vividly encapsulates how radically Buckley ‘changed America’s political realities … a feat so great that it is almost impossible to overstate.’”—Publishers Weekly

“This is an insightful book that will please anyone interested in midcentury American history and politics. Anyone serious about political philosophy will learn from it. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred)

“Carl T. Bogus has given us a very fine biography of William F. Buckley Jr., the founder and central figure of the American conservative movement. Without Buckley we might not have had the Reagan presidency. As editor of National Review, columnist, author of many books, and host of the TV show Firing Line, Buckley seemed to be everywhere. Nothing like this had happened in American history.”—Jeffrey Hart, Professor of English Emeritus, Dartmouth College; former senior editor, National Review; author, The Making of the Conservative Mind; National Review and its Times

“I found this book to be well-written,well-informed, and fair minded. Carl Bogus is very solid on the various forms of conservatism in the 50s and 60s and Buckley’s role in defining his version. He also includes terrific, lengthy passages on Vietnam, civil rights, Reagan, Mayor Lindsay, Ayn Rand, and Russell Kirk.”—James Patterson, Brown University, Bancroft Prize-winning author of Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945–1974

“Carl Bogus has given us a terrific new book on William F. Buckley that is neither hagiography nor ideological axe-grinding. Buckley is a serious and thoughtful discussion of the nature of modern American conservatism and Buckley’s role in shaping it. Liberals and conservatives will both gain immensely from this readable and entertaining work of scholarship.”—Vincent J. Cannato, author of The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and his Struggle to Save New York
“not a traditional cradle-to-grave biography but an ongoing conversation about and argument with Buckley”—Kirkus

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Current Second Amendment Litigation with Mr. Alan Gura

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00pm in the Room G85
Mr. Alan Gura, litigator of famous Supreme Court Second Amendment cases DC v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago will speak on his current Second Amendment cases in NY and across the US.

Prof. Steven Hetcher on Anonymity, Privacy, and Facebook

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Thursday, November 17 at 6:00pm in the Room G85
Professor Steven Hetcher of Vanderbilt Law will discuss Anonymity, Privacy, and Facebook, including discussing how Facebook’s privacy policy contrasts with the group Anonymous’ and other “hackitivists” work. Refreshments will be provided.

DEBATE OUR SPEAKER: Mr. Robert Levy on Obamacare and the Commerce Clause

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Monday, October 31 at 6:00pm in the Moot Court Room (Room 390)
Mr. Robert Levy, Chairman of the CATO Institute, will speak and debate students on the topic of Obamacare and the Commerce Clause. This event has been scheduled to be at the tail end of Cornell Law’s Cuccia Cup. Refreshments will be provided.

The Legality of Obama’s Czars

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Monday, October 3 at 12:00pm in the Saperston Student Lounge
Like prior presidencies, the Obama Administration has employed high-ranking ‘czars’ to address politically visible issues. These individuals often operate “above” and “outside” agencies in order to coordinate multi-agency efforts. Often they work directly with the President. They, however, may not be subject to congressional oversight or to the Senate’s advice and consent. This lack of accountability raises concerns modern presidencies have skirted the check-and-balance of the appointments process. Are these czars “constitutional,” that is, do their appointments violate the Appointments Clause? Professor Tuan Samahon will address the broader constitutional issues at stake, including the appropriate scope of executive power in our unitary executive.

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