Podcasts

  • ACS Conference Call: The Garland Nomination

    On Monday, March 28, 2016, the American Constitution Society hosted a conference call with Richard W. Painter, Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush, and Michael J. Gottlieb, former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Associate White House Counsel who helped shepherd the nominations of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, to discuss Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court.


     

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  • ACS Conference Call: Voting Rights Litigation Update

    The Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder effectively nullified a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the most effective civil rights law ever enacted.  As a result, until Congress amends the Act, voting rights litigation will be the only path available to minority voters seeking to protect their rights against discriminatory voting laws.

    On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, the American Constitution Society hosted a conference call discussing current issues in voting rights litigation.


     

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  • Briefing Call: Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt

    On Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, the American Constitution Society hosted a discussion of Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the challenge to Texas's restrictive new abortion law that has forced over one-half of the state's abortion providers to shut down, and threatens to shutter many more. Melissa Murray, professor of law at Berkeley Law and member of the board of directors of the Bay Area Lawyer Chapter of ACS, and Julie Rikelman, litigation director at the Center for Reproductive Rights, provided details of the case.

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  • Supreme Court Vacancy: What's Next?

    On Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, the American Constitution Society hosted a conference call with University of California, Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on the current Supreme Court vacancy, the history of judicial nominations during election years and what we can expect moving forward.

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  • Briefing Call: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

    This Term, the Supreme Court will hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case about the constitutionality of “fair share fees” collected by unions that threatens to overturn forty years of precedent governing American labor relations and has the potential to invalidate provisions in thousands of collective bargaining agreements covering millions of workers.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 18, ACS President Caroline Fredrickson led a discussion about the case with two experts who have filed amicus briefs - University of Michigan School of Law Frank G. Millard Professor of Law Sam Bagenstos and National Women’s Law Center​ Vice President Emily Martin.

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