ACS Georgia: Constitutional Conversations: The Right to a Fair Trial in Criminal Cases

Join the ACS Georgia Lawyer Chapter for the next installment in its Constitutional Conversations series, a set of discussions on current issues in constitutional law hosted with the Fulton County Libraries.

This conversation will be about the right to a fair trial in criminal cases.. The right to a fair trial is enshrined in the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and in the comparable provisions of the Georgia constitution. To ensure a fair trial, it is the function, if not the duty, of the trial judge and trial counsel to make the adversarial testing process work in every particular case. This presentation will cover the roles of the three participants: the trial judge, the prosecutor and the defense counsel. It will discuss impropriety by the trial judge, including recusals, the ever-expanding role of the prosecutor, ineffective assistance of defense counsel, and the right to represent oneself.

Featuring:

John Kraus, Attorney, Law Offices of John W. Kraus

Amending the U.S. Constitution: The Risks of an Article V Convention of the States

Professor David Super (Georgetown Law) and Professor McKay Cunningham (Concordia Law) will present a legal program analyzing a current Constitutional Law topic that is particularly germane in Idaho. This program will cover the following topics:

• The history of amending the U.S. Constitution

• The legal benefits and detriments inherent in an Article V Convention

• Potential changes to Constitutional norms posed by an Article V Convention

• Various proposed amendments, including a Balanced Budget Amendment and the amendments proposed by the Convention of the States

• Whether Idaho should petition for an Article V Convention

Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by Concordia School of Law, in partnership with the Constitution Coalition of Idaho and the Concordia School of Law chapter of the American Constitution Society.

RSVP to jubell@cu-portland.edu

ACS Sacramento: "The Democracy Fix" with Caroline Fredrickson

Join Capitol Books and the ACS Sacramento Lawyer Chapter for a discussion with ACS President Caroline Fredrickson on her new book, The Democracy Fix: How to Win the Fight for Fair Rules, Fair Courts, and Fair Elections. Fredrickson analyzes how the right has seized power at every level of government. She demonstrates how the right ruthlessly focuses on building intellectual capital, winning elections, selecting judges, changing legal rules, promoting fake news, gerrymandering, and suppressing the vote—and then shows how progressives can take government back with their own disciplined and principled counter-attack.

Featuring:

Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society

ACS Los Angeles: "Vote for US" with Josh Douglas

Join The Last Bookstore, the League of Women Voters, VoteRiders, and the ACS Los Angeles Lawyer Chapter for a discussion and book signing with Professor Joshua Douglas on his new book, Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting.

In contrast to the anxiety surrounding our voting system, with stories about voter suppression and manipulation, there are actually quite a few positive initiatives toward voting rights reform. Professor Douglas, an expert on our electoral system, examines these encouraging developments in his inspiring book about how regular Americans are working to take back their democracy, one community at a time.

Featuring:

Joshua A. Douglas, Thomas P. Lewis Professor of Law and ACS Faculty Advisor, University of Kentucky College of Law

ACS Bay Area: "The Democracy Fix" with Caroline Fredrickson

Join Book Passage Corte Madera and the ACS Bay Area Lawyer Chapter for a discussion with ACS President Caroline Fredrickson on her new book, The Democracy Fix: How to Win the Fight for Fair Rules, Fair Courts, and Fair Elections. Fredrickson analyzes how the right has seized power at every level of government. She demonstrates how the right ruthlessly focuses on building intellectual capital, winning elections, selecting judges, changing legal rules, promoting fake news, gerrymandering, and suppressing the vote—and then shows how progressives can take government back with their own disciplined and principled counter-attack.

Featuring:

Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society