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Weekly Bulletin May 6, 2011

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Law and Policy News

On the Bench

Senate Confirms McConnell, Overcoming Filibuster Threats


The Senate confirmed long-delayed judicial nominee John J. McConnell Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island by a vote of 50-44, after voting to invoke cloture and end debate on his nomination, which Politico called a “major victory” for Senate Democrats. Eleven Republicans joined with all of the Democrats to invoke cloture, bringing an end to filibuster threats by Senator John Cornyn, and forcing the confirmation vote on McConnell, who was first nominated by Obama in March 2010. Senator Patrick Leahy decried the politicization of McConnell’s nomination and those of other district court nominees in a detailed statement tracing the Senate tradition of deferring to the president’s district court nominees. The Senate also unanimously confirmed two other district court nominees: Roy ‘Skip’ Dalton Jr., to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and Kevin Hunter Sharp to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. “With cooperation from both sides of the aisle, the Senate could consider the additional 13 judicial nominees ready for final Senate action,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy in a statement.


Obama Submits New Nominee for Second Circuit; Nominates Six to District Courts Obama nominated federal district court Judge Christopher F. Droney to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, The Hartford Courant reports. The president previously nominated U.S. District Court Judge Robert N. Chatigny to fill the vacancy, but that nomination was withdrawn following protracted Republican obstructionism. “Droney is not expected to encounter any of the political opposition that sunk Chatigny's confirmation in the U.S. in the Senate,” The Courant reports. President Obama also nominated six others to district court seats, whose bios are available here.

Civil Liberties and National Security 

Wikileaks Dump Leads to Comprehensive List of Guantanamo Detainees


Using the latest batch of military-intelligence files released by WikiLeaks, combined with public documents and interviews with lawyers and other U.S. officials, McClatchy released a comprehensive list of the 172 men still held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the Miami Herald reports. An Obama administration task force designated 89 of the detainees for release or transfer to another country, although all remain at the facility “thanks to a combination of recent congressional legislation that restricts transfers and administration concerns that their nations might abuse or not monitor them.” Twenty-nine of the current detainees have sued for their release in federal court, 11 have won their cases, and with the exception of the case of five Uighur detainees from China, all of those decisions have been appealed by the government. Forty-seven detainees have been designated for indefinite detention without trial.


Osama bin Laden’s Death and the Issue of Interrogation

One consequence of Osama bin Laden’s killing by U.S. forces in Pakistan is a revival of the debate over whether “enhanced interrogation techniques” are “a valuable tool or an unnecessarily violent tactic.” In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former DOJ official John Yoo writes that Bin Laden’s death “vindicates the Bush administration,” while The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan takes on the arguments that torture of certain detainees in U.S. custody helped lead the CIA to the Pakistani compound where Bin Laden had been living, noting, “There is no evidence that it played any part whatsoever." In The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen proposes, “If our nation's torture apologists still really want to fight this fight again they should do so for real and not via the media” by asking the president to appoint a Truth Commission on Torture. Writing in Politico, American University law professor and regular ACS contributor William Yeomans says President Obama "has nobody to blame but himself" for this "diversion," a result of his "failing to investigate and hold to account those who tortured." CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin highlights five challenges that the U.S. would have faced if they had captured Bin Laden alive, something Yoo in his op-ed suggests would have been preferable. In Slate, Dahlia Lithwick summarizes the arguments of those arguing that these techniques served a purpose as, “We tortured people. Later, we caught Bin Laden. Ergo, torture works.”

Supreme Court 

Court Set to Decide Whether to Hear Convicted Man’s Wrongful Conviction Claim

The justices are set to decide whether to hear an appeal of a man convicted of a murder in New York who argued that his attorneys “badly bungled his alibi defense,” The New York Times reports. Richard Rosairo, convicted of murder, says his court-appointed attorneys failed to properly use eyewitnesses who said he was in Florida at the time of the murder. “The question of what may be expected of lawyers in terms of rudimentary competence has lately been high on the court’s agenda,” The Times notes.


Justices Decline High School Cheerleader’s Case over Refusal to Cheer Team Player Accused of Assault


The Supreme Court declined to review a case involving a high school student’s claim of a constitutional violation after Texas high school officials removed her from the cheerleading squad for her refusal to cheer for a basketball player she accused of sexually assaulting her, Education Week reports. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled last year that the high school had not violated the constitutional rights of the student, identified in court records as H.S. “In her capacity as a cheerleader, H.S. served as a mouthpiece through which [the school district] could disseminate speech – namely, support for its athletic teams,” the appeals court found in Doe v. Silsbee Independent School District.


Justice Stevens Critiques Recent High Court Opinion on Prosecutorial Misconduct


Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens criticized the Court’s recent opinion in Connick v. Thompson, which nullified a multi-million dollar jury verdict in favor of a Louisiana death row inmate. Prior to an event honoring the former justice, Stevens “highlighted what he said were the ‘shocking facts’ of the case, which pointed to prosecutorial misconduct well beyond a single act – including concealment of blood evidence and of conflicting police reports,” The Blog of Legal Times reports. In a recent guest post for ACSblog, John Hollway, co-author of a book on the inmate’s legal “odyssey,” criticized the majority opinion for “limiting the ability of Americans to hold elected officials – specifically, the District Attorneys’ offices – accountable for repeated and blatant prosecutorial misconduct that results in the unjust imprisonment of innocent men and women.” Separately, in a “rare interview” with The Atlantic, Stevens discussed a book he is writing.


Sotomayor Discusses Career Challenges at Princeton Event


Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a Princeton alumna, discussed her career path at a university conference, noting that she had experienced discrimination in the legal profession, The Daily Princetonian reports. “It takes both yourself and people around you to support breaking those barriers down,” Sotomayor said.  

Executive Branch and Government Agencies 

Holder Defends Agency’s Gun Smuggling Investigation


U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder challenged Rep. Darrell Issa’s questioning of whether a federal government investigation of gun smuggling wound up placing firearms in the possession of Mexican drug cartels, the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News reports. During a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Issa asked whether the federal government was responsible for allowing guns to fall into the hands of smugglers who then killed Americans, citing a 2010 incident involving the murder of a border patrol in Arizona. The Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) bureau in charge of the operation as part of its gun smuggling investigation says the murder weapon found near the border patrol agent was not part of its operation. Holder said, “The notion that somehow or other the Justice Department is responsible for those deaths that you mentioned, that assertion is offensive.” Holder will be the opening gala banquet speaker at the Tenth Anniversary ACS National Convention.


Solicitor General Nominee Says Politics Won’t Play a Part in His Job


The Obama administration’s nominee to be the next solicitor general says he would leave his position if the administration were to pressure him to take positions “based on partisan political considerations or other illegitimate reasons,” The Blog of Legal Times reports. Donald Verrilli’s statement was made in written responses to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Ranking Member, Sen. Charles Grassley.

Settlements Reached to Make Online Law School Application Process Accessible to Blind

The Law School Admissions Council has agreed to make accessible to the blind its online application website, which is used by almost all American law schools, The National Law Journal reports. The agreement is part of a settlement with the National Federation of the Blind, with help from the Department of Justice in ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The DOJ entered into a separate settlement agreement with Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, which provides that the law school will post a procedure for blind applicants, and will stop using the LSAC application process if LSAC’s online application is not fully accessible by fall 2012. The DOJ is working with other law schools to reach similar agreements.

Other Courts

Ninth Circuit Expands Gun Rights


In what SCOTUSblog calls “an important sequel to the Supreme Court’s two decisions on the right to have a gun,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declared in a 2-1 ruling that gun regulation laws will be struck down if they impose “a substantial burden” on the right to have a gun for self-defense, making it easier for gun owners to challenge regulation of gun rights outside the home. The ruling comes in the Nordyke, et. Al v. King, et. Al., a case that challenged an Alameda County ordinance barring guns on county property and that has been making its way through the courts for the past 12 years.


Suit Filed to Block Utah Immigration Law


Arguing that it is unconstitutional and will foster racial profiling, several civil rights groups filed a lawsuit to block HB497, a Utah enforcement-only immigration law that is due to take effect next week, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The bill was originally based on Arizona’s controversial SB1070, but was adjusted during a legislative session in an attempt to avoid the lawsuits that the Arizona law provoked. The Utah suit alleges that the state law interferes with the federal government’s role in overseeing immigration law, violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable search and seizure, encourages racial profiling, and puts an undue burden on local police.


Federal Court Rules Florida Minimum Wage Must Rise


A Florida judge ruled that the state violated its constitution when it failed to raise the minimum wage in 2011, because the state constitution does not permit the wage to be decreased when the cost of living falls, reports the Orlando Sentinel. "This ruling is a victory for Florida's working families and for the voters, who decided back in 2004 that the minimum wage needs to keep pace with the rising cost of necessities like groceries and gas," said National Employment Law Project attorney Paul Sonn. The newspaper notes that “the war may not be over,” given that two bills currently before the Florida legislature would allow the state to decrease the “base” minimum wage if deflation occurs.


Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Stem Cell Research


Scientists hailed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s reversal of a decision that temporarily halted funding of research using human embryonic stem cells as a “victory for medical progress,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Last year, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth blocked funding for new research grants, arguing that it violated a congressional ban on using federal money for research in “which embryos are destroyed,” though the appeals court blocked Judge Lamberth’s injunction while it considered the appeal. On ACSblog, Professor Hank Greely of Stanford University calls it “a good day for embryonic stem cell research” and “also a good day for the law” given that the decision to reverse Lamberth’s injunction was made by judges appointed by conservative Republican presidents. 

Law and Public Policy 

Texas Man Executed Using Animal Sedative


Texas for the first time used a sedative common in euthanizing animals to perform a lethal injection, The Wall Street Journal reports. The execution came following a failed appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, in which Cary Kerr, who was convicted in 2003 of sexual assault and murder, alleged that his lawyers had failed to present mitigating circumstances. Texas is the third state to use pentobarbital in an execution, following a nationwide shortage of thiopental sodium, more commonly used in executions. During his final statement, Kerr said “I am an innocent man,” the Daily Mail reports.


Gov. Daniels Says He’ll Sign Bill to Cut All Planned Parenthood Funds

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, a likely Republican presidential candidate, says he plans to sign a bill cutting off federal funds to all 28 Planned Parenthood clinics in his state, only four of which offer abortions, the Los Angeles Times reports. There does not appear to be an “obvious remedy” for the federal government, other than punishing the state by cutting off all Medicaid funds, but that would harm low-income residents, explained Sara Rosenbaum, who wrote an ACSblog guest post about the Affordable Care Act and the poor earlier this year. New York Times columnist Gail Collins offers further comment.


A “Turning Point” for Same-Sex Marriage?


To many, the recent controversy over law firm King & Spalding’s decision to withdraw from the defense of the Defense of Marriage Act represents “a turning point in the debate — the moment at which opposition to same-sex marriage came to look like bigotry,” writes Adam Liptak in The New York Times. University of Minnesota Law Professor Dale Carpenter makes a similar point in an op-ed entitled “How the Law Accepted Gays.” Following King & Spalding’s decision not to represent the House of Representatives in the case, two major conservative clients ended their relationship with the firm: the National Rifle Association and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, The Blog of Legal Times reports. The NRA called the firm’s decision “indefensible.”


Study Reveals Need for Legal Representation for Immigrants


Immigrants with legal representation in deportation cases are at least five times as likely to win their cases as those without representation, but in New York, only 40 percent of detained immigrants have lawyers, according to a study released this week by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge Robert A. Katzmann, who has coordinated a research group on this topic, The New York Times reports. About 200 legal and policy leaders gathered this week to discuss the problem, with a keynote address by Justice John Paul Stevens, who said, “[t]he need for legal representation for immigrants is really acute.”


A Caution to Prospective Law Students on Merit Scholarships


A New York Times report on law school scholarships reveals the risk many law students may face in attending schools where their scholarships are tied to grade point average requirements. As American law schools have “quietly gone on a giveaway binge in the last decade,” with more than one in four law students now receiving a scholarship, many students will inevitably lose those grants, because grading curves at some schools  make it mathematically impossible for all of those who receive scholarships to keep them, the article explains.


Health Care Update


Both the Florida Senate and House of Representatives have approved a measure that would prohibit state residents from being compelled to buy health insurance, Legal Newsline reports. North Dakota passed a similar provision, declaring any requirement to purchase health insurance unenforceable in the state, LifeSiteNews reports. The Heritage Foundation’s blog points out that the bill was softened from its original form, which aimed to nullify the Affordable Care Act. In a column in Slate, Senior Citizens Law Center Public Policy Counsel Simon Lazarus, the author of two ACS Issue Briefs on the topic, explains that Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Roadmap to America’s Future” contains provisions that would pressure people to purchase health insurance just as much as the Affordable Care Act does. The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein elaborates. For a complete update of of articles, videos, and other information about the Affordable Care Act and challenges to it, visit the ACS Affordable Care Act (ACA) web page

Up Front: 
ACS News and Information


Member News Bites


  • American University Professor and regular ACS contributor William Yeomans weighed in on the debate about the impact that torture had on the killing of Osama bin Laden in a column in Politico, criticizing President Obama for failing to investigate and hold torturers accountable.
  • Hazeen Ashby, Senior Policy Counsel for Third Way’s Culture Program and former ACS Associate Director for Student Chapters, suggests looking to Canada’s immigration policy, which links immigration to economic growth, to “make progress in overcoming the persistent and escalating division in our immigration debate” in an article in The Huffington Post.  
  •  In an article for Slate, Simon Lazarus, National Senior Citizens Law Center public policy counsel and author of two ACS Issue Briefs examining the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, argues that Rep. Paul Ryan’s so-called “Roadmap to Prosperity” contains elements essentially identical to the ACA’s individual coverage provision. The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein summarizes and expands on Lazarus’s article.
  •  Brandon Garrett, a law professor at the University of Virginia and a frequent ACS contributor, comments on the use of DNA evidence to identify Osama bin Laden’s body in an article on ABC News.
  • Jeffrey Rosen, a professor at George Washington University Law School and regular ACS event participant, authored a paper for the Brookings Institution’s “The Future of the Constitution Series” on Facebook, Google, and the future of privacy and free speech.
  •  Lisa Hayes, ACS’s Development Director and General Counsel, spoke at an Earth Day event that was covered by the Justice Department’s blog.


Our Thoughts Go Out to Our University of Alabama Chapter

As many of you are aware, Tuscaloosa experienced a devastating tornado recently, affecting, among others, our University of Alabama chapter leaders and members.  Thankfully, they are all safe, but continue to feel the impact.  Karthik Subramanian, the chapter President and the only chapter leader with an undamaged home, is currently hosting the other chapter leaders, as well as many others in the community.  If you would like to help the ACS University of Alabama community, please reach out directly to Karthik at

2011 Annual Membership Renewal


Click here to renew your 2011 Annual Membership with ACS today. Because of the support of our members, ACS has rapidly grown into a formidable nationwide network of more than 17,000 members and 200 chapters, working together to ensure that the law is being used to improve the lives of all people.

ACS Announces Second Annual Constitutional Video Contest


ACS is now accepting submissions for the second annual ACS video contest, "Constitution at the Crossroads: Progress Imperiled?"  We invite ACS members and other creative progressives to produce a short (four minutes or less) digital video that illuminates the Constitution's long and evolving tradition of protecting rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. Videos can be humorous, dramatic, historic, documentary-style, animated, musical, scripted, free-form, or narrated. First prize is $1,500 and free registration to the ACS Tenth Anniversary National Convention June 16 - 18 in Washington, D.C. The second-place entrant will receive a $250 prize. The deadline for entries is May 31, 2011.  For more information about the contest, complete rules, and last year's winning videos, click here. A flier about the contest for distribution is available here.

National Job Listings & Other Resources for ACS Members

ACS is pleased to announce the launch of a
new members-only section on our redesigned website. Members who are current on their dues can view a progressive job bank, take action on legal and public policy issues and chat with other members. If you do not have log-in information, please email and we will enable access to your account.  Please allow 1-2 business days for processing.

ACS to Honor Progressive Champions at Tenth Anniversary National Convention

Please join Laleh Ispahani, John Kowal and Gara LaMarche to honor and celebrate the work and accomplishments of Progressive Champions Atlantic Philanthropies and the Open Society Foundationat the 2010 Annual ConventionACS is delighted to be presenting these distinguished guests and valued partners with the Progressive Champions award during the convention on Friday, June 17.   

The full schedule for the 10th Anniversary National Convention is available here. Please check our official convention page weekly for updates. Early bird registration ends this month so register now and reserve your hotel room with the early-bird discounted ACS rate at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC


This year's convention festivities will begin on the afternoon of Thursday, June 16, with the national moot court championship, panel discussion on alternative careers for lawyers, and the Gala banquet and dinner with Attorney General Eric Holder.  ACS is pleased to announce that panel discussions and plenary sessions offering continuing legal education credit will be available all day Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, with the Convention formally concluding with a Saturday luncheon.  Later that day, there will be the ACS Student Retreat, followed by intimate mentor dinners with prominent Washington lawyers, as well as an opportunity for convention attendees to join other ACS members at the pre-Broadway premiere of A Time to Kill. The lawyer chapter with the most paying registrants at the Convention will win a grand prize!  For more information, please click hereACS thanks its early 10th Anniversary sponsors.  If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Lisa Hayes at

Student Chapter of the Week: Howard University


The Howard Law chapter has had an extremely productive year. The fall semester began with a Constitution Day presentation by former solicitor general Walter Dellinger. The chapter then hosted a panel discussion on CLS v. Martinez, featuring Kim Colby, General Counsel, Christian Legal Society; Bradley Klein, Associate Attorney, Skadden, Arps; and Sherman Rogers, Professor of Law, Howard University. Members also gathered for a brownbag lunch discussion on The Constitution in 2020 and an immigration policy discussion. During the spring semester, the chapter held a successful brown bag lunch series which delved into several issues including Racial Identity in 2020 and U.S. Drug Policy, featuring Aderson Francois, Professor of Law, Howard University. This spring, the chapter hosted the panel discussion, "How to Become a Judge," featuring the Honorable David Tatel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the Honorable Paul Friedman, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and Howard Law Professor Patricia Worthy. Recently, the chapter hosted a "Progressive Student Networking Event" with other progressive law students and lawyers in the D.C. area. The chapter has elected a new e-board and it is excited to continue to host dynamic and intellectually engaging programming in the upcoming academic year, and to be engaged in the upcoming National Convention.

BookTalk a blog post about her new book, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power, Wayne State University history professor Danielle McGuire tells the story of Recy Taylor, “the civil rights heroine you’ve never heard of.”

ACSblog Highlights

  • In an ACSblog debate, Richard Zitrin of the of California, Hastings College of Law argues for the adoption of the “Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2011,” which requires that information exchanged in the discovery process not be “secretized” when the information in question endangers public health and safety, while ABA President Stephen N. Zack argues that the Sunshine in Litigation Act would narrow access to the courts, a point reiterated in a letter from the ABA to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Professor Zitrin responds.
  • Hank Greely, a professor of law and genetics at Stanford University, considers the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision to reverse the preliminary injunction against federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research, calling it not only a good day for research but also a “good day for the law.”
  • Rochelle Bobroff, the directing attorney of the Herbert Semmel Federal Rights Project at the National Senior Citizens Law Center, argues that the majority’s methods in the Supreme Court case AT&T v. Concepcion deserve closer scrutiny for their selective reading of the Federal Arbitration Act’s text.

ACS National and Chapter Events

·         DC Circuit


"Board of Directors Election & Happy Hour."  Click here for more information.



"May Brown Bag Lunch Discussion" featuring Thomas A. Daschle, Former Senate Majority Leader, United States Senate; Senior Policy Advisor; DLA Piper; Author, Getting it Done. RSVP here.


·         1st Circuit



"Taking a Closer Look at the New Airport Body Scanners: Increased National Security or Unnecessary Invasion of Privacy?" featuring Melissa C. Allison, Partner, Anderson & Krieger LLP; Dennis Cronin, New England Regional Counsel, Transportation Security Administration, United States Department of Homeland Security; John Reinstein, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts; Adjunct Professor, Suffolk University Law School and moderated by Robert A. Whitney, Counsel, White and Williams LLP. RSVP here.



"Why Health is Different: Health Care Reform at the State and Federal Level," featuring Michael Dukakis, 1988, Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States, Massachusetts Governor 1975-1979 and 1983-1991; Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University; Member, Board of Advisors, American Constitution Society Boston Lawyer Chapter; Lawrence M. Friedman, Professor of Law, New England School of Law; Member, Board of Advisors,American Constitution Society Boston Lawyer Chapter; Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Executive Director, Health Care For All and moderated by Dan Urman, Academic Director and Lecturer, Northeastern University. RSVP here



·         2nd Circuit



 "Access to Justice Forum," featuring Leo Strine, Jr., Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery. RSVP and pay online by Tuesday, May 10, 2011. RSVP here.



"Citizens United and the Role of Campaign Financing on Judicial Elections," featuring Hugh Caperton, Plaintiff, Caperton v. Massey; Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor and Legal Correspondent,; The Honorable Marsha Ternus, Former Chief Justice, Iowa Supreme Court and moderated by Victor Kovner, Partner, David Wright Tremaine LLP; Chair, The Fund for Modern Courts. Co-sponsored by The Brennan Center for Justice and The Fund for Modern Courts. RSVP here.



"Public Debate on the Question: Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act Constitutional?" featuring Frank Housh, Attorney, The Law Offices of Frank Housh; Co-chair, Western New York Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society; Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies and Editor-in-Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review, Cato Institute and moderated by The Honorable (ret.) Richard D. Rosenbloom, Former Justice, New York Supreme Court; Senior Counsel, Boylan Brown.  Co-sponsored by the Rochester Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. RSVP here.


·         3rd Circuit


"Constitutional Challenges to the Affordable Care Act," featuring Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center.  RSVP here


·         4th Circuit


"The Dynamics of the Marriage Equality Debate in Maryland," featuring The Honorable Keiffer Jackson Mitchell Jr., Delegate, District 44, Baltimore City, Maryland House of Delegates and Maya Rupert, Federal Policy Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights. RSVP here.


·         6th Circuit

"Ohio's Senate Bill 5: Looking Backward While Looking Forward," featuring Sandy McNair, Partner, Schwarzwald McNair & Fusco LLP; Board of Advisors, American Constitution Society Northeast Ohio Chapter. RSVP here.

·         7th Circuit

May 10
: Chicago Lawyer Chapter

"Representing Clients in a Grand Jury Investigation Involving Political Conduct," featuring Michael Deutsch, Attorney, The People's Law Office; Bernardine Dohrn, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Immediate Past Director, Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University School of Law; Susan Gzesh, Executive Director, Human Rights Program, The University of Chicago; Aziz Huq, Assistant Professor of Law, The University of Chicago Law School; Standish E. Willis, Attorney, Law Office of Standish E. Willis, Ltd. Co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU of Illinois, the National Conference of Black Lawyers and Council American-Islamic Relations-Chicago. CLE available. RSVP here.

May 11
: Milwaukee Lawyer Chapter

"Ten Years after 9/11," featuring Michael Ratner, President, Center for Constitutional Rights. Co-sponsored by Progressive Students of Milwaukee, National Lawyers Guild Milwaukee Chapter, Jews for Justice at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and Peace Action Wisconsin present. RSVP here.

June 29: Chicago Lawyer Chapter 

"2011 Chicago Legal Legends Luncheon," featuring a keynote address by Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levin Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago Law School; Chair, American Constitution Society Board of Directors and honoring the 2011 Chicago Legal Legends and the 2011 recipient of the Ruth Goldman Award.  RSVP here.

·         9th Circuit



"California's Prison Crowding Crisis," featuring Wendy Still, Chief Adult Probation Officer, City and County of San Francisco; Senate Appointed California Rehabilitation Oversight Board Member for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Former Director of Rehabilitation for the California Federal Medical Prison Receiver; Associate Director, Female Offender Programs and Services; Jeanne Woodford, Senior Fellow, Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice; Former Acting Secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Warden, San Quentin State Prison; Chief Adult Probation Officer, City and County of San Francisco; and an introduction by Rebekah Evenson, Staff Attorney, Prison Law Office; Counsel, Schwarzenegger v. Plata. CLE available. RSVP here.



"Lions of the Bar Debate: Civil Right to Counsel," featuring James J. Brosnahan, Senior Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP and Lawrence J. Siskind, Partner, Harvey Siskind LLP. Co-sponsored by the Bar Association of San Francisco's Right To Counsel Committee and Morrison & Foerster LLP. RSVP here.

“A Conversation with Judge Nancy Gertner,” featuring the Honorable Nancy Gertner, U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. Click here.


“A Conversation with Linda Greenhouse,” featuring Linda Greenhouse, Professor of Law, Yale Law School. Click here.


“A Conversation with Judge Gerald E. Lynch,” featuring the Honorable Gerald E. Lynch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Click here.

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