ACS Chicago: The First Amendment & The Trump Era

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Texas v. Johnson (1989), which established burning the American flag in protest as constitutionally protected speech under the First Amendment. Please join The John Marshall Law School Student Chapter and Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society for an interactive panel to discuss the dangers of xenophobia, forced patriotism, and the silencing of political dissenters in 2019.


Gregory Johnson, Defendant, Texas v. Johnson

Ann Lousin, Professor, The John Marshall Law School

Food and beverages will be provided.

Native American Law Society Panel

Topic of the event: the landmark property case Johnson v. M'Intosh and it's impact. The disturbing majority opinion on this case was written by John Marshall, the namesake of this law school. The panel will be asked to discuss the severe and inequitable ramifications of this case from a social, legal, and historical standpoint. 


Professor Kades, who has written extensively on this topic

Professor McSweeney, to take on the legal history aspect

Dr. Moretti-Langholtz, Director of the American Indian Resource Center and Anthropology professor at William & Mary

Dr. Spivey, PhD in anthropology from W&M, and W&M's tribal liaison with the Pamunkey Tribe

Losing Liberty: The Siege on Reproductive Rights and a Woman's Right to Choose

This event will be focused on both the religious and political climate surrounding the abortion debate in Ohio (re: the "heartbeat bill") and nationally. We will also be discussing how that climate has affected the ability of women to access adequate healthcare. Our confirmed panelists are Dr. Catherine E. Romanos, an abortion provider, and Rev. Laura Young.

Lunch Talk with Eric J. Segall

Eric J. Segall will be speaking to the Loyola ACS chapter over lunch about his book, Originalism as Faith.

Segall teaches federal courts and constitutional law I and II. He is the author of the books Originalism as Faith and Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court is not a Court and its Justices are not Judges. His articles on constitutional law have appeared in, among others, the Harvard Law Review Forum, the Stanford Law Review On Line, the UCLA Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, and Constitutional Commentary among many others.

Segall’s op-eds and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the LA Times, The Atlantic, SLATE, Vox, Salon, and the Daily Beast, among others. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and France 24. He appears regularly on the national XM Radio show StandUp with Pete Dominick talking about the Supreme Court and constitutional law.