Podcasts

  • ACS Briefing Call: The Fallout from the Comey Dismissal

    On May 9, President Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey, the leading investigator into whether the president's campaign advisers violated the law by working with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election. Coming six years before the end of Comey’s ten-year term, the termination raises serious questions about whether the Administration is interfering in the investigation. 

    On May 11, ACS hosted a briefing call that considered the following questions:

    • What are the legal and policy implications of Comey's dismissal? 
    • Is appointing a special prosecutor or establishing an independent commission the next step?
    • What should be the consequences of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' involvement in the dismissal after he recused himself from any involvement in the investigation due to misrepresentations he made to Congress regarding his communications with the Russian government?

    Featured Speakers:

    • Caroline Fredrickson, president, American Constitution Society, Moderator
    • Stephen Vladeck, professor of law, University of Texas School of Law
    • Barbara McQuade, professor from practice, University of Michigan Law School; former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • Richard Painter, S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota Law School; former associate counsel and chief ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush

     

     

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  • A Briefing Call on San Francisco v. Trump: The Legality of Sanctuary Cities

     
    On Jan. 31, the San Francisco City Attorney filed suit in federal court alleging the Trump Administration's Jan. 25 executive order announcing its intention to withhold federal funds from sancturary cities violates the Tenth Amendment and seeking a declaration that San Francisco is in compliance with federal immigration law. On April 19, Pratheepan Gulasekaram, professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law and Mollie Lee, deputy city attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, joined ACS for a briefing call during which they discussed the litigation and the underlying federalism principles. 
     
    Featured Speakers:
    • Kara Stein, vice president of policy development and programming at ACS, Welcome
    • Pratheepan Gulasekaram, professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law
    • Mollie Lee, deputy city attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office

     

     

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  • What's Next? The Revised Travel Ban

     
    On March 8, ACS hosted a briefing call on the Trump Administration's second travel ban that purports to cure the defects of the first. After the first travel ban was rebuffed by federal courts in its attempt to restrict refugee admissions and travel from designated Muslim-majority nations, the ACS briefing call looked to answer the following questions. How do the two executive orders differ? Are those differences constitutionally and legally significant? And what have we learned in recent weeks about the implementation challenges raised by such orders?
     
    Featured Speakers:

    Adam Winkler, Professor of Law, UCLA Law School; ACS Board of Directors, Moderator
    Anil Kalhan, Associate Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
    Dr. Stephen Legomsky, John S. Lehmann University Professor Emeritus, Washington University Law School;Former Chief Counsel, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (2011-2013) 

     

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  • What's Next? The President's Supreme Court Nominee

     
    On Jan. 31, President Trump announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court. Gorsuch will fill a seat left vacant for almost one year by the Senate majority’s obstructionism. The confirmation process is almost certain to be contentious.
     
    On Feb. 1, 2017 ACS convened prominent legal scholars to speak about Judge Gorsuch's nomination. The speakers addressed the following questions:  
     
    • By releasing a list of 21 potential Supreme Court candidates during the 2016 campaign, has President Trump raised concerns about the impartiality and fairness of a nominee on his list?
    • What questions should Senators ask during the confirmation process?
    • Given Trump’s statements that his nominee will overturn Roe v. Wade, what is the role of justice?
    • What is at stake for the nation?

    Featured Speakers:
    • Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society for Law & Policy, Moderator
    • Erwin Chemerinsky, ACS Board Member, Dean and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, UC Irvine School of Law
    • Melissa Murray, Interim Dean and Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law, UC Berkeley Law
    • Christopher Kang, ACS Board Member, National Director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

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  • ACS Briefing Call:What’s Next? The President’s Executive Orders on Immigration

     
    On Monday Jan. 30, Caroline Fredrickson, president, American Constitution Society; Nicholas Espiritu, staff attorney, National Immigration Law Center; and David Strauss, Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law and faculty director, Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, University of Chicago School of Law, discussed President Trump’s Executive Order barring admission into the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days, suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days, and barring any entry by Syrian refugees without time limitation. The participants addressed the following questions:
    • Are the orders constitutional?
    • On what basis did five federal judges issue stays of the orders?
    • What are the implications of reports that Customs and Borders Protection officers were not implementing those court orders?
    • What can we expect next in the litigation challenging the orders?
    • And what opportunities exist for lawyers to engage the crisis?

    Featured Speakers:       

    Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society for Law & Policy, Moderator
    Nicholas Espiritu, Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
    David Strauss, Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, University of Chicago School of Law

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