Podcasts

  • The Power to Promote Progress: Opportunities and Limits to Prosecutors Seeking Reform

    The American Constitution Society and the National Bar Association hosted a panel discussion: The Power to Promote Progress: Opportunities and Limits to Prosecutors Seeking Reform on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
     
    The panel discussed how progressive attorneys -- many of whom are men and women of color -- are seeking to leverage their roles as prosecutors to combat racial and economic disparities in the criminal justice system. The speakers explore the following questions: How can prosecutors use their discretion and influence to pursue racial and economic justice? What constraints, both legal and systemic, limit a prosecutor's ability to achieve reform? What are the ethical obligations to pursue prosecutions, even in cases where the law disparately impacts people of color or the economically vulnerable?
     
    Featuring:
     
    Ian Gershengorn, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP; former United States Solicitor General, keynote
    Roger A. Fairfax, Jr., Jeffrey and Martha Kohn Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School; former Federal Prosecutor, U.S. Department of Justice, Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division, moderator
    Aramis Ayala, State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
    Lenese Herbert, Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law; former Assistant United States Attorney, District of Columbia
    Sonja Ralston, Appellate Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division  
    Thiru Vignarajah, Partner, DLA Piper; former Deputy Attorney General, State of Maryland
     
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    All speakers represent their own interests and opinions, not those of their employers, the American Constitution Society, the National Bar Association, Jenner & Block LLP, or any other parties.

     

  • Notice and Comment Procedure: A Critical Oversight Tool

    On September 19, ACS hosted a webinar on notice and comment procedure. Whether you care about environmental regulations, conditions for millions of workers across the country, financial controls, or any number of regulatory issues, this valuable training seminar covers the basics of the process that underlies all regulatory action with two seasoned experts. Notice and comment is a key oversight tool for agency activity, particularly in the current political environment, and it's also a great way to develop knowledge in a particular area of the law. Whether you are an experienced practitioner or a law student still developing your experience, you can participate in notice and comment procedure to bring about change.

    Featuring 

    Jill Dash, American Constitution Society, moderator
    Emily Hogin, Perkins Coie
    Raj Nayak, National Employment Law Project
    Karl Sandstrom, Perkins Coie

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  • The Judiciary in Jeopardy: A Look at Judicial Nominations in the Trump Administration

    On September 6, 2017, ACS hosted a call on the current state of federal judicial nominations. The federal judiciary is instrumental in protecting our rights on issues ranging from immigration to the environment. With Republican Senators having strategically held numerous seats open during the Obama Administration, the Trump White House is now poised to fill the nearly 18 percent of Article III judgeships that remain vacant. This is an Administration that has questioned the independence of the judiciary, attacked individual judges, and is aggressively pursuing an agenda to transform the composition of the courts to regress in many areas of the law.

    Moderator:

    Lena Zwarensteyn, Director of Strategic Engagement, American Constitution Society

    Featured Speakers:

    Senator Mazie Hirono, U.S. Senator from Hawaii
    Christopher Kang, Former Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to President Barack Obama; ACS Board of Directors
    Ronald Klain, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Revolution; ACS Board of Advisors

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  • Texas vs. the DREAMers, Again

     

    On August 24, 2017, ACS hosted a call on the most recent challenge to DACA. In June 2012, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (“DACA”), which allowed qualifying young people who were brought to the United States as children to request that any removal action against them be deferred in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Subsequent programs (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) and the 2014 “expanded DACA”) were preliminarily enjoined by a Texas federal judge, whose decision was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and ultimately by an evenly divided U.S. Supreme Court. Now the Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, and 10 other state Attorneys General have written to Attorney General Sessions indicating their intent to challenge the 2012 DACA in court unless the administration agrees to rescind the program by September 5, 2017.


    Moderator:
    Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society for Law & Policy
     
    Featured Speakers:
    Lorella Praeli, ACLU Director of Immigration Policy and Campaigns
    Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar, Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Penn State Law
     
  • All the President's Men? Sessions, Mueller and the Rule of Law

    On July 31, ACS hosted a webinar discussion with experts on the implications for the rule of law of President Trump’s potentially removing Attorney General Sessions in the hopes of securing the dismissal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and ending the investigation into his campaign’s embroilment with the Russian government.

     

    Welcome:
    Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society, Moderator

    Featured Speakers:

    Ambassador Norman Eisen, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution, Special Assistant and Special Counsel to the 
    President for Ethics and Government Reform, 2009-2011
    Peter Shane, Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

     

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