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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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  • Foreign Influence and the Presidency

     
    On Tuesday, Jan. 24, ACS hosted a briefing call featuring Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School; Deepak Gupta, appellate advocate and principal at Gupta Wessler PLLC and Joshua Matz associate at Robbins Russell LLP. These three leading lawyers discussed the lawsuit alleging that Trump is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments. The participants addressed the following questions:
    • What are "emoluments" and is Trump receiving them?
    • Is this a political question? Are there jurisdictional questions?
    • Who has standing to bring cases in regards to a violation of the Emoluments Clause?
    • What is the remedy?

    Featured Speakers:
    Caroline Fredrickson, ACS president, moderator
    Deepak Gupta, partner, Gupta Wessler PLLC
    Joshua Matz, associate, Robbins Russell LLP
    Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard Law School
     

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