Podcasts

  • ACS Webinar: What's Next: The Pence/Kobach "Election Integrity" Commission

    On Monday July 17 ACS hosted a webinar providing an overview of the actions of President Trump's "election integrity" commission. Experts discuss responses by the states, voting rights advocates and the larger context for this dispute.

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  • ACS Webinar: What's Next? The Supreme Court and the Travel Ban

    The Supreme Court announced on June 26 that it will consider the legality of President Trump’s executive orders barring admission into the United States from certain predominantly Muslim countries, suspending refugee admissions, and barring any entry by Syrian refugees. Since the issuance of the orders, a number of lawsuits have been filed challenging them on various grounds and federal circuit courts have thus far ruled in favor of the challengers.

    On June 27, ACS hosted a webinar that provided an overview of the questions before the Court, the status of the circuit court injunctions, what the government’s response has been thus far, and the larger legal context for this dispute. 

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

    Featured Speakers:
    Leah Litman, assistant professor of law, University of California, Irvine School of Law
    Cecillia Wang, deputy legal director, ACLU

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  • ACS Briefing Call: DC and Maryland v. Trump

    On June 12, DC Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh filed suit against President Donald Trump for violations of the Constitution’s Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses. The suit alleges that the president has not properly distanced himself from the Trump Organization and its various holdings, and has used his position to benefit the Organization. According to the Complaint, Maryland and DC have suffered proprietary and financial harms as a result of the president’s business entanglements.

    On June 14, the American Constitution Society hosted a discussion with DC Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, who discussed their case, and Fordham Law Professor Jed Shugerman, an expert on the Emoluments Clause who put the case in context.

    Featured Speakers:

    • Caroline Fredrickson, president, American Constitution Society, Moderator
    • Karl Racine, Washington, DC attorney general
    • Brian Frosh, Maryland attorney general
    • Jed Shugerman, professor, Fordham University School of Law

     

     

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  • 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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