Podcasts

  • Democracy at Risk: The Judicial Nominations Process

     

    December 7, 2017

    To date, the Senate has confirmed 16 lifetime appointments to the federal bench. Along the way, the Senate Majority has compromised longstanding advice and consent norms, including respect for blue slips, stacking confirmation hearings, and lack of thorough vetting of the significant number of nominees. 
     
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    ACS President Caroline Fredrickson (moderator)
    Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), who serves as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee
    Susan Davies, former Deputy Counsel to President Obama
     
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  • The Administration’s “Religious Liberty” Guidance and What It Means for Everybody’s Freedom

     

    November 16, 2017

    On October 6, Attorney General Sessions issued a guidance regarding “Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty,” which declared as its central instruction that “to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law, religious observance and practice should be reasonably accommodated in all government activity.…” But what is “practicable and permitted by law,” what is reasonable accommodation, and how broadly might the guidance sweep? As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear oral argument in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case on December 5, our panel discussed what are and should be the boundaries of religious exemptions and the potential impact of the October guidance.
     
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    Gretchen Borchelt, Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center, Frederick Gedicks, Guy Anderson Chair and Professor of Law at BYU Law, and Susan Sommer, Associate Legal Director and Director of Constitutional Litigation for Lambda Legal.
     
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  • Focus on the States: The 2018 Legislative Session and the Troubling Turn in State Preemption

    November 14, 2017
     
    Sanctuary cities, gun violence prevention, and LGBTQ equality are just a few examples of the potential importance of local lawmaking and how it can impact people’s lives for the better or worse. What state legislative trends should we be on the lookout for in 2018? And how can blue cities in red states push back against state preemption efforts that seek to block local progressive lawmaking? Join ACS for a briefing call with Nestor Davidson, Albert A. Walsh Chair in Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law, Faculty Director of the Urban Law Center at Fordham Law, and co-author of the ACS Issue Brief The Troubling Turn in State Preemption: The Assault on Progressive Cities and How Cities Can Respond, and Sam Munger, Director of Strategic Engagement and Senior Advisor at the State Innovation Exchange (SiX).
     
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  • Surviving Law School Conference Call

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  • Inside the Russia Investigations: How Congress and the Special Counsel Work in Parallel

    This event, hosted by the ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter and ACS DePaul University College of Law Student Chapter, explores the Russia investigations that are being conducted independently by Congress and by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Congressman Mike Quigley, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, is interviewed by former federal prosecutor, MSNBC Contributor, and ACS Chicago Board Member Renato Mariotti about the role of the Congressional investigation and the current status of the investigation.  Afterward, Renato discusses about the latest developments in the Mueller investigation and take questions from the audience.
     
    Renato Mariotti is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP. Before he joined Thompson Coburn, he was a federal prosecutor in Chicago for over nine years, where he prosecuted white collar crime, including tax fraud and cybercrime. He is a legal analyst on television and in print, most frequently for MSNBC. 
     
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