Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Two Upcoming Events

The MULS Chapter of the Federalist Society will be sponsoring two interesting events in the near future.
Using Race As A Factor In Grade School Student Placement?
Join Prof. Moss and Prof. Michael Krauss of George Mason Law School for discussion about two recently heard U.S. Supreme Court cases: Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education.

Thursday March 22, Room 325 at 12:15 p.m.
Questions contact
Sponsored by the Federalist Society.

"Meredith sued the Jefferson County Board of Education for an injunction barring the use of its system for admitting students to all of its schools. For twenty-five years, the Board maintained an integrated school system under a 1975 federal court decree. After being released from that decree in 2000, the Board developed a school assignment plan to maintain integrated schools. The plaintiffs in this case, who include students and their parents, argue that the Board's student assignment plan violates their rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the United States. The 2001 Plan requires each school to have an enrollment of black students between 15% and 50% of the school population. Besides race, placement is determined by factors such as place of residence, school capacity, program popularity, random draw, and the student's choice." Supreme Court Online, Duke Univ.
Originalism and Formalism in Criminal Procedure: The Triumph of Justice Scalia, the Unlikely Friend of Criminal Defendants?
In two recent lines of cases, governing the admissibility of hearsay in criminal trials and judicial fact-finding at sentencing, Justice Scalia has driven major new pro-defendant doctrines in criminal procedure. Though he is normally thought of as hostile to criminal defendants, he justifies these doctrines based on originalism and formalism. What do these doctrines mean? To what extent has the rest of the Court bought into them? And are these developments that those sympathetic to Federalist Society principles should embrace?

Featured speaker is Professor Stephanos Bibas, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Lunch is provided.
RSVP to Andrew Hitt (

Sponsored by the Federalist Society.

Friday, April 13, 2007
Room TBA
We hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Symposium, Immigration, Judicial Activism

It's been a very busy time for the MULS chapter of the Federalist Society. Thanks to everyone who came to the Student Symposium last weekend. We had 13 students from MULS in attendance. That's pretty impressive. I hope that the chapter can continue sending large groups of students to represent us every year.

Thanks to everyone who attended our Immigration policy discussion on Tuesday. There were other events at the law school that you could have attended, and we're glad that you chose ours. A special thanks goes out to Professors Stock and Fallone for participating. Their views and comments were insightful and provacative.

Next week, the Federalist Society will be sponsoring another event...
"Judicial Activism": Is it a reality or an empty epithet?

Join Prof. Moss & Ed Whelan, of the Ethics & Public Policy Center for a debate on Judicial Activism.
What does Judicial Activism mean & how does it tie into broader debates over constitutional interpretation?
Wed. March 7th, Room 245 at 5:00 p.m.
Food will be provided
Many of you may know Ed Whelan from the National Review Online's Bench Memos blog. I'm sure that he and Prof. Moss will have a lively and interesting discussion about "judicial activism." We hope to see you there!