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  • Trump, meeting with Federalist Society, indicates he won't veer from Supreme Court shortlists

    11/16/2016 11:53:22 AM PST · by GonzoII · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 16, 2016 | Ryan Lovelace
    President-elect Trump's advisers are indicating he will likely stick to the shortlists released during the presidential campaign when given the chance to name a Supreme Court nominee. Trump met with Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the right-leaning Federalist Society, at Trump Tower on Wednesday and discussed the evaluation process for filling the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia's death. Leo and top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway addressed reporters after the meeting, insisting Trump's list of 21 potential Court nominees has not changed.
  • Scalia Defends The Constitution, Questions The 17th Amendment

    05/14/2015 7:39:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 13, 2015 | Randy DeSoto
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reaffirmed his commitment to defending the Constitution while speaking to the Federalist Society in his home state of New Jersey on Friday. Scalia, the preeminent conservative firebrand of the court, told the audience it is the structure of the government under the Constitution and not the liberties guaranteed under the Bill of Rights that makes us free. As reported by The Daily Signal: “Every tin horn dictator in the world today, every president for life, has a Bill of Rights,” said Scalia, author of the 2012 book Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts. “That’s...
  • HuffPo Editor: Cruz Harvard Professors Were ‘In Awe Of His Intellect’ [VIDEO]

    03/24/2015 12:03:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 23, 2015 | Alex Griswold, media reporter
    In what was no doubt a rare moment for all involved, Huffington Post editorial director Howard Fineman noted on MSNBC’s “Hardball w/ Chris Matthews” that Harvard Law School professors were “in awe” of Texas Republican Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s intellect. “At Harvard Law School, he was — the professors were in awe of his intellect,” Fineman noted. “Even if they disagreed with him, which they did vehemently, these people knew that — this guy was trained under the Federalist Society second-generation Republican wave. In other words, not the Reagan years, but these years.” The rare complement from the...
  • Republicans Hand Obama an Immigration Political Triumph

    11/22/2014 2:05:11 PM PST · by aimhigh · 90 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 11/21/2014 | Jonathan Chait
    There are no serious legal questions about the administration’s plan, which will temporarily legalize the status of some 4.3 million undocumented immigrants. Even lawyers for the conservative Federalist Society concede Obama’s legal reasoning. The serious questions revolve around political norms. And conservative critics have a point that Obama is stretching norms of political behavior by enacting effective changes in the law solely on his own. Immigration law, unlike other kinds of law, is explicitly designed by Congress to delegate authority to the president. "The Immigration and Nationality Act and other laws are chock-full of huge grants of statutory authority to...
  • Sharia Law: Coming to America?

    01/08/2012 10:08:06 PM PST · by OddLane · 6 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 9, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    As those of you familiar with this website well know, Pamela Hall is not only a great photographer, videographer and documentarian, but a good friend of American Rattlesnake. And like American Rattlesnake, her websites, The Silent Majority No More and No Mosques At Ground Zero, extend political discussion into the important realm of culture. One of the more recent subjects she's explored is the intersection between a highly politicized, doctrinaire interpretation of Islam with traditional American institutions, e.g. our constitutional and common law, freedom of association and religion, and national security prerogatives. The video below is the first installment of...
  • Obamacare Dialogue And Legal Predictions From Famed D.C. Lawyer

    10/07/2011 8:16:36 AM PDT · by Martin_Schmidt · 3 replies
    Official Wire ^ | 10/6/2011 | Staff
    Is it “game over” for ObamaCare? Can ObamaCare survive scrutiny by the Supreme Court? Lawyer, writer, and former White house counsel David Rivkin will address those questions and more as the keynote speaker at a Federalist Society luncheon tomorrow in Denver, CO. David Rivkin will invite questions about the unconstitutionality of and legal challenge to ObamaCare, specifically its so-called “individual mandate” that all persons must buy health insurance or pay a fine. The Federalist Society could not have engaged a more appropriate speaker for its Colorado Lawyers Chapter. David Rivkin was the first person to question the individual mandate’s constitutionality...
  • Did Obama Overstep In Libya? Noted Lawyer David Rivkin Has Answer

    06/21/2011 8:10:33 PM PDT · by Martin_Schmidt · 11 replies
    Official Wire ^ | 06/21/2011 | Brent Baldwin
    Did Obama Overstep In Libya? Noted Lawyer David Rivkin Has Answer International law expert to host Federalist Society teleforum on Libyan debate Published on June 21, 2011 by Brent Baldwin (OfficialWire) WASHINGTON, D.C. (USA) OfficialWire PR News Bureau 1 Constitutional lawyer David Rivkin Former White House lawyer, David B. Rivkin, Jr. has written extensively about the powers granted to presidents by the U.S. Constitution. Rivkin, the lawyer who successfully initiated the constitutional debate on the 2010 Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”), has achieved renown as one of the nation’s “staunchest defenders of the Constitution.” His legal opinions stem not from a...
  • Senate president wants 17th Amendment repealed

    11/12/2010 8:31:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | November 12, 2010 | The Associated Press
    CORBIN — LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Senate President David Williams told a group of law students that state legislators, not voters, should choose members of the U.S. Senate — comments that drew a negative reaction from Kentucky’s two senators. Declaring himself “a tea partier,” Williams on Wednesday called for repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides for popular election of U.S. senators, the Lexington-Herald Leader reported. Williams is seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year.
  • 7 Ways the Koch Bros. Benefit from Corporate Welfare

    09/02/2010 7:32:44 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 29 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | Wednesday, September 01, 2010 | Yasha Levine
    Mainstream America is finally getting to know the billionaire brothers backing the libertarian movement, thanks to a pair of dueling profiles in New York and The New Yorker. Now that we've heard about their charitable giving, David's 240-foot mega-yacht and role as patrons of the Tea Party movement, it's time to ask a more serious question: How libertarian are they? The short answer...not very.Charles and David Koch, the secretive billionaire brothers who own Koch Industries, the largest private oil company in America, have spent millions bankrolling free-market think tanks and pro-business politicians in order, as David Koch has put it,...
  • Muslim Law Students’ War Against Free Speech

    03/26/2010 8:43:31 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 5 replies · 656+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Eric Giunta
    Florida State University College of Law is rather moderate as far as law schools go. Sure, nearly all the faculty are committed leftists, but they tend to be fair in their instruction, and are always willing to engage a conservative or libertarian constructively. The student body’s a mixed bag ideologically. Most of the student organizations are oriented leftward, the campus Republicans exist in name only, and the most visible, and best-attended, student organization is our chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, for which I serve as President. The Federalist Society is the nation’s premier fellowship...
  • Citizens United v. FEC - Federalist Society sponsored debate

    01/23/2010 11:19:04 AM PST · by Mercat · 9 replies · 406+ views
    The Federalist Society ^ | 1-22-2010 | Scotuscast
  • Hiring Lawyer Rejects Federalist Society Members

    12/10/2009 7:09:03 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies · 1,077+ views
    ABA Journal ^ | Dec 7, 2009 8:43 AM CST | By Debra Cassens Weiss
    A hiring lawyer from Greenwich, Conn., wrote to The Ethicist of the New York Times with this question: Is it ethical to recommend rejection of members of the Federalist Society simply because you disagree with their conservative politics? The Ethicist, Randy Cohen, said politics should not be a factor.... The lawyer, who made recommendations on summer and full-time associates, had noted the review was intended to take account of judgment and personality. The Ethicist countered that reasonable people differ over politics. “I am tempted to believe that those whose politics differ from mine lack ‘judgment and personality’ and taste in...
  • Taking on Unlikables (law firm rejects Federalist Society members for jobs)

    12/06/2009 11:56:16 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies · 1,261+ views
    New York Times ^ | Published: December 4, 2009 | By RANDY COHEN
    Believing that all the applicants were qualified, but able to hire only a few, this person recommended rejecting each member of the Federalist Society.
  • An Honest Liberal Law Professor Takes Sotomayor to Task

    07/15/2009 2:29:21 PM PDT · by CMoran325 · 4 replies · 561+ views
    Clearly Nebulous ^ | July 15, 2009 | Colette Moran
    I could not approach being nearly as eloquent as Georgetown law professor Louis Michael Seidman in an on-line debate over at the Federalist Society.Believe me, this guy is as liberal as they come. He not only defended SS's statements about being empathetic and being a wise Latina but also the irrelevancy of not being able to find a single case in which partial-birth abortion was medically necessary.But at least the guy is calling this nomination procedure like he sees it. On July 14 he wrote:"...I was completely disgusted by Judge Sotomayor's testimony today. If she was not perjuring herself, she is intellectually unqualified to be on the Supreme...
  • Presidential Candidates on Judicial Philosophy

    02/06/2008 4:08:35 PM PST · by ConservativeJen · 15 replies · 189+ views
    The Federalist Society ^ | February 4, 2008 | The Federalist Society
    Senator John McCain I believe that one of the greatest threats to our liberty and the Constitutional framework that safeguards our freedoms are willful judges who usurp the role of the people and their representatives and legislate from the bench. As President, I will nominate judges who understand that their role is to faithfully apply the law as written, not impose their opinions through judicial fiat. We are a free people. This means that the rules we have agreed to live by are those made by the people themselves, not a small elite that claims to be wiser than everybody...
  • Federalist Founder Supports McCain

    Steven Calabresi, Professor of Law at Northwestern University ( and co-founder of the premiere conservative legal organization, The Federalist Society, who previously backed Rudy has now endorsed John McCain. In an e-mail to me he explained: I have endorsed Senator McCain and think he would be an excellent president because he is tough on foreign policy, committed to spending restraint which is the key to small government, and because he has consistently voted for good judicial nominees in tough fights like Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. I am not troubled by his role as a member of the gang of...
  • Undeniably Conservative (Fred Thompson)

    12/18/2007 11:53:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 155+ views
    Let Freedom Ring ^ | December 18, 2007
    That’s the verdict rendered in this article. It’s just another example of the case conservatives should be making on Fred’s behalf. Here’s one of the key sections of the article: In short, Thompson holds the same conservative positions of all the other candidates combined, and has none of their flaws. In fact, any close observer of the campaign season would tell you that Thompson has been on the receiving end of barely any substantive attacks on policy issues. This is no coincidence. And it is the reason he has had to bear the brunt of shallow attacks about his demeanor,...
  • Giuliani has history of liberal judge appointments

    11/17/2007 11:40:51 AM PST · by wagglebee · 50 replies · 108+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 11/16/07 | Libby Quaid/AP
    WASHINGTON - Presidential contender Rudy Giuliani has been winning over some conservative Republicans by promising to appoint judges in the mold of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and others who might seem likely to limit the reach of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Judges he named as New York mayor, however, could never be mistaken for Scalia. Giuliani's promise has helped overcome his abortion rights support as an issue for conservative voters. After all, the next president can do little about abortion except to name judges who interpret the law more strictly. As a result, some prominent conservatives,...
  • Rudy Impresses the Federalist Society

    11/19/2007 7:09:24 AM PST · by libstripper · 26 replies · 55+ views
    Human Events ^ | November 19, 2007 | Jennifer Rubin
    If the GOP primary electorate were composed entirely of members of the Federalist Society, Rudy Giuliani would be the heavy favorite. Last Friday his opponents gave him an uncontested day before this conservative lawyers group celebrating their 25th anniversary. A number of the leaders and founders of this esteemed organization including Steven Calabresi and Ted Olson make up his judicial advisory board (by Giuliani’s count no less than seven of his judicial supporters spoke at the three day conference) so it should have come as no shock that he was warmly greeted, interrupted frequently by applause and left to a...
  • Giuliani Would Pick Conservative Judges

    11/16/2007 6:35:22 PM PST · by skully · 57 replies · 133+ views
    CBSNews ^ | Nov. 16, 2007 | (AP)
    (AP) Rudy Giuliani assured a conservative legal group Friday that if elected president he would appoint federal judges who adhere to their principles. He also praised a judge who declared the capital city's gun ban unconstitutional and ridiculed efforts to eliminate the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. In a speech marking the 25th anniversary of the Federalist Society, Giuliani spelled out a conservative legal agenda in which he cited Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts as models for the judges he would appoint to the federal bench.
  • No Secrets Here: Federalist Society Plots In the Open

    11/21/2006 1:10:38 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 14 replies · 856+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2006 | David Montgomery
    Conservative Legal Group Focuses on Judiciary to Come Election? What election? The pinstriped tribe of conservative legal minds called the Federalist Society -- more than 1,000 of whom gathered at the Mayflower Hotel this week -- is playing a much longer strategic game. Yesterday they had Sen. Arlen Specter at breakfast, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff before lunch and Vice President Cheney at cocktail hour. The message: full speed ahead with the movement. "Some people now have taken up the idea that, really, the Federalist Society is kind of like a modern-day da Vinci conspiracy, a secret society that controls...
  • LIVE THREAD:Cheney speech to Federalist Society on "Combatting Terrorism"- C-span1 - 5 & 8:09 pm est

    11/17/2006 1:30:46 PM PST · by ken5050 · 112 replies · 2,630+ views
    Speech is scheduled for 45 minutes, according to C-span's website. This will be the Veep's first major speech since the election. It will no doubt be interesting to hear his take on what the upcoming Dem control of Congress means for the administration's Iraq policy.
  • Conservative Heavyweight: The Remarkable Mind of Robert P. George

    09/03/2003 12:55:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies · 1,206+ views
    Crisis ^ | September 1, 2003 | Anne Morse
    Professor Robert P. George is pacing around a Princeton auditorium before 200-plus undergraduates, preparing to wage an intellectual shock-and-awe campaign against illogical thinking. “Some politicians say that they’re ‘personally opposed’ to abortion, yet ‘pro-choice,’” says the 48-year-old professor of constitutional law and moral philosophy. “But we must ask: Is this a position that can survive the test of logical coherence? After all, if abortion is wrong, surely it is wrong because it is the unjust taking of the life of a developing human being.” He pauses to let that sink in and then launches another question: “And if one believes...
  • ABA gives Bush nominee ‘unqualified’ rating

    05/10/2006 4:41:03 PM PDT · by Altair333 · 34 replies · 1,246+ views
    MSNBC & AP ^ | May 10, 2006
    WASHINGTON - The American Bar Association rated one of President Bush's judicial nominees "not qualified" Wednesday, prompting a call from a liberal group for the president to withdraw the Mississippi lawyer's nomination. A panel of the nation's largest lawyers group unanimously agreed that Michael Wallace, nominated for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, should receive its lowest rating. Wallace, 54, was a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and special counsel to then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi during the impeachment trial of President Clinton in 1999.
  • Scalia Says Opponents Are 'Idiots'

    02/14/2006 7:12:53 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies · 2,644+ views
    Scalia Says Opponents Are 'Idiots' By JONATHAN EWING, Associated Press Writer 10 minutes ago People who believe the Constitution would break if it didn't change with society are "idiots," U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says. In a speech Monday sponsored by the conservative Federalist Society, Scalia defended his long-held belief in sticking to the plain text of the Constitution "as it was originally written and intended." "Scalia does have a philosophy, it's called originalism," he said. "That's what prevents him from doing the things he would like to do," he told more than 100 politicians and lawyers from this...
  • Probing ABC's Scalia probe

    01/31/2006 8:15:28 AM PST · by pissant · 6 replies · 1,499+ views
    Wash. Times ^ | 1/30/06 | staff
    There's no shortage of historic and gripping Supreme Court stories for journalists to report on these days. Why, then, does ABC News' "Nightline" care where Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was the night Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in? It cares because it mistakenly thinks it has caught him in a "judicial junket." Last Monday, ABC News ran an "investigative" story centering on the fact that Justice Scalia was absent the night of the Sept. 29 Roberts ceremony, the only justice to miss it. Where was he? Turns out -- horror of horrors -- that the former law professor had...
  • In Alito, G.O.P. Reaps Harvest Planted in '82

    01/30/2006 1:30:00 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 37 replies · 1,461+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 30, 2006 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    Last February, as rumors swirled about the failing health of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, a team of conservative grass-roots organizers, public relations specialists and legal strategists met to prepare a battle plan to ensure any vacancies were filled by like-minded jurists. The team recruited conservative lawyers to study the records of 18 potential nominees — including Judges John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel A. Alito Jr. — and trained more than three dozen lawyers across the country to respond to news reports on the president's eventual pick. "We boxed them in," one lawyer present during the strategy meetings said...
  • Conservatives See Court Shift as Culmination

    01/29/2006 8:00:45 PM PST · by Pikamax · 44 replies · 1,268+ views
    Conservatives See Court Shift as Culmination By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK In February of last year, as rumors swirled about the failing health of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, a team of conservative grass-roots organizers, public relations specialists and legal strategists met to prepare a battle plan for whomever the next Supreme Court nominee might be. The leaders were Leonard A. Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society and informal adviser to the White House; Edwin Meese III, attorney general in the Reagan administration; and C. Boyden Gray, the White House counsel under the first President Bush and a veteran...
  • The Federalist Society accuses ABC Nightline of false and biased reporting

    01/26/2006 7:55:20 AM PST · by Thanatos · 8 replies · 926+ views
    Left Wing=Hate Website ^ | 1-16-2006 | Thanatos
    The Federalist Society has sent a letter to ABC Nightline where they demand that ABC News investigate the producer, reporter, and anchor in their report on Jan 23rd, 2006 where they accuse Supreme Court Justice Antione Scalia of violating judicial ethics laws in attending a Federalist Society CLE Course instead of watching Chief Justice Robert's swearing in ceremony. Here is the Letter from The Federalist Society: Mr. David Westin President ABC News 7 West 66th Street New York, NY 10023 Dear Mr. Westin: I write to express my deep disappointment and concern about a January 23rd report aired on ABC's...
  • Controversy Enters Day 2: Conservative Legal Group Calls for Investigation of ABC Report

    01/25/2006 5:20:52 AM PST · by johnny7 · 19 replies · 1,357+ views
    Lawyers at the Federalist Society are drafting a letter to ABC News President David Westin calling for an internal investigation of two ABC News journalists responsible for a “Nightline” segment that accused Justice Antonin Scalia of ethical lapses, a source close to the conservative legal group tells HUMAN EVENTS.ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross reported Monday for ABC’s “Nightline” that Scalia was out of town at a Federalist Society legal seminar on the day of Chief Justice John Roberts’ swearing-in ceremony. Ross’ report showed Scalia playing tennis at the hotel where he stayed—video that might have been obtained illegally,...
  • More on ABC's Breathtaking Scoop

    01/25/2006 4:30:00 AM PST · by saveliberty · 37 replies · 2,655+ views
    Bench Memos, National Review ^ | 1/24/2006 | Ed Whelan
    More on ABC's Breathtaking Scoop [Ed Whelan  01/24 06:00 PM] From a reader who took part in the seminar that Justice Scalia led:“I was fortunate enough to have a first-seat view of the famous Beaver Creek conference that ABC is making much about. . . . As I recall, the timing of Roberts's confirmation vote and swearing in were up in the air to the last minute. . . . As I recall, he was sworn in within 3 hours of the vote, and it was announced as a surprise at the conference. Scalia even mildly chuckled from the podium...
  • Federalist Society Slams ABC's Scalia Story: Repeat of Rather-Mapes

    01/24/2006 3:48:37 PM PST · by Peach · 145 replies · 4,248+ views
    Human Events ^ | January 24, 2006 | Robert B. Bluey
    Federalist Society Slams ABC's Scalia Story: Repeat of Rather-Mapes by Robert B. Bluey Posted Jan 24, 2006 The conservative Federalist Society, the centerpiece of an ABC News story questioning Justice Antonin Scalia’s ethics, today compared the network’s reporting on the story to the infamous Dan Rather and Mary Mapes episode regarding President Bush’s National Guard records. ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross reported Monday for ABC’s “Nightline” that Scalia was out of town at a Federalist Society legal seminar on Sept. 29, 2005—the day of Chief Justice John Roberts’ swearing-in ceremony. The piece contains video footage of Scalia on...
  • NSA Debate : Federalist Society : Rivkin v. Levy (Updated with rebuttals)

    01/23/2006 8:34:04 AM PST · by Cboldt · 1 replies · 565+ views
    The Federalist Society ^ | January 2006 | David B. Rivkin, Jr. and Robert Levy
    Below, two Federalist Society members (David B. Rivkin, Jr., partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Baker & Hostetler LLP, Contributing Editor to the National Interest and National Review magazines, and Member of the UN Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Robert Levy, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute) pose and then answer questions about the administration's policy on domestic surveillance. We begin with five questions by David Rivkin, with answers by Robert Levy and a rebuttal by David Rivkin at the end of this section: Q1. Rivkin: Why can't the President's use...
  • NightLine is saying USSC Justice Scalia is violating judicial ethics

    01/23/2006 2:15:08 PM PST · by Thanatos · 10 replies · 530+ views
    Left Wing Hate Website ^ | 1-23-2006 | Thanatos
    I was wondering how long it will take for the "Main Stream Media" to attempt to tie every conservative in Washington DC and beyond to the the "Lobby Scandal" surrounding Native American Indian Lobbiest Jack Abramoff. Although the "Main Stream Media" is trying to tie Abramoff to the GOP only, they forget that Democrats are the #1 Native American Lobbist target, but I digress.. ABC News Nightline is saying that because Justice Scalia went to Colorado instead of attending the Roberts swearing in ceremony, he is violating Judicial Ethics laws. NightLine is supposed to air the story tonight on ABC...
  • Supreme Ethics Problem? (Nightline at it again tonight)

    01/23/2006 3:10:29 PM PST · by wjersey · 9 replies · 517+ views
    ABC news ^ | 1/23/2006 | Brain Ross
    As John Roberts was being sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, his colleague Justice Antonin Scalia was playing tennis at a legal seminar in Colorado courtesy of the conservative legal group, the Federalist Society. According to the invitation also obtained by ABC News, members were invited for "a rare opportunity to spend time both socially and intellectually" with Justice Scalia. As lobbying scandals consume Capitol Hill, ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross turns his attention to the high court. While there are ethics rules in place for lower federal court judges, there is no explicit...
  • Harvard Law On A Heterodox Spree, Listing To Right ......Interesting if true

    01/03/2006 11:01:33 AM PST · by SouthernBoyupNorth · 5 replies · 581+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | 12/5/2005 | By Anna Schneider-Mayerson
    Bradford Berenson doesn’t remember Harvard Law School as the most encouraging place for an ambitious young conservative. The 40-year-old partner at Sidley, Austin, Brown and Wood in Washington, D.C., who served in the White House Counsel’s office under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003 and has chaired committees for the Federalist Society, the conservative and libertarian lawyers’ group, entered the program in 1988, in the immediate aftermath of the Reagan-era culture wars. Back then, he said, it was not unheard of for a student pressing a conservative line in a class discussion to get hisses and boos from...
  • Judge Henry J. Friendly's Unpublished Pre-Roe Abortion Opinion (Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture)

    11/29/2005 9:43:21 AM PST · by dukeman · 4 replies · 614+ views
    The Federalist Society ^ | 11/11/05 | A. Raymond Randolph, Circuit Judge
    BARBARA K. OLSON MEMORIAL LECTURE FEDERALIST SOCIETY NOVEMBER 11, 2005 A. RAYMOND RANDOLPH CIRCUIT JUDGE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE D.C. CIRCUIT It is good to look out and see so many old friends. But one is missing. This is for Barbara. It is well-known that Henry J. Friendly was one of the greatest judges in our nation’s history. Along with Holmes and Brandeis and Learned Hand, he was certainly one of the most brilliant. What is not known is that in 1970, three years before Roe v. Wade, Judge Friendly wrote an opinion in the first abortion-rights...
  • For conservative lawyers, a time to celebrate

    11/12/2005 3:39:01 PM PST · by paudio · 2 replies · 327+ views ^ | nov 11, 05 | Tom Curry
    WASHINGTON - As the Federalist Society held its annual convention in Washington's Mayflower Hotel this week, judicial nominees -- failed and successful, past, present and future -- mingled and celebrated. -snip- At a panel discussion on “Originalism and Unenumerated Constitutional Rights,” Graglia scornfully compared Americans’ Supreme Court-dominated system of government to Iran. “There, too, people get to vote, elect legislators, and the legislators pass laws, but the laws are permitted to operate only if not disapproved by the grand council of ayatollahs. Here the Supreme Court performs that function,” Graglia cracked.
  • LAT: Rove Says the Tide Is Running in Conservatives' Favor

    11/11/2005 5:15:53 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 57 replies · 2,193+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 11, 2005 | Edwin Chen
    Karl Rove, deputy White House chief of staff and President Bush's longtime political strategist, denounced liberal judges Thursday for engaging in "judicial imperialism" and told conservative activists that reform of the federal judiciary was on the way, led by the Supreme Court's new chief justice, John G. Roberts Jr. "The wind and tide are running in our favor," Rove said in a speech before about 1,500 lawyers and their guests that also predicted Senate confirmation of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the high court. In a 25-minute address delivered in a monotone that...
  • Against Judicial Imperialism (The Federalist Society speech)

    11/11/2005 9:21:22 AM PST · by pookie18 · 1 replies · 365+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 11/11/05 | KARL ROVE
    (Editor's note: Mr. Rove delivered this speech last night to the Federalist Society in Washington.) For some, it is the Bavarian Illuminati. For others, the Knights Templar. And in recent years, it has been the Trilateralists, the Bilderbergers or the neocons. But for Sens. Kennedy, Durbin, Schumer and Leahy, the most successful conspiracy in the history of mankind is one of the most visible and open, as shown by your willingness to put yourselves on display. Who would have thought powerful members of the World's Most Exclusive Club would be so threatened by a movement of confident, principle-driven, egghead lawyers?...
  • Presidential Aide Takes Aim at Democrats (Rove Rides Again at Federalist Society dinner)

    11/11/2005 11:43:47 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,035+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/11/05 | Pete Yost - ap
    WASHINGTON - Presidential adviser Karl Rove took aim at four of the Bush administration's Democratic opponents in the Senate and received a standing ovation from a conservative legal group, defying his critics as he awaits his fate in the CIA leak investigation. Rove has kept a low public profile since his grand jury testimony a month ago, but he stepped into the limelight Thursday night. He spoke out on behalf of the administration's judicial selections, including Harriet Miers, whose Supreme Court nomination was withdrawn after opposition from the president's conservative base. "If you like every one of the 200 judges...
  • Karl Rove addresses the Federalist Society

    11/10/2005 6:58:15 PM PST · by Babu · 10 replies · 702+ views ^ | 11-10.05 | Tom Curry
    Emerging from weeks of political hibernation, President Bush's longtime advisor Karl Rove told the right-wing Federalist Society that rulings by liberal judges will “provoke a strong counter-reaction” through laws or constitutional amendments to limit the judiciary. Rove addressed the group Thursday evening at the Federalist Society's annual meeting in Washington. “The public will reclaim its rights as a sovereign people,” Rove predicted, and “at the end of the day the views of the Founders will prevail.” Rove denounced recent examples of what he saw as liberal judicial activism such as the 9th Circuit court of appeals declaring that the recitation...
  • Karl Rove is Speaking Live on C-Span at Federalist Society

    11/10/2005 4:48:33 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 33 replies · 988+ views
    November 10, 2005
    Lib anger is rising.
  • Alito Demonstrated Humor, His Ethics

    11/05/2005 12:50:42 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 6 replies · 587+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 5, 2005 | Guy Taylor
    Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. has addressed the Federalist Society multiple times during his long-running membership, and he stuck with dry legal humor during a speech in 1997. Delivered at the conservative society's national convention, the speech titled "The Crisis in the Legal Profession" focused on the gap between reality and the way criminal lawyers perceive themselves. The "gladiatorial image is wildly inaccurate," Judge Alito said, citing a national lawyers magazine, which said criminal lawyers see themselves as gladiators fighting the dragons of bureaucracy and the constabulary. "A more apt image of what actually occurs is two gladiators who march...
  • Alito a Longtime Federalist Society Member

    11/02/2005 1:25:32 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 741+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 2, 2005 | NANCY BENAC
    It looks like the third time was the charm for the Federalist Society. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito has long been an active participant in the conservative legal society, an influential group that sometimes goes to great lengths to play down its influence. Alito has been a member for at least 15 years and has spoken before both the national organization and its student chapters on a number of occasions. That's a welcome change for the group after the last two Supreme Court nominations: -John Roberts, the new chief justice, is well-liked by Federalist Society members but belatedly denied he'd...
  • Point Man for Miers Juggles Allegiances (Leonard Leo of Federalist Society)

    10/25/2005 10:12:06 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 2 replies · 374+ views
    Point Man for Miers Juggles Allegiances Legal Conservative Risks Credibility By Helping Bush Defuse Criticism Of High Court Nominee By JEANNE CUMMINGS Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL October 26, 2005; Page A4 WASHINGTON -- As legal conservatives mobilize against Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, Leonard Leo has been the point man trying to defuse their campaign. In emails and telephone calls, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society is urging fellow conservatives to withhold judgment. "I have had the benefit of being able to witness firsthand the way in which Harriet Miers thinks about the role of...
  • Society of Doom? [Federalist Society]

    10/23/2005 2:20:22 AM PDT · by counterpunch · 29 replies · 1,106+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10/20/2005 | Dean Barnett
    Despite what you may have heard, there's nothing bad about the Federalist Society WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH nominated John Roberts for the Supreme Court, he was widely praised by conservatives. Roberts had such impeccable credentials that even his foes conceded Bush had chosen a top-notch nominee. But deep in John Roberts's past lurked a secret that threatened to undermine his nomination: at some point, Roberts had had some association with the Federalist Society. On July 25, the Washington Post ran a front-page story with the ominous headline, "Roberts Listed in Federalist Society '97-98 Directory." The story's sub-head--"Court Nominee Said he Has...
  • Conservatives Call to Withdraw Miers (Nomination "a Stupid, Stupid Mistake")

    10/14/2005 1:53:07 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 364 replies · 3,384+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/14/05 | Charles Hurt
    The nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court has splintered President Bush's base and triggered a growing demand from his own supporters to withdraw her nomination. "What a stupid, stupid mistake," said Mark W. Smith, a member of the conservative Federalist Society who has actively supported Mr. Bush but wants to see the nomination withdrawn. "You cannot fix this for 25 years." Conservatives have stuck with Mr. Bush through the bloodiest and gloomiest days of the war in Iraq, held firm as administration officials are investigated for revealing a CIA operative's identity and given him a pass on the...

    10/13/2005 2:43:57 PM PDT · by KMAJ2 · 255 replies · 3,202+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 10/13/2005 | Drudge
    XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX THU OCT 13, 2005 12:52:43 ET XXXXX 2005: PICK PRAISES FEDERALIST SOCIETY IN SPEECH **Exclusive** The DRUDGE REPORT has obtained exclusive excerpts from a speech Bush Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers made to the DC Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society on April 29, 2005. At the speech Miers’ declared, “You [the Federalist Society] are an important ally on many issues, especially in our battles to ensure for our Nation a distinguished Federal judiciary, a judiciary the American people deserve.” MORE Miers went on: “There is a reason White House Counsels have sought out your organization...
  • CST: Why Mr. Flug comes to Washington - Judge Wars: Storm Warnings

    08/25/2005 6:20:25 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 494+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 25, 2005 | ROBERT NOVAK
    An alert this week from backers of Judge John Roberts cautions not to take seriously Democratic complaints that they cannot stop his confirmation. A three-page memo sent to thousands of conservatives across the country warns that the assault on President Bush's first Supreme Court nominee is yet to come. A major reason cited for this belief is the man back at Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's side on the Senate Judiciary Committee: James Flug. ''It is hard to fathom Mr. Flug coming back to Capitol Hill after 30 years of private practice for anything other than a bitterly tough confirmation fight,''...