Autumn 2017 Speaker Schedule

Take a look at the fabulous speakers coming to campus this quarter! (Schedule subject to change.)

Wednesday, September 27th

"An Introduction to the Federalist Society" with Professor M. Todd Henderson

M. Todd Henderson is the Michael J. Marks Professor of Law and Mark Claster Mamolen Research Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. Professor Henderson's research interests include corporations, securities regulation, and law and economics. He has taught classes ranging from Banking Regulation to Torts to American Indian Law.

Professor Henderson received an engineering degree cum laude from Princeton University in 1993. He worked for several years designing and building dams in California before matriculating at the Law School. While at the Law School, Todd was an editor of the Law Review and captained the Law School's all-University champion intramural football team. He graduated magna cum laude in 1998 and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following law school, Todd served as clerk to the Hon. Dennis Jacobs of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then practiced appellate litigation at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, DC, and was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company in Boston, where he specialized in counseling telecommunications and high-tech clients on business and regulatory strategy.

Monday, October 2nd

"Justice Scalia was Right in Oregon v. Smith: Why the Original Meaning of the Free Exercise Clause Does Not Require Religious Exemptions" with Dr. Vincent Phillip Muñoz and Professor Mary Anne Case

Vincent Phillip Muñoz is the Tocqueville Associate Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at The University of Notre Dame. He also serves as Director of Notre Dame's Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life and the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies.

Dr. Muñoz writes and teaches across the fields of political philosophy, constitutional studies, and American politics. His research has focused on the theme of religious liberty and the American Constitution. His first book, God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson (Cambridge University Press, 2009), won the Hubert Morken Award from the American Political Science Association for the best publication on religion and politics in 2009 and 2010. His First Amendment church-state casebook, Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents, was published in 2013 (Rowman & Littlefield, revised edition 2015) and is being used at Notre Dame and other leading universities.

Dr. Muñoz is currently working on a sequel to God and the Founders. That book will attempt to explain the natural rights political philosophy that animates the Constitution's protection of religious liberty as well as set forth the original meaning of the Constitution's Religion Clauses. Articles related to that project have recently been published in American Political Science Review, The Notre Dame Law Review, and American Political Thought. His earlier writings have appeared in scholarly and popular journals, including American Political Science Review, The Review of Politics, The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, The Wall Street Journal, First Things, and The Claremont Review of Books. His media appearances include commentary on Voice of America Radio, Fox News Channel, and Turkish Public Television. He has testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the matter of "Hostility to Religious Expression in the Public Square."

A graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Law School, Mary Anne Case studied at the University of Munich; litigated for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York; and was professor of law and Class of 1966 Research Professor at the University of Virginia before joining the Law School faculty. She has also served as a visiting professor at New York University for the 1996-97 academic year and spring 1999, Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in spring 2004, Crane Fellow in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University for the 2006-07 academic year, Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School in spring 2013, and Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in spring 2016. The subjects she has taught include feminist jurisprudence, constitutional law, regulation of sexuality, marriage, family law, sex discrimination, religious freedom, and European legal systems. She is the convenor of the Workshop on Regulating Family, Sex, and Gender. While her diverse research interests include German contract law, theological anthropology, and the First Amendment, her scholarship to date has concentrated on the regulation of sex, gender, sexuality, religion, and the family; and on the early history of feminism.

Tuesday, October 10th

Supreme Court Roundup OT 2017 with Ashley Keller and Tom Dupree

Mr. Keller is a managing director of Burford Capital, where he has been since the litigation finance firm he co-founded, Gerchen Keller, was purchased. Before co-founding Gerchen Keller, Mr. Keller was a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

Before practicing, Mr. Keller was a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the Supreme Court of the United States. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated first in his class.

Mr. Dupree is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm's litigation department and its Appellate and Constitutional Law practice group.

Mr. Dupree is an experienced trial and appellate advocate. He has argued more than 80 appeals in the federal courts, including in all thirteen circuits as well as the United States Supreme Court.

In 2007, Mr. Dupree was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General. He served in the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2007 to 2009, ultimately becoming the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

Mr. Dupree graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as an Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Monday, October 16th

"The Free Speech Vernacular - Conceptual Confusions in the Way We Speak About Speech" with Professor Tara Smith

Professor Smith's main interests concern the nature of values, virtues, and the requirements of objective law. She has just published Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System (Cambridge University Press, August 2015), a study of proper methodology in judicial review and its foundations in a proper conception of objective law.

Smith's previous books are Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics - The Virtuous Egoist (2006), Viable Values - A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality (2000), and Moral Rights and Political Freedom (1995). Her articles have been published in such journals as The Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, Law and Philosophy, and Social Philosophy and Policy. Recent publications include "What Are We Cheering? Sport and the Value of Valuing," Fair Play - Journal of Philosophy, Ethics and Sports Law (2014); "Originalism, Vintage or Nouveau: He Said, She Said Law," Fordham Law Review (2013), "Neutrality Isn't Neutral - On the Value Neutrality of the Rule of Law," Washington University Jurisprudence Review (2011), and "Reckless Caution: The Perils of Judicial Minimalism," NYU Journal of Law & Liberty (2010). She is the BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism and also holds the Anthem Foundation Fellowship.

Monday, November 6th

"Rewriting the Rules for War? Cyber, Robotic, and Space Weapons in 21st Century" with Professor Jeremy Rabkin

Jeremy A. Rabkin is a professor at George Mason Law School in Arlington, Virginia, specializing in international law and constitutional history. Rabkin received a bachelor's degree from Cornell (1974) and earned a doctorate in political science at Harvard University. He taught in the Department of Government at Cornell University from 1980 until the spring of 2007. Professor Rabkin serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace (originally appointed by President George W. Bush in 2007, then appointed for a second term by President Barack Obama and reconfirmed by the Senate in 2011). He serves on the board of academic advisors of the American Enterprise Institute, on the advisory board of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the board of directors of the Center for Individual Rights (a public interest law firm in Washington, D.C.). Rabkin's recent writing has focused on the history and continuing significance of national sovereignty, as in, Law Without Nations (Princeton University Press, 2005). His most recent book, co-authored with John Yoo, is entitled Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War.

Wednesday, November 15th

"The New Central Planners: Why We Need Less, Not More, Cost-Benefit Analysis" with Oren Cass and Professor Jonathan Masur

Oren Cass is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where he focuses on energy, the environment, and antipoverty policy. He was domestic policy director of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in 2011-12. Cass has briefed members of Congress and congressional staff in both the House and Senate and his essays and columns have been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, National Affairs, City Journal, National Review, Investor's Business Daily, and Washington Examiner. Prior to joining MI, Cass was a management consultant for Bain & Company in the firm's Boston and New Delhi offices, where he advised global companies across a range of industries on implementing growth strategies and performance-improvement programs. He holds a B.A. in political economy from Williams College and a J.D. from Harvard University, where he was an editor and the vice president of the Harvard Law Review.

Jonathan Masur received a BS in physics and an AB in political science from Stanford University in 1999 and his JD from Harvard Law School in 2003. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and for Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He joined the Law School faculty in 2007 and received tenure in 2012. He served as Deputy Dean from 2012 to 2014 and was named the John P. Wilson Professor of Law in 2014. He won the Graduating Students Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014 and 2017 and the Class of 2016 Award. He has served as director of the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Program in Behavioral Law, Finance and Economics since its founding.