• “How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable” – 2018 McCormick Lecture – Erwin Chemerinsky
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    “How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable” – 2018 McCormick Lecture – Erwin Chemerinsky

    PRESENTER: Welcome. It’s wonderful to see so many friends and supporters and colleagues here at tonight’s [INAUDIBLE].. I have a brief and welcome job, but a difficult one, because it is very hard to introduce a close friend. At least it’s hard for me, because I want to do my friend– and you will excuse me– justice. I want to tell you everything about his career as a reformer, teacher, scholar, a leader so prominent that just last year, he was named the most influential person in legal education, which not a single person in legal education needed the poll to know. I want you to know what I know.…

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    Confident Pluralism: Living in a Deeply Diverse Society

    In our country’s history and in our best moments, we have protected the ability of different groups to pursue different ways of life. We would not have had suffrage, we would not have had abolition, we would not have had civil rights without the groups that preceded those efforts, the groups of people who met in private spaces and sometimes for purely social means to craft agendas, to form friendships, and to pursue solidarity. Confident pluralism is a response to the recognition that we live in a deeply divisive and diverse society where our differences are not going to be overcome. So, it’s a challenge and a question of how…

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    Constitutional History and the Reconstruction Amendments

    – Law professor Kurt Lash is one of the country’s leading constitutional law scholars. Founder and director of the Richmond Program on the American Constitution, he has published widely on constitutional history, theory and law, religious liberty, and free speech. He joined the University of Richmond in 2017 as the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in Law. (light upbeat pop music) Kurt, thanks so much for taking time to sit down with me. – Thank you so much for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here. – You teach and write about constitutional and First Amendment law. In what ways have these conversations in your classroom changed over the…

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    Real Lawyer Reacts to My Cousin Vinny (The Most Accurate Legal Comedy?)

    – I’m holding you in contempt of court. – Well, there’s a (bleep) surprise. – What’d you say? (lawyer laughs) – What? – What’d you just say? – Don’t talk back to the judge, quit while you’re ahead. Or quit while you’re slightly behind. This movie is so great. (bright music) Hey legal eagles, it’s time to think like a lawyer All right, animated, smile more. Today we are covering My Cousin Vinny one of my favorite legal movies of all time. And if there is one question I get more than any other it is… – What are you wearing? – Indochino. Let me try that again. If there…

  • Gonzales v. Raich Summary | quimbee.com
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    Gonzales v. Raich Summary | quimbee.com

    – [Narrator] In 2005, medical marijuana users saw their dreams go up in smoke when the United States Supreme Court announced it’s ruling in Gonzales versus Raich. In 1970, Congress enacted the Federal Controlled Substances Act, which bans the cultivation and use of marijuana. 26 years later, in 1996, California passed a law that allowed its citizens to cultivate and use marijuana for medical purposes. Angel Raich and Diane Monson were California residents who both used doctor prescribed marijuana to treat severe medical problems. California law enforcement agents investigating Raich and Monson, found that the marijuana they possessed conformed to state law. But federal agents seized and destroyed their marijuana…

  • Faculty on Point | Ralph Richard Banks on Racial Justice Beyond Constitutional Law
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    Faculty on Point | Ralph Richard Banks on Racial Justice Beyond Constitutional Law

    [MUSIC] My current project is to produce a case book, Racial Justice and Law. And the goal of that is to provide what students haven’t had before, which is a resource that canvasses issues of racial justice across a variety of domains. One of the important goals of this case book, and of my teaching and writing otherwise, is to broaden the focus beyond constitutional law. We’re at an, at an odd place because we have, widespread support, for ideals of, of racial justice and color-blindness. Yet, we still have a society that is very much structured along lines of race. We have gross disparities in criminal justice in terms…

  • Mary Sarah Bilder delivers Georgetown Law’s 2019 Thomas F. Ryan Lecture
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    Mary Sarah Bilder delivers Georgetown Law’s 2019 Thomas F. Ryan Lecture

    (audience shuffling and chattering) – All right, good afternoon everyone. I’m Dean Bill Treanor, and it’s a privilege to welcome you to this year’s Thomas Ryan lecture. Thomas Ryan received his bachelor degrees from Georgetown College in 1971, and his JD from the Law Center in 1976. He was an extraordinary person, and he passed away much too young. And this lecture was created in his honor. And it has now been, I think, more than 30 years. Started in 1985, it’s one of the jewels, every year in the law school’s academic program. We started in 1985 with Senator Joe Biden, we have had, among other people, Anne-Marie Slaughter,…

  • Medical Marijuana and Money Laundering
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    Medical Marijuana and Money Laundering

    Twenty-nine states have now legalized marijuana for medicinal use and additional states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. But, federally marijuana is illegal in all circumstances in the United States. It’s a schedule one substance under the controlled substances act. That clearly applies to people who are in the marijuana industry but it also applies to those who just nibble around the edges of the industry like banks. Understanding the total value of the marijuana industry is a pretty complex question. Projections of the legal market right now are somewhere in the 5 to 8 billion dollar range per year but as new states come online, both for medical marijuana…

  • Gill v. Whitford [SCOTUSbrief]
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    Gill v. Whitford [SCOTUSbrief]

    ​Gill v. Whitford is a case that attempts to answer a question that’s about 30 years old. How do you define a gerrymandering? Gerrymandering is a way to draw district lines to help your party and hurt your opponent. The term gerrymandering is based on the name of a founding father named Elbridge Gerry. Elbridge Gerry created a prototypical gerrymandering in Massachusetts that was lampooned in a cartoon in 1812. It looked like a salamander wrapped around the district that was to be divided up. So when you make a portmanteau word of salamander and Elbridge Gerry’s last name, you get Gerrymander. Gerrymandering has been practiced by both parties, at…

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    Furman Center: Policy Breakfast

    – Good morning everyone. I am truly delighted to welcome you to our first policy breakfast of the semester. I’m especially excited about this policy breakfast not only because of the importance of the issue and the brilliance of the panelists but also because this is the first debate that we’ve had that ties very directly to our Dream Revisited blog and now I’m looking, where is it, here’s the book. And we launched the Dream Revisited blog just over five years ago on MLK Day in 2014 with support from the Open Society Foundations. Our idea was to try to spur candid and constructive dialogue and debate about issues…