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Inaugural Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters Conference

Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters

May 4, 2018

The Inaugural Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters Conference, hosted by the Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters, was held on May 4, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin. Audio and video are now available and posted to the event schedule.

 

Registration: 

  • $10 - Active Student Members (Must be logged in)
  • $50 - Active Members, Judges, Government Employees (Must be logged in)
  • $80 - Non-Members

This program has been approved for 2 Judicial Education Credits.

This program has been approved for 5 General WI CLE Credits.

 

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10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
First Amendment Controversies: Free Speech and Religious Liberty

Inaugural Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters Conference

Topics: First Amendment • Religious Liberty • Free Speech & Election Law
Monona Terrace
One John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703

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This panel debated perspectives from both sides of two important national discussions: the debate over free speech on campus and the debate over whether certain wedding-related services are speech or public accommodation. The panelists touched upon First Amendment controversies both on a national level and other free speech controversies in Wisconsin.

The Inaugural Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters Conference was held on May 4, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Opening Remarks:

  • Robert Driscoll, Milwaukee Chapter President, The Federalist Society

Panelists:

  • Rick Esenberg, Founder, President, and General Counsel for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty
  • Jordan Lorence, Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Lester Pines, Senior Partner, Pines Bach 
  • Howard Schweber, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Moderator: Misha Tseytlin, Solicitor General, State of Wisconsin

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11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Luncheon Address by Brad Schimel

Inaugural Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters Conference

Topics: State Courts • State Governments
Monona Terrace
One John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703

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Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel delivered the luncheon address at the Inaugural Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters Conference in Madison, Wisconsin on May 4, 2018.

  • Hon. Brad D. Schimel, Wisconsin Attorney General
  • Introduction: Robert Driscoll, Milwaukee Chapter President, The Federalist Society

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1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
State and Federal Judicial Selection

Inaugural Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters Conference

Topics: Federal Courts • State Courts
Monona Terrace
One John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703

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This panel examined judicial appointments in Wisconsin and at the federal level. Panelists will discuss the characteristics executives should seek in judicial nominees as well as the approaches used to select those nominees. Topics include the Governor's selection methods, the president's selection methods, blue slips, and possible reforms to the federal judicial selection process.

The Inaugural Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters Conference was held on May 4, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Panelists:

  • Katie Ignatowski, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
  • Ryan Owens, Professor of Political Science; Affiliated Faculty, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network
  • Moderator: Andrew Hitt, Chairman, Governor’s Judicial Selection Advisory Committee

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3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
New Federalism

Inaugural Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters Conference

Topics: Constitution • Federalism • Separation of Powers • State Governments
Monona Terrace
One John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703

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Justice Brennan’s 1977 article “State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights,” provoked many litigators to look to the state courts to enhance individual liberties beyond the scope of the federal constitution. This came at a time when the conservative legal movement developed out of a perception that the Warren Court and its successors had gone too far, with courts holding an influence far too powerful in American life.  They  called for a more restrained view of the judicial role,  while those on the left looked to state courts to assert their role in protecting individual rights. This sparked a New Federalism that embraced more active and robust efforts to achieve litigation-oriented outcomes through state constitutional litigation. In recent years, many in the conservative legal movement have also come to embrace state constitutions as separate documents that best protect both individual and economic liberty. This panel will offer a historical overview of these trends as well as offer perspectives of the role of state constitutions from the federal and state bench.

The Inaugural Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters Conference was held on May 4, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Panelists:

  • Hon. Stephen Markman, Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court
  • Joseph Ranney, Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School & Shareholder, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C.
  • Hon. Jeffrey Sutton, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Moderator: Hon. Brian K. Hagedorn, Wisconsin Court of Appeals

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