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2020 Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters Conference

September 3, 2020
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The Federalist Society's Wisconsin Chapters are proud to present the 2020 Wisconsin Lawyers Chapters Conference on September 3, 2020, at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, WI. More information to come soon!


12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Lunch Address
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Panel #1: Protecting the Vote:  Issues in Election Integrity
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Despite recent Supreme Court decisions addressing key aspects of election law, many questions affecting the vote remain unanswered.  What limits does the Constitution put on rules governing maintenance of voter rolls?  Following Rucho, what if anything should policymakers do to address districts drawn through partisan gerrymanders?  How secure from hacking are the electronic systems used to count votes?  What problems, if any, does "dark money" pose to democratic elections?  This panel will address these issues and others related to election integrity with a view to the 2020 presidential election.

  • Rick Esenberg, Founder, President, and General Counsel, Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty

  • Lester A. Pines, Senior Partner, Pines Bach


Panel #2:
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM 

What is the proper role of state attorneys general and the courts in litigation in seeking to nullify federal law? Panelists will discuss the difference in approach between Wisconsin during the Obama administration and other state's efforts during the Trump administration with a particular emphasis on the role of state AGs and the role of the courts in issuing nationwide injunctions. Are nationwide injunctions "legally and historically dubious," as Justice Thomas has described them?

  • Misha Tseytlin, Partner, Troutman Sanders & Former Solicitor General of Wisconsin
  • Michael T. Morley, Professor, Florida State University College of Law

Cocktail Hour
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM

Dinner: Keynote Speaker 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

  • Hon. David Stras, United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit 

Dessert Reception 
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


*More panelists to be confirmed. 

Registration will open in the upcoming months and WI CLE Credit will be available.

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