Isn't It Time We Stopped Trusting Judges--What Would the Framers Advise?

Orange County Lawyers Chapter


  • Dr. David Forte, Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University


  • Dr. David Forte, Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University

Some observers have been dismayed by apparent violations of the separation of powers by executive actions taken by President Obama. Affected parties have resorted to the courts, only to be let down by decisions seemingly crafted by an overarching intent by judges to define what the law should be, in terms of social policy or political intent, instead of what it is.  

Last week, the Supreme Court announced that they would review United States v. Texas, the challenge to the Obama administration’s deferred-action policy for undocumented immigrants.  The Justices further requested lawyers to submit briefs on whether the policy violated the Constitution's demand that the President “faithfully” execute the laws enacted by Congress.

Dr. David Forte, whose legal scholarship was cited by Chief Justice Roberts' dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), will be joining us to address these issues.  Dr. Forte is Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University.  He is an internationally recognized expert and writes and speaks nationally on topics such as constitutional law, religious liberty, Islamic law, the rights of families, and international affairs.  Dr. Forte served as book review editor for the American Journal of Jurisprudence and has edited a volume entitled, Natural Law and Contemporary Public Policy, published by Georgetown University Press.  His book, Islamic Law Studies: Classical and Contemporary Applications, has been published by Austin & Winfield.  He is Senior Editor of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (2006, 2014), a clause-by-clause analysis of the Constitution of the United States. 

Dr. Forte holds a B.A. from Harvard College, M.A. from Manchester University, England, Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

Cost: $30 members/$35 nonmembers/$20 students/judges for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit.  (The Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE). 

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Related Cases

Obergefell v. Hodges
United States v. Texas (2016)