April Tele-town Hall: Political Gerrymandering and Compelled Speech on the Docket

April 9, 2018

 

In this episode, Dr. Eastman is joined by David W. Casazza, a 2015 Claremont Institute John Marshall Fellow. Casazza is an associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he is a member of the Litigation Department and focuses on appellate and administrative law. Dr. Eastman is also joined by Denise Harle, who serves as legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a member of the Center for Life.
 
Up first, they discuss Benisek v. Lamone, a Maryland partisan gerrymandering case before the Supreme Court this term. The case questions whether state officials responsible for Maryland’s 2011 congressional redistricting plan targeted the plaintiffs for vote dilution, because of their past support for Republican candidates in violation of the First Amendment’s retaliation doctrine. This case was argued on March 28, 2018.
 
Next, they discuss NIFLA v. Becerra, a First Amendment case before the Court this term. The case involves a California law that compels religious, pro-life entities to disseminate information about low-cost planning services—abortion included—to “ensure access to reproductive health services for all California women, regardless of income.” This case was argued on March 20, 2018, by Mike Farris, President of the Alliance Defending Freedom. Harle was a key part of ADF’s litigation team, which also included Dr. Eastman and the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence as co-counsel.
 
Dr. Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. He served as a law clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas in 1996-97.

 

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Charles Kesler on Trump’s First Year, “Never Trump,” and More - 3/18/18

March 19, 2018

Charles Kesler, editor of the Claremont Review of Books and Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute, joins Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn. The two discuss Trump's first year in office, the present status of the "Never Trump" movement (a topic Kesler wrote on in his latest CRB Editor's Note, "Among the Never Trumpers"), and hypotheticals on the future of Conservatism. 

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March Tele-town Hall: Political Speech on T- Shirts and in Union Halls

March 8, 2018

In this episode,  Dr. John C. Eastman, founding director of the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, for our March tele-town hall. Dr. Eastman is joined by Ilya Shapiro, who is a 2015 Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, and editor-in chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. The two discuss Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, a case challenging a Minnesota election law which prohibits voters from wearing political apparel at a polling venue. Under this law, voters who wear such apparel are told to remove these items before they can enter the polling place and vote. If they refuse, election officials take down their names for possible prosecution and penalties. This case was argued on February 28, 2018. 

The two also discuss a First Amendment case before the Supreme Court this term, Janus v. American Federation, which questions whether Abood v. Detroit Board of Education should be overruled. The issue before the Court is whether public employee unions may continue to garnish workers’ paychecks to fund the political act of collective bargaining for taxpayer funded wages and benefits. This case was argued on February 26, 2018.

 Dr. Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. He served as a law clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas in 1996-97.

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Panel: Trump, Executive Power, and the Bully Pulpit

February 26, 2018

Our distinguished panel looks at how President Trump has approached executive power in important and novel ways, paying special attention to how the President has asserted greater control over the administrative state, curbed the previous Administration’s use of “enforcement discretion” to effectively change law, and used the power of the “bully pulpit” to advance his objectives and inflame his critics. Claremont co-hosted this panel with The Heritage Foundation on February 22, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The panelists:

• John Fonte, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for American Common Culture at the Hudson Institute
• Adam White
, Research fellow, Hoover Institution; Director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School
• Charles Kesler
, Editor, Claremont Review of Books; Senior Fellow, Claremont Institute; Professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College
• Ryan Williams (moderator), President, Claremont Institute
• Arthur Milikh (host)
, Associate Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation

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Ryan Williams on James Burnham and Conservatism - 2/6/18

February 8, 2018

Are you familiar with modern conservative political philosopher James Burnham? Though Burnham is a lesser known figure than men such as William F. Buckley Jr. and Russell Kirk, he played an important role in shaping the modern conservative movement. 

Ryan Williams, President of the Claremont Institute, joins The Seth and Chris Show to discuss Burnham and the history of the conservative movement.

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January Tele-town Hall: Voter Fraud and Judicial Deference to the Administrative State

January 22, 2018

In this episode, Dr. John C. Eastman, founding director of the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, is joined by J. Christian Adams, President and General Counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, founder of the Election Law Center, and formerly an official in the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Eastman will also be joined by Professor Anthony T. Caso, director of the Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, which is sponsored by the Claremont Institute’s own Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. 

During this town hall, Eastman and his guests will discuss Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, a case which addresses whether Ohio’s list-maintenance process violates the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and the Help America Vote Act of 2002. The list-maintenance process in question sends a confirmation notice if a voter is inactive for two consecutive years. If the mail returns undelivered and four more years of inactivity pass, the voter is removed from the voting rolls. This case was argued on January 10, 2018.

 They also discuss Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro which concerns whether “service advisors” at car dealerships are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime requirements. The broader issue in question is whether unelected bureaucrats in administrative agencies can unilaterally alter longstanding interpretations of the law. This case was argued on January 17, 2018.

Dr. Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. He served as a law clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas in 1996-97.

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December 11 CCJ Town Hall: Religious Liberty and Freedom From Compelled Speech

December 13, 2017

In this episode, Dr. John C. Eastman, founding director of the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, is joined by: Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute and former Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow; Dr. David Upham, Director of Legal Students and Associate Professor at the University of Dallas; and Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute.

During this town hall, Eastman and his guests will discuss one of the most important cases being heard by the Supreme Court this term, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which was argued on, December 5, 2017. The court must decide whether government can compel a U.S. citizen to participate in speech with which he or she fundamentally disagrees and that violates his or her sincerely held religious beliefs.

They also discuss the important case addressing some complicated federalism doctrines, Chris Christie v. NCAA, which was argued on, December 4, 2017.

Dr. Eastman is a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute and the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. He served as a law clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas in 1996-97.

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Panel: The Tyranny of Identity Politics

November 30, 2017

Charles Kesler, Mark Lilla, Heather Mac Donald, and Ryan Williams examine the political and moral threat of identity politics and the means necessary to reinstate and protect the motto on which our republic stands: e pluribus unum. Claremont hosted this panel on November 9, 2017 at the Harvard Club in NYC.

The panelists:

- Charles Kesler, Editor, Claremont Review of Books; Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute; Professor, Claremont McKenna College
- Mark Lilla, Professor, Columbia University; Author, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics
- Heather Mac Donald, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Author, The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe
- Ryan Williams, President, The Claremont Institute (moderator)

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Angelo Codevilla on Power, Sex, and Politics - 11/28/17

November 29, 2017

Angelo Codevilla, Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute, joins the Laura Ingraham Radio Show to discuss his latest piece for American Greatness, "Power, Sex, and Politics."

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William Voegeli On The Rise Of The New Left And Conservatism Under Trump - 10/27/17

November 2, 2017

William Voegeli, senior editor of the Claremont Review of Books, joins The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss topics such as the rise of the new radical left, the conservative intellectual movement in the age of Trump, and the impact of human emotion on government.

They discuss free speech and how the new antifa left justifies violence. “Both the left and right are non-absolutists about free speech in particular, and inalienable rights in general,” Voegeli said.

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