Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

News Release

October 03, 2014
Southwestern to Host First American Constitution Society Southern California Regional Conference

Co-Sponsored by Southwestern’s ACS Student Chapter, UCLA ACS Student Chapter and the Los Angeles ACS Lawyer Chapter

Southwestern's ACS Student Chapter


The American Constitution Society (ACS) is a national non-partisan progressive legal organization dedicated to fostering discussion and debate on important legal, public policy, and constitutional issues. On Sunday, October 26, the Southwestern student chapter of the ACS will welcome the other eight regional law school chapters, the Los Angeles Lawyer Chapter of ACS, and the regional legal community at-large for the organization’s inaugural Southern California Regional Conference featuring two panel presentations on the judiciary. Speakers will include prominent legal scholars, practitioners and nonprofit organization leaders who are experts on the judiciary and constitutional law.

The conference is open to the public.

“This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow progressive law students and lawyers in the Southern California region. As part of the conference there will be a networking lunch and networking reception where attendees can mingle with other attendees and panelists. The inspiration for one of the panels came from Erwin Chemerinsky's new book which was released on Sept. 25, 2014, "The Case Against the Supreme Court" at the end of which he presents five systemic reforms to improve the Supreme Court that we believed warranted public discussion. The conference is free and open to the public.  We are very grateful that Southwestern has opened its doors to host this inaugural ACS regional conference."

- Erin Flynn, President of Southwestern's ACS Chapter


PANEL 1:

JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS VS. JUDICIAL ELECTIONS VS. MIXED SYSTEM: WHICH SYSTEM IS MORE PROGRESSIVE?

Most people do not know who to vote for in judicial elections because not much is known about the candidates. Is the answer to move to an appointment-based system or should the election system be reformed so that the public can learn more about the candidates?

Moderator: Kathay Feng, Executive Director, California Common Cause
Honorable Randolph M. Hammock, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court
Jessica Levinson, Vice-President, Los Angeles Ethics Commission; Clinical Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
Derek Muller, Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine Law School
Gretchen Nelson, Immediate Past Chair, LACBA Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee;  Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler LLP

PANEL 2:

SHOULD THE U.S. SUPREME COURT BE FUNDAMENTALLY REFORMED? IF SO, HOW?

Has the time come to reform the U.S. Supreme Court? Should term-limits and regularized vacancies be imposed upon U.S. Supreme Court justices? Should the confirmation process be made more meaningful? Should the recusal rules be strengthened? These proposals and more will be discussed.

Moderator & Panelist: Adam Winkler, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California, Irvine, School of Law
Warren Grimes, Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School
Stephen Rohde, Esq., Constitutional Lawyer and Immediate Past Chair of the ACLU of Southern California


Click here for the full schedule and speaker information

Registration

To register, click here and click "Next" on the bottom of the page. Please RSVP by Thursday, October 22, 2014.

Note: This is a FREE event.

Location

Bullock’s Wilshire Building, Louis XVI Room – 2nd floor

Southwestern Law School is located at 3050 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. Parking will be FREE. The entrance to the parking lot is located on Wilshire Place just north of Seventh Street. For a map and directions to Southwestern, click here.

Questions?

Contact the Southwestern ACS Student Chapter.