I will be speaking this morning at the plenary session of the Sixth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference of the Federalist Society. The panel on The Deregulatory Landscape will be composed of myself, the Hon. W. Neil Eggleston, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (and former Obama White House Counsel); Todd Gaziano, Director, Center for the Separation of Powers, Pacific Legal Foundation; Philip A. Hamburger, Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; and Prof. Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, George Washington University. The panel will be moderated by the Hon. Greg Katsas, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. The panel will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 at the Mayflower Hotel and will be live streamed.
On Saturday, I will address a conference at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans, speaking before the Association of American Appellate Lawyers. I will be speaking with The Hon. Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on “Trends on Civil Rights in the Supreme Court of the United States in the 21st Century”. The event will be moderated by Barry W. Ashe, a partner at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC and a pending nominee for federal district court in the Eastern District.
Andrew Jackson Higdon III may be unique among accused felons. While burglars and thieves have been known to take a variety of novel items, how many are accused of actually carting away the actual roof?
California reached a milestone recently in its immigration laws: the state has now given over one million illegal or undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses. Passed in 2013 by sponsor Luis Alejo, Assembly Bill 60 required the California Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants as long as they can prove their identity and residence within the state. As of March 31st, some 1,001,000 undocumented immigrants have received licenses. The state has reached this goal at a time when it is on a collision course with the Trump Administration on immigration enforcement as well as some of its own cities. The result is rising rhetoric on both sides and an inevitable court fight.
On Tuesday, March 6, at noon, I will have the pleasure of speaking as part of the screening of Democracy’s Messengers: The Never-Before-Told Story of Young Americans on Capitol Hill at the National Archives. Narrated by Cokie Roberts, the film Democracy’s Messengers tells the story our page system. I was a House page in 1978-79 and eventually served as a House Leadership Page. I will be part of a panel discussing our experiences ij the program. Register to attend online. You can also watch the program live streamed on the National Archives YouTube channel.
I recently criticized the new Polish law criminalizing any statements attributing the genocide of Jews to Polish forces or actions. The legislature approved a bill making it a crime to use statements suggesting Poland bears responsibility for crimes against humanity committed by Nazi Germany. You could receive up to three years in prison for calling Auschwitz-Birkenau a “Polish death camp.” USNews is reporting that the first target of this abusive law has now been announced: the Argentine Pagina 12 daily. The newspaper was accused of breaching a new law by suggesting that Poland was complicit in the Holocaust.