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Center for Policy Studies

Public Affairs Discussion Group

U.S. Supreme Court Forecast

Jonathan Adler, J.D. - Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Jonathan Entin, J.D. - Professor of Law and Political Science at Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Kenneth F. Ledford, Ph.D., J.D. - Associate Professor of History and Law at Case Western Reserve University
Dear Colleagues:

The Supreme Court’s new term begins on the First Monday in October. So each year the Center for Policy Studies invites a panel of our distinguished Law faculty to discuss what major issues are on the docket, how they might be decided, and why. This year there is something about a health care law, but other issues as well…

Jonathan Adler is Professor of Law and Directs the CWRU Center for Business Law and Regulation. Jonathan Entin is Professor of Law and Political Science. Ken Ledford is Associate Professor of History and Law. Their wide range of views and expertise ensures that the presentation every year is filled with both information and insight.

Very best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

A New Location

We are unfortunately unable to continue to gather in the Inamori Center classrooms. Many thanks to Shannon French for arranging that for the past few years, but we have to move on. We are very fortunate that the Kelvin Smith Library has stepped up to help out. So we'll meet each Friday when classes are in session in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, it is just around the corner to the right.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level (labeled as for the Thwing Center); it is less than 50 yards from that exit to the library entrance. There is also on-street parking on both East Drive and Bellflower. Both are fairly short walks from the library.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

September 2: Supreme Court Preview. Jonathan Entin, Professor of Law and Political Science; Jonathan Adler, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation; Kenneth Ledford, Associate Professor of History and Law. This discussion will be moderated by Kenneth F. Ledford, Associate Professor of History and Law.

September 9:The Budget: Obama’s Vietnam. Joseph White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy

September 16: The National Broadband Plan: Policy and Politics. Lev Gonick, Vice President of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer.

September 23: Large Scale Utility Energy Storage. Robert F. Savinell, George S. Dively Professor of Chemical Engineering.

September 30: The Arab Spring – and Beyond. Pete W. Moore, Associate Professor of Political Science

October 7: Outsourcing and Offshoring Legal Services.  Cassandra Burke Robertson, Associate Professor of Law

October 14: The Campaign for the Republican Nomination for President.  Justin Buchler, Associate Professor of Political Science

October 21: What Can We Do With Vacant Land in Shrinking Cities?  W. Dennis Keating, Levin College Distinguished Professor, Cleveland State University

October 28: Should the Workday Include Time for Naps? Research Concerning Sleep and Productivity. Elizabeth Click, Assistant Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

November 4: (Re)Regulating Financial Services: How Laws May Work in Practice.  Michael Wager J.D., Squire, Sanders and Dempsey

November 11: How are Successful Companies and Successful Universities Alike?  Richard E. Boyatzis, Distinguished University Professor and H. R. Horvitz Chair of Family Business, Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science.

November 18: Wikipedia in the University.  Peter Shulman, Assistant Professor of History.

November 25: No Session - Thanksgiving Break

December 2: University Circle Update. Steven Litt, Architecture Critic, Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 9: TBA

August 29, 2011

Upcoming Events

Freedom to Marry and the Constitution

Professor George W. Dent, Jr., Schott-Van Den Eyden Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Professor Mark P. Strasser, Trustees Professor of Law Capital University Law School.

September 15, 2011, 4:30-6 p.m., Moot Courtroom, Case Western Reserve University School of Law,11075 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio.

Sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of Government and Community Relations, Center for Policy Studies, and the School of Law. Forum planned by the Case Western Reserve University Constitution Day 2011 Undergraduate and Law Student Committee. This program is free and open to the public.

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed by Congress in 1996, defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. As a result, same-sex couples are barred from receiving federal benefits conferred upon married couples, and no state is required to recognize same-sex marriages granted by another state.

On February 23, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama Administration had determined DOMA to be unconstitutional, and that the Justice Department would no longer provide legal defense for the law. Meanwhile, many states have adopted measures designed to forbid same-sex marriage. This year's Constitution Day program will examine the issues raised by DOMA, state regulations, civil unions, polygamy, and other constitutional issues related to marriage.

The program will include opposing perspectives from the speakers, questions from a student panel, and Q&A with the audience. It aims to encourage a thoughtful exchange of ideas.

George W. Dent, J.D. (Columbia), LL.M. (NYU), taught law at NYU, Yeshiva, and NY Law School before joining the CWRU faculty in 1990. He is the Associate Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation and has written extensively on the subject of same-sex marriage. Mark P. Strasser, J.D. (Stanford), Ph.D. (Chicago), is recognized nationally and internationally as the author of books, such as Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and the Rule of Law, and numerous articles on related subjects.

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