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UNCERTAIN JUSTICE
The Roberts Court and the Constitution

TUESDAY  •  OCTOBER 14, 2014

LIVE
State Bar of Georgia Conference Center
104 Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, Georgia

TELECONFERENCE
Coastal Georgia Office - State Bar of Georgia
18 E. Bay St.
Savannah, Georgia

South Georgia Office - State Bar of Georgia
244 E. Second St.
Tifton, Georgia

CLE Hours:
3 CLE Hours including 1 Professionalism Hour (optional, self-report)

Co-Sponsor:
Constitutional Law Section, State Bar of Georgia

Presiding:
Charles L. Ruffin, President, State Bar of Georgia (2013–2014); Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., Atlanta and Macon

Featured Speaker:  Laurence H. Tribe
Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard, has taught at its Law School since 1968. Tribe has taught two generations of America’s most noteworthy constitutional lawyers. Some went on to become judges and justices, one to become Chief Justice, and one President of the United States. Professor Tribe has prevailed in three-fifths of the many appellate cases he has argued (including 35 in the U.S. Supreme Court). His treatise, American Constitutional Law, has been cited more than any other legal text since 1950. The Northwestern Law Review opined that no-one else “in American history has... simultaneously achieved Tribe’s preeminence... as a practitioner and scholar of constitutional law.”

From Citizens United to its momentous rulings regarding Obamacare and gay marriage, this Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has proven itself willing, even eager to affect American life. Political gridlock, cultural change, and technological progress mean that this Court’s decisions on key topics, such as free speech, privacy, voting rights, gun rights, health care, and presidential power, could be uniquely durable. Tribe digs deeply into the Court’s recent rulings, stepping beyond tired debates over judicial “activism” to draw out hidden meanings and silent battles.

You will be a more effective and knowledgeable participant in legal battles and political discussions by taking part in this conversation. In this illuminating talk, Tribe travels well beyond the interesting. What he has to say is vitally important.

Professor Tribe’s presentation will be followed by a lively and challenging session featuring Justice David Nahmias of the Supreme Court of Georgia and Professor David Oedel of the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University.

SPECIAL BONUS:
Your registration includes a copy of Professor Tribe and Joshua Matz’s new, 401 page hardcover book, Uncertain Justice (Henry Holt, 2014), a New York Times Editor’s Choice!

8:15

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(All attendees must check in upon arrival. A jacket or sweater is recommended.)

8:55
WELCOME AND PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Charles L. Ruffin
9:00
UNCERTAIN JUSTICE (PART I)
Professor Laurence H. Tribe
10:00
BREAK
10:15

UNCERTAIN JUSTICE (PART II)
Professor Laurence H. Tribe

11:15
THOUGHTS ON THE court and the CONSTITUTION
Hon. David E. Nahmias, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta
Professor David G. Oedel, Professor, Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Macon
12:15
ADJOURN