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What to do on FedSoc Eve:

The Federalist Society's annual conference in Washington, D.C., opens on Thursday, November 20. The evening before, the Mason Law Federalist Society and American Constitution Society are co-hosting a symposium on D.C. v. Heller. The events takes place from 5-8 p.m. at GMU Law School, in Arlington, Virgnia. Speakers include Steve Halbrook, Nelson Lund, Clark Neily, John Frazer, and me, on the side of the Standard Model, and Alan Morrison, Dennis Henigan, and others, on the opposite side. My presentation, in the panel "Looking Back at the History of the 2nd Amendment," will be about the natural law roots of the Second Amendment; it's the topic of my forthcoming article in the Syracuse Law Review. The event is free, although if you want the 3 CLE credits, there is a $25 fee. Registration is here.

zippypinhead:
Dave, will there be either a transcript or an audio playback available for those who can't make it live?
11.9.2008 8:57pm
mls (www):
Normally I stay home and wait to see if Justice Scalia will come down the chimney, but this sounds like fun too.
11.9.2008 9:10pm
Soronel Haetir (mail):
So what do the collective right folks trot out now that their previous answer has been dismissed?
11.9.2008 10:12pm
zippypinhead:
So what do the collective right folks trot out now that their previous answer has been dismissed?

1. "Reasonable Restrictions?"
2. "Justice Breyer was right?"
11.9.2008 10:43pm
Light Hearted (mail):
What, you're not inviting the President-elect, a famous Harvard alum who has worked on Constitutional law at U of C and has spoken out on this very issue?
11.9.2008 11:17pm
Jon Roland (mail) (www):
Do we get extra points for dunking ACS types in the punch bowl when they try to gloat over the results of the election?
11.9.2008 11:19pm
J. Aldridge:
Never understood what "natural law right of self-defense" has to do with declaring Congress has no power to disarm state organized militias.
11.9.2008 11:30pm
gwinje:
Maybe it's too late for me to think, but have there been any recent attempts by congress to "disarm state organized militias" that have implicated the 2nd (or, for that matter, Aldridge's (Bingham's?) favorite, the 14th) amendment that I missed?
11.10.2008 3:51am
Tom Perkins (mail):

Never understood what "natural law right of self-defense" has to do with declaring Congress has no power to disarm state organized militias.


Because the arms of the militia are their private property, and the possession of them is not separable from the natural law right of self defense.

Yours, TDP, ml, msl &pfpp
11.10.2008 6:58am
J. Aldridge:
Tom, I know of only two states who allowed militia members to provide their own arms, and if they couldn't they were provided arms out of public stock.

Patrick Henry: "The great object is that every man be armed… . But we have learned, by experience, that, necessary as it is to have arms, and though our Assembly has, by a succession of laws for many years, endeavored to have the militia completely armed, it is still far from being the case. When this power is given up to Congress without limitation or bounds, how will your militia be armed?"
11.10.2008 8:06am
Steve in CT:
Hopefully C-Span will cover this event.
11.10.2008 8:17am
elim:
might want to work on scrubbing your resumes. don't expect many outraged stories on how the DOJ is blacklisting your kind.
11.10.2008 1:54pm
Tom Perkins (mail):

Tom, I know of only two states who allowed militia members to provide their own arms,


You are making recourse, I suppose, to laws. In practice, all permitted the use of private arms up until the adoption of standardized calibers with arms of ostensibly interchangeable parts.

For example, the numbers of backwoodsmen who served with Jackson against the British, who were certainly the militia called to federal service.

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, &pfpp
11.10.2008 2:50pm
Mr. X (www):
Is the event on the 20th, as indicated by Mr. Kopel's post, or on the 19th, as indicated in the agenda posted on the GME Federalist Society web page?
11.14.2008 9:57am