Events

Cops & Cocktails: Know Your Rights When the Cops Approach
Join the Federalist Society, Consovoy McCarthy Park, the Liberty & Law Center, and the National Security Institute for Cops & Cocktails: an entertaining lecture on what do when approached by the police. Former police officer turned Army Officer turned federal prosecutor, Arthur Rizer (Adjunct Professor and NSI Fellow) will use his real life experience to give you the run down on how to resist the police and protect your civil liberties while being supportive of the police mission. He will also address the rising police militarization in America. Come learn what your rights are and be able to answer all of your friends burning questions about police interactions. This lecture will be followed by a reception in the atrium featuring wine donated by Cabana Winery along with beer and heavy hors d’oeuvres! Students, Faculty, Alumni, local professionals, and members of the community welcome!

The talk given by Professor Rizer will begin at 6pm in the Founders Hall multipurpose room 125 (1st floor, far left when facing Arlington Campus building). There will be signs and students to guide you. Parking is availible in the Founders Hall and Vernon Smith Garages. Information can be found here under “visitor parking” https://transportation.gmu.edu/arlington/. RSVP requested by not required.

Liberty & Law Reading Group
The Liberty & Law Center hosts a reading group each semester. For Fall 2018 we are reading F. A. Hayek’s Law, Legislation, and Liberty. We will post the Spring 2019 book once it has been finalized. All members of the Scalia Law community are welcome to participate.

Past Events:

Discussion Over Division
Discussion Over Division, a project of the Liberty & Law Center, matches Scalia Law students with another student (or small group of students) of a differing ideology, and provides a meal over which the students can have a conversation about their beliefs, issues of importance, or other substantive topics. Two sessions took place on March 25th and March 26th. Additional sessions are planned for Fall of 2019.

A Conversation With Judge Leon
The Federalist Society, Liberty & Law Center, and the Law & Economics Center hosted a conversation featuring Judge Richard Leon of the D.C. District Court and Dean Butler. Judge Leon has served on the D.C. District Court since 2002 and recently presided over the case involving the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner. This event took place Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

1L Essay Contest
The Liberty & Law Center and the Federalist Society invited students to write an up to 2000-word essay on the topic: How to promote a culture of open debate and tolerance for ideological diversity at universities in general, or at law schools specifically. The first-place prize was $2000; There were also $500 prizes for two runners-up.

A Conversation with Judge Katsas
On November 29, 2018, the Liberty & Law Center partnered with the Scalia Law School’s Federalist Society to host Judge Katsas, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, for a conversation and lunch with law students.

Liberty & Libations: Is Public Interest Litigation for You?
On November 19, 2018, the Liberty & Law Center, in collaboration with the American Freedom Network and Goldwater Institute, hosted Jon Riches and Clark Neily to speak about their experiences in public interest litigation and how public interest litigation might fit into the students’ careers. In addition, Mr. Neily talked about Scalia Law’s new Public Interest Litigation and Advocacy Training Program. A cocktail reception followed the event.

Emerging Issues in Free Speech: A Conversation with Nadine Strossen and Eugene Volokh
On November 14, 2018, the Liberty and Law Center hosted a conversation with two leading First Amendment experts – Eugene Volokh, of the Volokh Conspiracy Blog, and Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU – on emerging and unresolved issues in free speech. The conversation was facilitated by Bradley A. Smith, former Chairman of the FEC and Founder and Chairman of the Institute for Free Speech. A reception followed.

The Fourteenth Amendment at 150: “America’s Second Founding”
The Institute for Justice and the Liberty & Law Center hosted a symposium on September 21, 2018, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Research Roundtable: The Fourteenth Amendment: “America’s Second Founding”
On June 28-29, 2018, the Liberty & Law Center held a round-table discussion analyzing and providing feedback on six law review articles on the Fourteenth Amendment.

The Irony of Libertarianism: Book Review and Critique
The Liberty & Law Center brought together a range of scholars and policy analysts for a pre-publication review and critique of Andrew Koppelman’s new book, The Corruption of Libertarianism.

Corey DeAngelis on Police Vouchers
The Liberty and Law Center co-hosted a talk by Corey DeAngelis on the subject of police vouchers on March 27th. Police vouchers represent a private alternative to modern law enforcement and Corey, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, will discuss this unique approach to policing.