Citizens United v. FEC: A Debate

February 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Citizens United v. FEC: A Debate

On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce in a landmark decision. Penned by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the majority opinion in Citizens United v. FEC struck down several federal laws that prohibited independent political expenditures by unions and corporations (1). The decision did not overturn […]

Does the Punishment Fit the Offender?

February 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Does the Punishment Fit the Offender?

Life without the possibility of parole is a lenient sentence for an adult convicted of murder. It is also a lenient sentence for a youth offender convicted of murder. It is not, however, a lenient sentence for a juvenile convicted of a non-homicidal crime. In fact, life without the possibility of parole for non-homicidal youth […]

2010 ACS National Student Writing Competition

January 7, 2010 | Comments Off on 2010 ACS National Student Writing Competition

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s American Constitution Society student chapter announce the fifth annual National Student Writing Competition for law students nationwide. The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in the summer of 2010 and […]

On the Regulation of Corporate Political Speech: Response to Professor Meese

November 23, 2009 | Comments Off on On the Regulation of Corporate Political Speech: Response to Professor Meese

By Sam Robinson First, a note of thanks to both Prof. Van Alstyne and Prof. Meese for sharing their wisdom on these important matters.  Recognizing that I come to this debate at something of a disadvantage against these two heavyweights, I would nonetheless like to offer this brief response to Prof. Meese’s comment. At the […]

ACS Holiday Reception

November 20, 2009 | Comments Off on ACS Holiday Reception

Please join the Board, staff, fellow ACS members and supporters and special guests as we celebrate another successful year for the American Constitution Society.  We will thank outgoing Board members Teresa Wynn Roseborough and Paul Smith for their outstanding service and hear welcome remarks from our distinguished speaker: Thomas J. Perrelli Associate Attorney General of […]

It’s Time to Close Guantanamo?

November 18, 2009 | Comments Off on It’s Time to Close Guantanamo?

President Obama’s plan to transport suspected terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States to be tried in American criminal courts came one step closer to fruition on Tuesday when congress voted down a measure to prevent the move.  Nevertheless, those who oppose the president’s plan have not given up hope.  Rep. Mark Kirk, […]

On the Regulation of Corporate Political Speech

November 16, 2009 | Comments Off on On the Regulation of Corporate Political Speech

By Professor Alan J. Meese The Blog of the William and Mary Chapter of the American Constitution Society recently posted an article reporting on and summarizing William Van Alstyne’s November 11 lecture regarding Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, currently pending before the Supreme Court. At the end of the last term, the Court ordered […]

William Van Alstyne Speaks on Citizens United v. FEC

November 11, 2009 | Comments Off on William Van Alstyne Speaks on Citizens United v. FEC

Today, William Van Alstyne, a professor at William and Mary Law, spoke on Citizens United v. FEC, a case heard before the Supreme Court this fall, and he offered his projections as to how this case is likely to be resolved. Van Alstyne pointed out that the case has vast implications for First Amendment rights […]

Conspiracy

November 7, 2009 | Comments Off on Conspiracy

This week has been extremely hectic, so instead of gathering research, I will simply tell a personal story of mine. In college, I was president of a national honor society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS.)  In 2008, we held our national convention at the Coronado Springs Hotel in Orlando, Florida.  It was here where […]

Deeds v. McDonnell (round 2)

November 3, 2009 | Comments Off on Deeds v. McDonnell (round 2)

Deeds (D) and McDonnell (R) faced off once before, when they ran for attorney general. For those unfamiliar with Virginia politics, McDonnell won that race. This time Deeds and McDonnell are in a battle for governor. At this point, the odds are against the democratic candidate. As of October 27, 2009, Deeds was thirteen points […]

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