Illini Federalist Society

Illini Federalist Society *2019-2020 Creative Publicity Award Winner and Chapter of the Year Finalist* *2018-2019 University of Illinois College of Law Program of Distinction Award Winner* *2017-2018 Chapter of the Year Finalist* *2016-2017 Most Improved Chapter Finalist*

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

Operating as usual

Happy thanksgiving! Have a great break!
11/23/2020

Happy thanksgiving! Have a great break!

Two timely talks coming at you from Illinois FedSoc! We're talking Stare Decisis for Originalist Judges (Friday 10/30) a...
10/29/2020

Two timely talks coming at you from Illinois FedSoc! We're talking Stare Decisis for Originalist Judges (Friday 10/30) and looking at Presidential Power from a Historical Perspective (Monday 11/2).

Friday October 30 at 2pm on Zoom, the Illinois Federalist Society will host Professor Randy Barnett to discuss what the judicial doctrine of stare decisis means for an originalist!
Register to attend: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvc-GsrTgjH9F4azzizDUifR7oYIOz4Zqc
Next week, on Monday, November 2 at Noon, we’ll be hosting Logan Beirne, author of Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency for his talk on “Presidential Power: A Historical Perspective on Today.”
Register for the Presidential Powers event here: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvcuivpjstGdPbp3uAEFjrx_krHsgTmdEB

Friday October 30 at 2pm, the Illinois Federalist Society will host Professor Randy Barnett to discuss what stare decisi...
10/23/2020

Friday October 30 at 2pm, the Illinois Federalist Society will host Professor Randy Barnett to discuss what stare decisis means for an originalist!

Register to attend: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvc-GsrTgjH9F4azzizDUifR7oYIOz4Zqc

"Stare decisis is the doctrine that a court should rule the way a previous court ruled even when the judges of the second court disagree with the earlier ruling. This doctrine poses an obvious problem for an originalist judge or justice. If a previous judicial decision reached an outcome contrary to what the original meaning of the Constitution requires, the originalist judge or justice is bound to rule contrary to that original meaning. In this way, the doctrine of stare decisis puts the rule provided by previous judges above the rule provided by the text of the Constitution."
- Randy E. Barnett (from his most recent writing on the topic, found here: https://lawliberty.org/forum/stare-decisis-for-originalist-judges/)

In the last few years, "an astonishingly cross‐​ideological cast of public interest organizations ranging from the ACLU ...
10/14/2020

In the last few years, "an astonishingly cross‐​ideological cast of public interest organizations ranging from the ACLU and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Second Amendment Foundation" have been working together to end the doctrine of Qualified Immunity- but what is Qualified Immunity, and how is it that ideologically-diverse groups can come together on this issue?

The Illinois Federalist Society will host guest speaker Clark Neily of the Cato Institute to hear him address the issue of Qualified Immunity as it relates to police brutality. Our own Professor Margareth Etienne will join us to discuss!

In the spirit of our old in-person free lunch events, 13 lucky UIUC students who register ahead and attend this event will receive a $15 “lunch” giftcard from FedSoc!

Register in advance for this Zoom event:
https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsceiprDkjGtOy_x5q6bYQozVyRoP7pWEJ


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

•We’re so excited to hear both from this big name speaker and from UIUC’s own Jason Mazzone! •Get a preview before the e...
10/01/2020

•We’re so excited to hear both from this big name speaker and from UIUC’s own Jason Mazzone!

•Get a preview before the event by reading this publication from FedSoc on the topic that mentions Eugene Volokh: https://fedsoc.org/commentary/publications/free-speech-and-hostile-environment-harassment

•Follow us on twitter @IllinoisFedSoc and on Instagram @illinoisfedsoc if you don’t already to stay updated on events!

•Register in less than a minute with the link in our bio or the link in the post below to attend the event (and have a chance to win a free lunch and gift card if you’re a student!)

•Whether you’re a student, alumni, or someone else, we hope to see you there!

This coming Monday! What is the tension between free speech and hostile environment law, and how can it be resolved? Join the Illinois Federalist Society as we hear Eugene Volokh (Professor at UCLA School of Law and First Amendment expert) share his perspective on this issue!

Be sure to register and attend for a chance to win a free lunch and be entered in the SBA weekly raffle!

Register: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlfumuqD8oHNPc4bwxldyHm2g04_XimAPy

This coming Monday! What is the tension between free speech and hostile environment law, and how can it be resolved? Joi...
09/30/2020

This coming Monday! What is the tension between free speech and hostile environment law, and how can it be resolved? Join the Illinois Federalist Society as we hear Eugene Volokh (Professor at UCLA School of Law and First Amendment expert) share his perspective on this issue!

Be sure to register and attend for a chance to win a free lunch and be entered in the SBA weekly raffle!

Register: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlfumuqD8oHNPc4bwxldyHm2g04_XimAPy

We hope to see everyone at our event today at noon!
09/29/2020

We hope to see everyone at our event today at noon!

Join the Illinois Federalist Society to hear Anya Bidwell share the life story of Elfie Gallun, a woman born in East Prussia in 1932. As a child, Gallun endured Hitler’s Germany, only to be trapped in Stalinist East Germany after the war. Gallun’s struggle for freedom stresses the importance and fragility of freedom and provides a perspective from one who viewed the United States as a beacon of liberty to oppressed peoples throughout the world.

Having grown up in the former Soviet Union herself, Anya shares a deep appreciation of the precious nature of liberty. At the age of 16, Anya left her native Kyrgyzstan to seek freedom and opportunity in America. Anya Bidwell is an attorney and became the third Elfie Gallun fellow in Liberty and the Constitution at the Institute for Justice in 2019.
Register here: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUudu-hpj0qEtJF4e5PlxqYpn86CYdXEZ6P

Join the Illinois Federalist Society to hear Anya Bidwell share the life story of Elfie Gallun, a woman born in East Pru...
09/22/2020

Join the Illinois Federalist Society to hear Anya Bidwell share the life story of Elfie Gallun, a woman born in East Prussia in 1932. As a child, Gallun endured Hitler’s Germany, only to be trapped in Stalinist East Germany after the war. Gallun’s struggle for freedom stresses the importance and fragility of freedom and provides a perspective from one who viewed the United States as a beacon of liberty to oppressed peoples throughout the world.

Having grown up in the former Soviet Union herself, Anya shares a deep appreciation of the precious nature of liberty. At the age of 16, Anya left her native Kyrgyzstan to seek freedom and opportunity in America. Anya Bidwell is an attorney and became the third Elfie Gallun fellow in Liberty and the Constitution at the Institute for Justice in 2019.
Register here: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUudu-hpj0qEtJF4e5PlxqYpn86CYdXEZ6P

Congratulations to our new 1L representatives and social Chair! #fedsoc #lawschool #uiuc
09/18/2020

Congratulations to our new 1L representatives and social Chair! #fedsoc #lawschool #uiuc

TODAY at noon! There's still time to register to attend!
09/15/2020

TODAY at noon! There's still time to register to attend!

We’re so excited for our first event of the year! 🙌Please join us on Tuesday September 15th, at noon for a great discussion on privacy law in the digital era.

UIUC students can register and attend for a chance to win gift cards! And law students will also be entered in SBA’s weekly raffle
Register: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqceigpz0qEtKOZdT8_F3lw0o44cNcd8WB

We’re so excited for our first event of the year! 🙌Please join us on Tuesday September 15th, at noon for a great discuss...
09/12/2020

We’re so excited for our first event of the year! 🙌Please join us on Tuesday September 15th, at noon for a great discussion on privacy law in the digital era.

UIUC students can register and attend for a chance to win gift cards! And law students will also be entered in SBA’s weekly raffle
Register: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqceigpz0qEtKOZdT8_F3lw0o44cNcd8WB

TODAY- September 4, 4-5pm!!! Students of UIUC, you're invited to come learn about the Federalist Society and meet some o...
09/04/2020

TODAY- September 4, 4-5pm!!! Students of UIUC, you're invited to come learn about the Federalist Society and meet some of our members at our online social! Register using your illinois.edu email address at this link:
https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvfu-sqDgoGt0lJ9lM0l4pCIlISn0uAqTG

If you have any questions, or can't make it this afternoon, but would like more information about getting involved with the Federalist Society here at Illinois, email us at [email protected].

Students of UIUC, you're invited to come learn about the Federalist Society and meet some of our members at our online s...
09/03/2020

Students of UIUC, you're invited to come learn about the Federalist Society and meet some of our members at our online social this Friday, September 4 4-5pm! Register using your illinois.edu email address at this link:
https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvfu-sqDgoGt0lJ9lM0l4pCIlISn0uAqTG

If you have any questions, or can't make it on Friday, but would like more information about getting involved with the Federalist Society here at Illinois, email us at [email protected].

We hope everyone had a safe and relaxing summer! we’re so excited to meet all the new incoming students soon ☀️
08/03/2020

We hope everyone had a safe and relaxing summer! we’re so excited to meet all the new incoming students soon ☀️

The national Federalist Society has organized a virtual conference entitled “Covid-19 and the Law.” It will includes pan...
06/02/2020

The national Federalist Society has organized a virtual conference entitled “Covid-19 and the Law.” It will includes panels such as “Government vs Private Decisionmaking” and “Civil Liberties and Covid-19.” The conference will live stream on June 11th and 12th. More info can be found at FedSoc.org #fedsoc #fedsocevents

Introducing our 2020-2021 Executive Board!We also want to take the time to thank our current board, who spent a lot of t...
04/18/2020

Introducing our 2020-2021 Executive Board!

We also want to take the time to thank our current board, who spent a lot of time and energy putting together a fantastic lineup of events for this spring semester, many of which were canceled.

Thank you to the College of Law community for your incredible engagement and willingness to discuss important issues this past year. We averaged 81 attendants per speaker event in the fall semester!

We leave the club in good hands, and look forward to seeing many of you next year!

04/04/2020
ASU Federalist Society

Good catch ASU!

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We’re so honored to have been awarded the Creative Publicity Feddie! Unfortunately our remaining four events have to be ...
03/15/2020

We’re so honored to have been awarded the Creative Publicity Feddie! Unfortunately our remaining four events have to be cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, but thank you to everyone who attended our events this year. We’ll be back in the fall with many more interesting speakers, and until then, stay safe!

We had a great discussion today with Professors Strang and Mazzone about Originalism’s place in constitutional interpret...
03/10/2020

We had a great discussion today with Professors Strang and Mazzone about Originalism’s place in constitutional interpretation! #FedSocEvents

03/09/2020

Live now in Room D! A conversation about constitutional interpretation with Professor Strang

Join us tomorrow at noon as we welcome Professor Strang for an engaging talk on constitutional interpretation! Pizza fro...
03/09/2020

Join us tomorrow at noon as we welcome Professor Strang for an engaging talk on constitutional interpretation! Pizza from Papa Del's will be served!

Join us this Wednesday in room D at noon for a screening of They Say It Can’t Be Done! The documentary follows four comp...
03/01/2020

Join us this Wednesday in room D at noon for a screening of They Say It Can’t Be Done! The documentary follows four companies as they try and help solve some of the world’s largest problems through innovation. Chick-fil-A will be served! #ItCanBeDone

Join us tomorrow to watch the Nevada Democratic Debate!
02/18/2020

Join us tomorrow to watch the Nevada Democratic Debate!

We are proud to announce that this year we are finalists for both the James Madison Award for Chapter of the Year and th...
02/12/2020

We are proud to announce that this year we are finalists for both the James Madison Award for Chapter of the Year and the Thomas Paine Award for Creative Publicity!

02/11/2020

Join us for a lively panel on the implications Janus has had!

Two years ago we hosted an event discussing what the pending Janus decision might mean for the American workforce. Join ...
02/07/2020

Two years ago we hosted an event discussing what the pending Janus decision might mean for the American workforce. Join us this Tuesday as we co-host a panel to look at the impact Janus has had since its decision! Chipotle will be served! @fedsoc #FedSocEvents

We had a great time hosting Professor Duncan and examining the potential effect of the Equality Act on religious liberty...
02/05/2020

We had a great time hosting Professor Duncan and examining the potential effect of the Equality Act on religious liberty while thinking about the possible common ground that could be found between the two @fedsoc #FedSocEvents

Join us in welcoming back Professor Duncan as he discusses how the proposed Equality Act would affect religious liberty!...
02/03/2020

Join us in welcoming back Professor Duncan as he discusses how the proposed Equality Act would affect religious liberty! Today at noon in Room D @fedsoc #FedSocEvents

Had a great time chatting and eating delicious food at our spring recruitment social! Stay tuned for posts on our eight ...
02/02/2020

Had a great time chatting and eating delicious food at our spring recruitment social! Stay tuned for posts on our eight upcoming events this semester! @fedsoc #FedSocEvents

Curious about the Federalist Society, and would like to learn more? Join us this Friday at 7pm for our first social even...
01/27/2020

Curious about the Federalist Society, and would like to learn more? Join us this Friday at 7pm for our first social event of the semester! @fedsoc #fedsocevents

Tomorrow night! Join us to watch the Fifth Democratic Debate at 75 E Armory #FedSocEvents
11/19/2019

Tomorrow night! Join us to watch the Fifth Democratic Debate at 75 E Armory #FedSocEvents

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