Monday, April 1, 2013

Robert Levy to speak at Northwestern

Please join us for our Final Event of the school year!  Robert Levy, Chairman of the Cato Institute, will speak on Tuesday, April 2 at 12 noon in RB 140.  He will discuss the topic, “Constitutional Relevance in the Age of Obama.”  He will focus on theories of constitutional interpretation, President Obama’s criteria for judicial appointments, and federalism in the context of public policy debates on the regulatory state, economic liberties, health care, and law-related obstacles to economic growth.

Filet Mignon Steaks from Gibson’s Steakhouse, along with tuna salad & cheesecake desserts, will be provided!

Dr. Levy is the founder & former CEO of CDA Investment Technologies, a major provider of financial information and software.  He holds a Ph.D. in business from American University and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.  He has served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University.  He is the author of numerous publications, including the co-author of The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom.

Funding for this event has been provided by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New Executive Board Announced

Please join us in congratulating the 2013-14 Northwestern Law Federalist Society Executive Board!

Christopher Moberg

Jeffrey Kinney

Vice Presidents of Speakers
Margaret Heitkamp and William O'Hara

Vice President of Faculty Outreach
Katherine Allison

Vice President of Student Outreach
Jeremy Beh

Vice President of Technology
Benjamin Waldin

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Call for Applicants to our Executive Board

The Federalist Society at Northwestern is looking for new members to be on the Executive Board for the 2013-14 academic year.  If interested, please notify our e-mail address ( 

The Federalist Society is a non-partisan conservative and libertarian organization dedicated to freedom, federalism, and judicial restraint. The Federalist Society seeks to educate the legal community through its programs and publications about how limited constitutional government based on the rule of law can have a positive effect on law and public policy.  

If any of these ideals sound appealing to you, we'd love to hear from you.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Richard Redding to speak at Northwestern

Richard Redding, Professor of Law and Psychology at Chapman University, will speak on Thursday, March 7 at 12 noon in RB 150.  He will argue that the culture of political correctness has a significant influence on American higher education.

In The Politically Correct University: Problems, Scope, and Reforms (AEI Press, 2009), Robert Maranto, Richard E. Redding, and Frederick M. Hess examine how the politically correct imperative to promote "diversity"- of race, ethnicity, and gender, but not of ideas - has diverted higher education from its true purposes. The book offers empirical research on the role of conservative professors and students in the academy; explorations of how the reverence for diversity plays out in practice; the legal and educational history of “diversity,” and suggestions for how the politically correct university might be reformed, including implications for affirmative action policies as well as scholarship and teaching in the legal academy.

Please click here to see an op-ed that briefly touches on some of the issues that Prof. Redding will explore in his speech.

(Note: the time and location of this event have been updated)

Monday, February 25, 2013

John Weicher speaks at Northwestern

Today, Mr. Weicher discussed U.S. housing policy before, during, and after the financial crisis of 2007-09.  He placed special focus on the roles of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).  Mr. Weicher graciously answered student questions and noted the impressive depth of several of the questions.

This event was recorded and we hope to post video from this event soon.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Doug Bandow speaks at Northwestern

Today, Mr. Bandow covered the main issues pertaining to America’s budget crisis.  He addressed virtually all of the main talking points that opponents use to minimize the U.S. budget problem.  Mr. Bandow graciously answered student questions for the maximum allotted time.

This event was recorded and we hope to post video from this event soon.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Upcoming Events

(all with free food!)
  • Monday, February 18 at 12 noon: Mr. Doug Bandow, Cato Institute Senior Fellow, will speak about the U.S. budget crisis in RB 180. A lasagna lunch will be provided. 

  • Monday, February 25 at 12 noon: Mr. John Weicher, Hudson Institute Senior Fellow, will speak about the housing meltdown in RB 180.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mike Lewis & Stephen Sawyer debate Drones & Targeted Killings

On October 29, 2012, Prof. Mike Lewis and Prof. Stephen Sawyer debated the legality of drone strikes and targeted killings at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Stuart Anderson & Joshua Karsh debate Immigration


On October 18, 2012, Mr. Stuart Anderson and Mr. Joshua Karsh debated various topics related to U.S. immigration law at the Northwestern University School of Law.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

John Kunich discusses Free Market Environmentalism

On October 17, 2012, Prof. John Kunich discussed his theory of how free markets and environmentalism can coexist at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL.