2012 Webcasts

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Joan E. Bowes – James Madison Distinguished Speaker Series

"What's So Great about America"

As in the book of the same name, Dinesh D'Souza gives his most auto-biographical talk about how America has changed both his own life and the history of the world. America's principles, systems of government, and value of individual rights has made it into the most prosperous and powerful nation. This talk is a fascinating look at what makes America so great.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fourth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium

“Law in a Distributed Energy Future”

The forth annual symposium examined emerging law and policy approaches to encourage and accommodate distributed energy solutions. Legal and policy experts from across the country addressed a variety of key issues including the latest developments in the rules that govern the electricity grid change to incorporate distributed generation, possibilities for generating energy at the neighborhood and community levels, and the legal and policy innovations at the federal, state and local levels that are most needed to usher in a distributed energy future.



Stephen P. Ferruolo, Dean and Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
Lesley K. McAllister, Stanley Legro Professor in Environmental Law, University of San Diego School of Law
Joshua Dennis, Editor in Chief, San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law
Scott J. Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law

Morning Keynote

Carla Peterman photoCarla Peterman, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

PANEL ONE: The Rules of the Grid

Tom Brill, Director of Strategic Analysis, San Diego Gas & Electric
Tim Duane, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Joel B. Eisen, Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law
Jason Keyes, Attorney, Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Moderator: Scott J. Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law

PANEL TWO: Community-Scale Generation

Sara C. Bronin, Associate Professor of Law & Program Director, Center for Energy & Environmental Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
Edward Randolph, Director, Energy Division, California Public Utilities Commission
Katherine Trisolini, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola School of Law
Hannah Wiseman, Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Law
Moderator: Julia Pettit, Stoel Rives

PANEL THREE: Legal Innovation and Diffusion

Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School
Lesley K. McAllister, Stanley Legro Professor in Environmental Law, University of San Diego School of Law
J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law, Vanderbilt Law School
Audrey Zibelman, Founder, President and CEO, Viridity Energy
Moderator: Crystal Crawford, Regional Director, Ygrene Energy Fund


Ken Alex photoKen Alex
Senior Policy Advisor to California Governor Jerry Brown and Director of the Office of Planning and Research

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Institute for Law and Religion Debate

“Is Religious Freedom in America at Risk?”

Richard and Andrew during the debateFeatured Debate Participants


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jane Ellen Bergman Memorial Lecture Series Presents Cherie Blair

"Forging the Future: Human Rights, Justice and the Law"

Cherie Blair
Cherie Blair—human rights barrister, part-time judge and wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair—gives her perspectives on life, learning and the law. She discusses highlights from her own career and explains the critical role of lawyers in promoting human rights and rule of law to create a more equitable and sustainable future.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation 
Judicial Lecture on Constitutional Originalism

The Role of the Federal Judge in the Constitutional Structure: An Originalist Perspective

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego

Diarmuid O’ScannlainKeynote Speaker:
The Honorable Diarmuid O’Scannlain, United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit

When jurists and scholars discuss originalism, they often have in mind the original meaning of the Constitution’s words and clauses. But originalism speaks not just of the meaning of the Constitution's textual provisions. It speaks also of the structure established by the Constitution, of the roles that each branch plays in that structure, and of the respect that the federal branches owe to the States and to the people. This lecture examines these structural features and presents an originalist perspective on the federal judge's role—particularly the circuit judge’s role—in the constitutional structure.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Richard Crawford Pugh Lecture on Tax Law & Policy Presents Leslie B. Samuels

Friday, February 3, 2012 – Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation 
Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego

2012 Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation Originalism Works-in-Progress ConferenceSponsored by the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism, the conference will involve the presentation of a variety of new works concerning originalism. All scholars who are interested in originalism are invited to attend. This conference is made possible through support from the Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation.

Conference Introductory Remarks

USD School of Law Dean Stephen Ferruolo and Professor Michael Rappaport open the conference.

First Paper

Second Paper

Third, Fourth and Fifth Papers: Special Session on Enumerated Powers

  • Paper Three Presentation: Kurt Lash (Illinois): “Resolution VI: The Virginia Plan and Authority to Resolve ‘Collective Action Problems’ Under Article I, Sect. 8m” 
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  • Paper Four Presentation: Robert Pushaw (Pepperdine): “Obamacare and the Original Meaning of the Commerce Clause: Identifying Historical Limits on Congress's Powers” 
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  • Paper Five Presentation: John Mikhail (Georgetown): “The Necessary and Proper Clauses”
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  • Papers Three, Four and Five commentary: Jack Balkin (Yale) 
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  • Papers Three, Four and Five discussion: 
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Sixth Paper

Seventh Paper

Eighth Paper

Monday, January 23, 2012

28th Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture

Brown v. Board in the World: How the Global Turn Matters for School Reform, Human Rights, and Legal Knowledge”

2012 Patent Law Conference USD School of LawLocating America’s educational landmark decision in global contexts calls for tracing the influence of Cold War politics on the decision and identifying its relevance and irrelevance to issues of segregated schooling in other nations. Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow will present insights from such a study and discuss the promise and limitations of law-led school reform and its relative power over universal human rights norms, local doctrine and politics.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Second Annual USD Patent Law Conference: The Future of Patent Law

Patent Law Conference at USD School of Law“The Future of Patent Law” addressed the America Invents Act and other landmark changes in patent law taking place at the Federal Circuit, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and globally.


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