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The New England School of Law Federalist Society Blog is a weblog written and managed by students at New England School of Law in Boston. The views expressed here reflect the views of the authors alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views or official positions of New England School of Law or its affiliates or the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies and its affiliates.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Federalist Society Finishes Up First Year On Campus

By Dominic Santos, Former Co-President and John Popeo, Former Co-President

The New England School of Law Federalist Society is finishing its first year on campus, and what a year it has been. Prior to receiving SBA recognition as a student organization, the Federalist Society was criticized by an inaccurate article in Due Process. Despite a less than friendly welcome, the Federalist Society was awarded SBA recognition and quickly began planning for the upcoming year.

During the month of October, the Federalist Society was pleased to host a lecture by Professor John Eastman, a Professor of Law at Chapman University School of Law. Professor Eastman delivered a thought provoking lecture on Congress’ unconstitutional use of the commerce power in the environmental law context. Professor Eastman recently filed an amicus brief in the case of Cutter v. Wilkinson which was argued before the Supreme Court on March 21, 2005. (The transcript of the oral argument is available here). Professor Eastman argued that Congress overstepped its power under the Spending Clause of the Constitution when it enacted the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

In the month of February, the Federalist Society was honored to host a lecture by Professor Gary Lawson, a Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law. Professor Lawson is one of the founding members of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies and an expert in the area of constitutional and administrative law. Professor Lawson delivered a lecture on nondelegation doctrine to Federalist Society members and students from the day and evening sections of administrative law. Professor Lawson recently published an article on nondelegation doctrine titled Discretion as Delegation: The "Proper" Understanding of the Nondelegation Doctrine, 73 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 235 (2005).

The Federalist Society held elections on April 15th and are pleased to announce the Executive Board for the 2005-2006 academics year: Raj Sinha, Co-President; Tania Gad, Co-President; John Popeo, Vice-President; and Domingos R. Santos Jr., Treasurer.

Our last event of the year will be a lecture by Professor Friedman titled “Individual Rights Under State Constitutions: Goodridge and the Future of Equal Protection Doctrine.” Professor Friedman, formerly an Associate with Choate, Hall & Stewart, joined the faculty this year. He has authored law review articles on many topics such as human rights, environmental crimes, and constitutional law. We are grateful for his counsel and guidance as our faculty advisor.

We cordially invite all members of the New England School of Law student body and faculty to attend our meetings and events. If you would like to become involved with the Federalist Society, please visit www.nesl.edu/students/fed-soc.cfm and e-mail Raj Sinha or Tania Gad. The Federalist Society would like to personally thank everyone who assisted us this year and wish that all members of the NESL community a great summer!!