San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Chicago Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society
Invites you to:
Obstacles and Opportunities
Prof. David A. Skeel
S. Samuel Arsht Prof. of Corporate Law at Univ. of Penn. Law School;
Gregory G. Katsas, Esq.
Fmr. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division and Fmr. Acting Associate Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice; Fmr. law clerk to Sup. Ct. Justice Clarence Thomas
Unfunded or under-funded, sometimes-lavish, public-sector pensions have created unsustainable obligations that threaten to bankrupt many states and municipalities. Prof. Skeel and Mr. Katsas will present and discuss a discussion of bankruptcy as one means of structuring and effecting pension changes, some reform measures enacted in the last few years to address the pension problems, and an overview of legal challenges to those measures, generally brought by unions under the Contracts Clause or its state constitutional equivalents. The City of San Jose, California’s pension litigation, as well as the Stockton and Detroit bankruptcies provide real-world data of pension-related problems. Of great local interest is the City of Chicago, which has what may be the most burdensome pension obligations of any large city in the country, as well as the massive unfunded pension obligations of the State of Illinois.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
11:30 a.m. Reception
12:00 noon – lunch/presentation
Early Bird Discount: $20 pre-paid ($10 for students)
$30 after 5pm 12/9/2013 & at the door
(Membership has its privileges: $25 at the door
with current Federalist Society membership card or Student I.D. in hand)
Petterino’s Banquet Facility (Lower Level)
150 N DEARBORN ST., CHICAGO, IL 60601
Corner of Dearborn & Randolph: Banquets entrance on Randolph.
To Register/Pre-pay, RSVP before 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
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Chicago Federalist Society
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. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students and professors. In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community. The Society takes no set position on legal issues, but promotes debate on a variety of historical, current, and developing topics - confident that the truth will out, and it will triumph if men and women of integrity act in accordance therewith.