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ACS Presents: Guns

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Georgia State University / College of Law
Room 100


  • Neil J. Kinkopf, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law; Former Special Assistant, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice; Author, "The Balanced Budget Amendment: A Threat to the Constitutional Order"; Member, Board of Advisors, ACS Georgia Lawyer Chapter
  • John R. Monroe, Executive Counsel for Georgia Carry, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and expanding Georgia citizens' right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment.
  • Moderated by Hanish Patel, 3L at Georgia State University College of Law and American Constitution Society Student Chapter Member.

The Georgia State University Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society presents an in-depth discussion of the gun control debate brought to the forefront by recent school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and elsewhere. The speakers will place the litany of divisive gun-related issues in a legal context and will address the abundant new gun legislation introduced in Georgia.

Past Programming

  • Gideon at 50: The State of Indigent Defense in Georgia (Feb. 21, 2013) in conjunction with the Georgia Lawyer Chapter. Featuring Stephen B. Bright, President, Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights; Harvey Karp Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School; The Honorable Norman S. Fletcher, Of Counsel, Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson & Davis, LLP; Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia; Member, Board of Advisors, ACS Georgia Lawyer Chapter; Jonathan Rapping, Associate Professor, Atlanta's John Marshall Law School; President, Founder, Southern Public Defender Training Center; Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Member, Board of Advisors, ACS Georgia Lawyer Chapter; and Moderated by Lauren Sudeall Lucas, Assistant Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) (finding that states must provide counsel for criminal defendants who cannot afford their own attorneys). To commemorate this landmark case, three panelists who have played an important role in ensuring Gideon's legacy reflected on the case's impact and the state of indigent defense in Georgia.
  • Sixth Annual Legislative Preview (Nov. 14, 2012) in conjunction with the Georgia Lawyer Chapter. Featuring Sen. Jason Carter (D-Decatur), State Senator, District 42, Georgia State Senate; Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur), State Senator, District 10, Georgia State Senate; Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur), State Representative, District 83, Georgia House of Representatives; Member, Board of Advisors, ACS Georgia Lawyer Chapter; and Moderated by Jim Galloway, Writer and Editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • SCOTUS Review: Marriage Equality (Oct. 11, 2012) in conjunction with OUTLaw. Featuring Mr. Robert Lewis, President of the Stonewall Bar Association. Mr. Lewis gave a presentation on some of the legislative history and judicial responses in the debate over marriage equality in the United States, and an overview of some of the cases going before the Supreme Court in the next session.
  • Constitution in the Classroom (Sept. 17-24, 2012): In celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Constitution, the American Constitution Society provided instructional lessons concerning the Constitution at McNair Middle School, Crawford Long Middle School, and South Atlanta High School. Miniature copies of the Constitution were also distributed. 
  • DEBATE: Segall v. Shaprio - Citizens United and Campaign Finance Reform (Sept. 10, 2012) in conjunction with the Federalist Society. Featuring Professor Eric Segall and Mr. Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute. The debate was moderated by Professor Anne Tucker, who recently published two articles analyzing the Supreme Court's landmark decision. The debate in its entirety is available here.
  • PPACA and the Supreme Court: Different Perspectives (Sept. 6, 2012) in conjunction with the Student Health Law Society, PILA and the Georgia State University College of Law Center for Law, Health & Policy. Featuring Erin C. Fuse Brown, JD, MPH (Assistant Professor) and Eric J. Segall, JD (Professor of Law). The Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate to purchase health insurance as constitutional, not under the Commerce Clause, but under Congress's power to tax. Law faculty panelists discussed the constitutional implications of the Supreme Court's decision, what the decision says about the Roberts Court, and the impact of the decision on the right to health care in the U.S.
  • Seeking Cloture: Is the Senate Filibuster Constitutional? (Aug. 15, 2012) in conjunction with the Georgia Lawyer Chapter. Featuring Emmet J. Bondurant (Partner, Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, LLP; Member, Board of Advisors, Georgia Lawyer Chapter) and Eric J. Segall (Professor of Law). Mr. Bondurant first presented the legal basis for challenging the constitutionality of the filibuster. Mr. Bondurant’s presentation was then followed by a dialogue led by Professor Eric J. Segall, an expert in constitutional law. Topics included how the Federalist Papers would have envisioned the use of the filibuster, whether it has been used in recent years to subvert majority rule in the United States Senate; whether federal courts have the authority to strike down internal rules and procedures of Congress, and the merits of a legal attack on the filibuster’s constitutionality.
  • Georgia's Election Laws in 2012: The Changing Landscape (April 3, 2012) in conjunction with the Georgia Lawyer Chapter. Featuring Nancy Abudu, Senior Staff Counsel, Voting Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union; Sen. Charlie Bethel (R-Dalton), Deputy Whip, District 54, Georgia State Senate; Chairman, Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee; Michael Kang, Associate Dean of Faculty, Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law; Anne W. Lewis, Partner, Strickland Brockington Lewis LLP; General Counsel, Georgia Republican Party; and moderated by Neil J. Kinkopf, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law; Member, Board of Advisors, ACS Georgia Lawyer Chapter. The American Constitution Society’s Georgia Lawyer Chapter and Student Chapter at Georgia State University College of Law gathered for a lunchtime panel discussion on new voter rights legislation in celebration of the College’s Law Week. Experts in government, private practice and the public interest sector addressed new voter identification and registration laws, as well as shared a bi-partisan perspective on the recent redistricting in Georgia.


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