EVENT: Judge Douglas Ginsburg and Dean Alex Acosta, Tue. April 19, 12:30-1:45​pm– DNA & Post-Convi​ction Exoneratio​ns

Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg

Join the FIU Federalist Society for its final event of the year:

Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will give a presentation on DNA and Post-Conviction Exonerations, followed by comments from Hon. R. Alexander Acosta, Dean, Florida International College of Law.

DNA testing has confirmed that despite the safeguards built into our criminal justice system, there still exists the possibility that individuals can be convicted of crimes they did not commit.  Wrongful conviction of the innocent not only severely punishes those convicted and their families; it allows the person who actually committed the crime to go unpunished and to be free to commit additional crimes.  Furthermore, a wrongful conviction places the victim of the crime in a position of having to endure continued participation in the criminal justice system.  In addition, wrongful convictions negatively impact public trust and confidence in the justice system.

Who: Judge Douglas Ginsburg and Hon. R. Alexander Acosta
What: DNA & Post-Conviction Exonerations
When: April 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Where: FIU College of Law, RDB 1000 (Large Courtroom)
Note: Food and Drink provided.

Additional Information:

Judge Douglas Ginsburg’s Bio:

Hon. R. Alexander Acosta’s Bio:

Florida Innocence Commission:

FIU Federalist Society


Hon. John R. Bolton to address the Federalist Society Miami Lawyers Division, and you are invited

Hon. John R. Bolton

The Federalist Society Miami Lawyers Division cordially invites you to attend its first Spring reception of its 2011 lecture series with the Honorable John R. Bolton, former United States ambassador to the United Nations.

Mr. Bolton will discuss “Foreign Policy Challenges for the Obama Administration.”

The event is Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Bankers Club of Miami, One Biscayne Tower on the fourteenth floor. Admission is complimentary, Hors D’oeuvres will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

Please RSVP to Ariana Fajardo at aloza@orshanlaw.com, or call her at 305-858-0220.

We hope to see you there.

Prof. John Kunich’s Lecture on Free Market Environmentalism Available for Download

Prof. John Kunich has 16 years of experience in environmental and natural resources law. 13 years of full-time teaching experience at the law school level. He is the author of 7 books, including Betting the Earth: How We Can Still Win the Biggest Gamble of All Time, and a frequent guest on television interview programs. Prof Kunich has twice testified before United States Congressional Committees on matters related to environmental and biodiversity law.

Prof Kunich delivered this eye-opening lecture to the FIU College of Law’s Fed-Soc chapter on March 1, 2011.  He thoughtfully analyzed several fundamental questions about climate policy, and criticized relevant-players’ handling of the more important issues relating to global-environmentalism. 

This lecture is available to you for free download at FIU Law’s ItunesU page on iTunes. (Download Here)

Same-Sex Marriage Debate is Online

Mohamed T. Al-Darsani, Fr. Michael Orsi, Phil Colesanti, Dean Jose Gabilondo

If you missed the Federalist Society’s Same-Sex Marriage Debate between Dean Jose Gabilondo and Father Michael Orsi, or you just want, need to watch it again, you can now download it free from ItunesU. (Go to ItunesU)

The debate over same-sex marriage was held at the Florida International University College of Law.  The specific topic of debate was Whether Same-Sex Marriage Conflicts with Societal Values and Religious Liberties? Arguing in the affirmative was Father Michael Orsi.  Arguing in the negative was Dean Jose Gabilondo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law at FIU College of Law.

Father Orsi and Dean Gabilondo did outstanding jobs articulating their positions. With 179 people in attendance, this debate was our student chapter’s most succesful event to date.  Please let us know what you thought about the debate and give us feedback as to how we can improve our events for the future.

Watch Video Now: Environmental law expert John Kunich on challenges facing climate change legislation; see him Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at noon in RDB 1000

Click here for the video, then fast forward to 27 minutes in to see John Kunich: http://www.intelligencesquared.com/talks/bioperversity. Then, don’t miss your chance to see him in person Tuesday, March 1st at noon in RDB 1000, when he gives his speech on “Free Market Environmentalism,” hosted by the FIU Federalist Society!

According to intelligencesquared.com: “John Kunich acknowledges the difficulties involved in galvanising people into action when it comes to climate change. This will become an increasing problem as humans continue to pollute the planet and destroy the rainforests. In the latter case, humans are destroying biodiversity hotspots, many of which may contain natural resources that have potential commercial or medical value.

“As Kunich points out, because we do not know exactly how bad the situation is, and whilst there is not even a unanimous consensus that climate change is happening, getting people to act is very difficult. Kunich makes it patently clear, by citing Pascal’s Wager and Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, that preserving the planet is well worth the gamble.”

Free Market Environmentalism with John Kunich, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Noon

Do liberals hold a monopoly on environmentalism? Can capitalism save the planet from global warming? Meet John Kunich, Professor at Charlotte School of Law, expert on Environmental and Biodiversity Law, and an environmentalist with free market solutions for problems ranging from climate change to biodiversity loss.

Mr. Kunich regularly appears as an environmental expert for American television stations, including CNN, PBS, and Fox News, and contributes to publications such as USA Today and Christian Science Monitor. Kunich is the author of five books, including Betting the Earth: How We Can Still Win the Biggest Gamble of All Time (2009) and Killing Our Oceans (2006), and is a regular contributor to law journals.

Betting the Earth: How We Can Still Win the Biggest Gamble of All Time deals with complex international environmental decision-analysis in situations involving factual or scientific uncertainty, including climate change and mass extinction. Kunich examines the role of uncertainty in rational choice-making, drawing on lessons from Blaise Pascal, Kurt Godel, Werner Heisenberg, Edward Lorenz, and others. He concludes that a fair, evidence-based, probabilistic examination of all the facts and unknowns points clearly away from any intrusive, command-and-control governmental interference in greenhouse gas emissions, and that a much more moderate, incentives-based approach is a better fit with reality. On biodiversity loss, the evidence and the odds suggest a free-market habitat-conservation strategy similar to the one outlined in his earlier book, Ark of the Broken Covenant: Protecting the World’s Biodiversity Hotspots.

Who: John Kunich
What: Free Market Environmentalism
When: Tuesday, March 1st, 2011, from 12:00-1:00 PM
Where: RDB 1000 (Law School’s Large Courtroom)
And, as with all FIU Federalist Society events, FREE FOOD.