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Liberty + Leadership News: June 10


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TFAS Welcomes 26 Law Students to Washington for Summer Law Fellowship

The TFAS Summer Law Fellowship is a nine-week program for law students from across the country to learn and intern in Washington, D.C., while preparing to become courageous leaders in the legal world.

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) recently welcomed 26 law students to Washington for the TFAS Summer Law Fellowship. The nine-week academic internship experience brings law students from all over the country to the nation’s capital for a summer filled with legal internships, lectures from esteemed judges and attorneys, professional development seminars and an introduction to the legal world through experiential learning and networking opportunities.

This summer the Law Fellows will take a class on constitutional originalism with Dr. Jeremy Rabkin of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Dr. Rabkin’s class explores the concepts of the original meaning theory as a method of constitutional interpretation. It will expose students to the history of originalism and its practical application in landmark cases before the Supreme Court.

In addition to coursework, the Fellows are interning at various legal offices and sites throughout the D.C. area. Their internship sites include Baker Hostetler, the New Civil Liberties AlliancePacific Legal Foundation, the Institute for JusticeAmericans United for Life, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and many more.

Fellows will also have the special opportunity to learn from a plethora of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. District Court in the “Thoughts from the Bench” series. Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the D.C. Circuit will take the Fellows on a guided tour of the U.S. Court of Appeals and share his expertise.

Outside of classes, lectures and internships, TFAS offers professional development seminars with various professionals from the legal sphere. This summer’s series includes informational sessions on judicial clerkships, religious liberty cases, careers with the Department of Justice and more.

Learn more and read about the 2022 cohort at TFAS.org/Law22Welcome.

Liberty + Leadership Podcast – Clint Bolick ’78

This week, we have another fascinating guest on the Liberty + Leadership Podcast – Associate Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court and TFAS alumnus, the Honorable Clint Bolick ’78. In addition to serving on the bench, Justice Bolick teaches constitutional law at Arizona State University School of Law, serves as a research fellow with the Hoover Institution, and is the author of numerous books. In this week’s episode, Roger and Clint discuss advice for young leaders, insights on SCOTUS cases, and why Clint marked a constitutional victory for free speech by getting a tattoo of a scorpion on his index finger.

Learn more, watch the video and find the full podcast transcript at TFAS.org/podcastS2E2. Find past episodes at TFAS.org/podcast.

TFAS Alumni in NYC Reconnect to Discuss What Philosophy Teaches Us About Economics

A group of people smile for a photo at networking reception
TFAS alumni and supporters reconnect in New York for Liberty + the Future Alumni Lecture Series with Dr. James Otteson for a discussion on the “Seven Deadly Economic Sins.”

On May 18, 2022, TFAS alumni and supporters gathered at the Harvard Club in New York City for the continuation of the Liberty + the Future NYC Alumni Lecture Series. After a long pause, the lecture series and networking event started back up with an engaging presentation from Dr. James R. Otteson.

A TFAS senior scholar and University of Notre Dame professor, Otteson delivered a timely lecture on his latest book, “Seven Deadly Economic Sins: Obstacles to Prosperity and Happiness Every Citizen Should Know.”

Otteson offered a unique perspective on prosperity and happiness by applying philosophy and ethics to the practice of economics. He started off his lecture with a summary of the ‘seven cardinal sins’ (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth) and offered a compelling parallel story of seven central economic fallacies. He explained why these are fallacies, why believing in them leads to mistakes and loss, and how exorcizing them from our thinking can help us avoid costly errors and enable us to live in peace and prosperity.

Following the lecture, guests were able to connect, network and continue the conversation. The room was filled with a diverse group of individuals, and several new friendships were formed.

View photos and learn more about the event at TFAS.org/NYCMay22.



Lindsey Wilkinson ’21 describes how the USPS is using different technology to deliver COVID test kits across the nation for CIO Dive.

Sarah Sicard ’13 shares a visual history of Fleet Week in the Navy Times as a remembrance of the Navy’s servicemen and women who fought for freedom.

Peter Suderman, Novak ’10, explains how President Biden’s antitrust policy would make inflation worse in an article for Reason.

TFAS Trustee Emeritus Mitch Daniels says Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan is ‘fatally flawed’ on CNBC.

Nate Hochman, Novak ’21, has a guest essay on conservatism, religion and what comes after the GOP in the New York Times.

Brianna Bucinel ’11 is now the senior communications manager for Capital One.

Jason Willick, Novak ’17, writes for The Washington Post on raising the age of majority for gun purchases and other items.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Don Boudreaux shares remarks at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) one-day conference on COVID policies at MIT.

Sean Salai ’00, a reporter at The Washington Times, writes about the opening of the Victims of Communism Museum in D.C.

Shant Boyajian, Law ’08, PPF ’13, received Law360’s Rising Stars recognition as a 2022 top attorney under 40.

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Novak ’05, reviews the political podcast, “My History can Beat Up your Politics,” for Reason.

Alex Gleason ’13 has started a new job as the assistant vice president of federal and political affairs for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies.

Alyssa Zak ’19 was selected as a Spring 2022 John Jay Fellow.

In a recent article in The Washington Times, Ryan Lovelace, Novak ’17, shares the news that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is changing its name (replacing ‘in Education’ with ‘and Expression’) and boosting its off-campus advocacy efforts to defend freedom of speech.

Curt Mills, Novak ’18, poses the question “Is the Red Wave Starting in California?” in an article for The American Conservative.

Paul Crespo, Novak ’03, discusses the current immigration crisis in the U.S. in an article for The Republican Standard.

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, opines for National Review on President Biden’s overall lack of a plan in terms of the current economic situation.

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Novak ’05, explains how public officials blowing disinformation out of proportion actually makes things worse in an article for Reason.

Carrie Sheffield ’06, Novak ’06, opines for the New York Post on the potentially dangerous outcomes of “forgiving” student loan debt.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Don Boudreaux warns us to “Beware the Allure of Simple Solutions” when it comes to economics in an article for AIER.

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