What is Liberty and What is the Role of Government in Protecting It?

UH Richardson Law School- Moot Court Room

Monday, November 7, 2011 11:45-1:15pm

A Panel Discussing the Role of Government in Protecting Liberty.

Lunch Will Be Served

Moderater: Dean Avi Soifer

Panelists: Clark Neily, Carole Petersen, Roger Fonseca, Sam Slom

Clark Neily is a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice. He litigates economic liberty, property rights, school choice, First Amendment and other constitutional cases in both federal and state courts. Clark helped create the Institute’s Center for Judicial Engagement, which was designed to challenge the unconstitutional expansion of government by articulating a principled vision of judicial review, educating the public about the importance of a properly engaged judiciary, and advocating the Constitution as a charter of liberty and a bulwark against the illegitimate assumption of government power.

Carole J. Petersen practiced law for five years (in New York City and Honolulu) before moving to Hong Kong in 1989. She taught law in Hong Kong from 1989-2006. She was Director of the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Comparative and Public Law from 2001-2004 and also active in the University of Hong Kong’s Women’s Studies Research Center. She assisted members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council to draft bills prohibiting discrimination and has conducted extensive research on the use of conciliation to resolve complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment. Her current research focuses on the rights of women and the rights of persons with disabilities under international law.

Roger Fonseca is a senior attorney with the Honolulu firm of Cades Schutte LLLP. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1973 (in the class with the Clintons), was a Note and Comment Editor of the Yale Law Review, worked for a year on the Watergate cases in Washington, DC as a law clerk for Judge Gerhard Gesell, and has spent the last 38 years practicing tax and employee benefits law in Hawaii. Mr. Fonseca has been on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii for more than 25 years and the Board of the National American Civil Liberties Union for more than 15 years.

Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom represents Oahu’s 8th District: Hawaii Kai, Niu, Aina Haina, Waialae and Diamond Head. He is also is a private consulting economist in Honolulu and president/owner of SMS Consultants (since 1982). He earned a B.A. in Economics & Government from the University of Hawaii Manoa (1963) and an LL.B. from LaSalle Law School (1966). Sam is President of Smart Business Hawaii (SBH), Hawaii’s most effective business advocacy organization. He was chosen Hawai’i & Region IX “Small Business Advocate of the Year” by the U. S. Small Business Administration in 1991.

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