The Chicago Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society Luncheon and Discussion with Kenneth W. Star

The Chicago Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society


Luncheon and Discussion

Hot Topics in Washington:
Mueller Investigation, Kavanaugh Nomination & more

Kenneth W. Starr

History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. But what about the third?

In August 1974, under threat of impeachment, Richard M. Nixon resigned the office of President of the United States, making him the first – and so far the last – person ever to do so. After resigning, Nixon was neither indicted nor prosecuted and his successor, Gerald R. Ford, pardoned him for any crimes he may have committed.

Twenty-four years later, in December 1998, the House of Representatives voted to impeach then-President William Jefferson (“Bill”) Clinton on grounds of perjury to a grand jury and obstruction of justice. In February 1999, the United States Senate found Clinton not guilty of perjury and deadlocked on the obstruction of justice charge. Clinton served out his second term.

Fast forward twenty years and Donald Trump’s campaign is under a special counsel’s investigation into potential collusion with the Russian government to help sway the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Some observers question whether the President may have obstructed justice in connection with the investigation.

May a sitting President be indicted for obstruction of justice? If so, can he pardon himself? Or are the questions academic because the President, as head of the executive branch, at least nominally heads the Department of Justice?

We’ll hear from former independent counsel, Solicitor General and U.S. Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Starr on these and other questions relating to investigating a sitting President, moderated by David Applegate of the Chicago Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.

About the speakers:

Kenneth W. Starr is a former federal judge, law professor, university professor, and partner in a major international law firm, who headed the independent counsel investigation that led to President Clinton’s impeachment.

David L. Applegate is a lawyer in private practice who, while in college, debated with the late William F. Buckley, Jr., founder of National Review, against then-Senator Lowell B. Weicker, Jr. (R-CT), on CBS television concerning the propriety of the Watergate investigation.

11:45 a.m. Registration
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Program
1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Q&A

$50 Members/$60 non-members
($60/$75 after 5 p.m. on August 20, 2018)
$30 Students (with ID)

A plated lunch will be served. (email [email protected] with any dietary needs/restictions)

Space is limited. This event will sell out. We reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone not pre-registered.

Have questions about Hot Topics in Washington featuring Ken Starr? Contact Chicago Federalist Society

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.


Aug 23 2018


11:45 am - 1:30 pm

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