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September 2016
Wednesday
7
September
2016
CWRU Law School
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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CWRU Law School
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Thursday
8
September
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Speaker: Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International
Free general admission  | 1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
14
September
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Neal K. Katyal, Partner, Hogan Lovells, Paul & Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law, Georgetown University, and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States
Free general admission  | 1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Friday
16
September
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Free general admission  | Approved for 5.5 hours of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Tuesday
20
September
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Speaker: Lawrence Douglas
Author and James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College
Free general admission  | Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
21
September
2016
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Speaker: B. Jessie Hill
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law
Free general admission  | Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Friday
23
September
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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Free general admission  | Approved for 4.5 hours of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
October 2016
Wednesday
5
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Speaker: Kirk J. Nahra partner with Wiley Rein LLP
Free general admission  | 1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Thursday
6
October
2016
Tinkham Veale University Center
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Free general admission  | Approved for 6 hours of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Thursday
6
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Speaker: Franita Tolson
Betty T. Ferguson Professor of Voting Rights, Florida State University College of Law
Free general admission  | Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Thursday
13
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Nathan Quick
Trial Chambers, International Criminal Court
Free general admission  | Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Friday
14
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Speaker: David J. Garrow, Distinguished Research Professor of History and Law, University of Pittsburgh
Pamela S. Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford University
Theodore M. Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina former Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
Free general admission  | 5 hours of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Saturday
15
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Speaker: Jonathan H. Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Free general admission  | Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Tuesday
18
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: The Honorable Kathleen M. O'Malley
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Free general admission  | Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
19
October
2016
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Speaker: Kevin C. McMunigal
Professor of Law
Free general admission  | Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Friday
28
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Speaker: The Honorable Leo M. Gordon
U.S. Court of International Trade
Webcast live
Wednesday
9
November
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Jonathan H. Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation
Juscelino F. Colares, Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Law Associate Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Avidan Y. Cover, Associate Professor of Law, Director, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy
Jonathan L. Entin, David L. Brennan Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science
Richard Gordon, Director of the Financial Integrity Institute Associate Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Professor of Law
B. Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law
Joseph White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy Department of Political Science
Free general admission  | Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Friday
11
November
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Free general admission  | 5.5 hours of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
16
November
2016
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Free general admission  | Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Saturday
19
November
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
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Speaker: Jonathan Gordon, Professor of Law and Associate Director, LLM Lawyering Skills Program
Jean McQuillan, Assistant Professor of Law
Andrew Pollis, Professor of Law
Cassandra Burke Robertson, Professor of Law
Free general admission  | 2 hours of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
February 2017
Friday
10
February
2017
Tinkham Veale University Center
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Free general admission  |  Webcast live
March 2017
Friday
3
March
2017
Tinkham Veale University Center
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Free general admission  |  Webcast live
Monday
6
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Elisabeth Rosenthal
Columnist, The New York Times
Free general admission  | 1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Thursday
9
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Michael H. Posner
Jerome Kohlberg Professor Ethics and Finance
Professor Business and Society
Center for Business and Human Rights
NYU Stern School of Business
Free general admission  | 1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
22
March
2017
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Free general admission  | 1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Taxes and the Constitution
Sponsor
CWRU Law Downtown Lecture Series
MAR 13, 2013
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave., 2nd floor
CLE Credit
Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit
Congress’s power to tax is generally taken for granted, but the Constitution contains important limitations on the taxing power—the power to lay and collect taxes. Some issues:
  • What distinguishes a “tax’ from other governmental charges?
  • What are direct and indirect taxes and why does it matter whether a tax is one or the other?
  • What’s the significance of the Sixteenth Amendment, which permits Congress to enact a “tax on incomes” without having to meet the apportionment rule that otherwise applies to direct taxes?
  • Does the taxing power legitimate any exercise of congressional power that is funded by taxation?

These issues are not of only historical interest. Some were implicated in the recent litigation on the legitimacy of the individual mandate in the Obamacare legislation—the requirement, beginning in 2014, that most Americans acquire suitable health insurance or pay a penalty.
Speaker Information
Erik Jensen
Schott van den Eynden Professor of Law
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Erik Jensen is the Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, having earlier occupied the David L. Brennan chair. He has been on the Case Western Reserve University School of Law faculty since 1983, teaching courses in federal income taxation, corporate and partnership taxation, business planning, and American Indian law. He has been a visiting professor at the Cornell University Law School.

Professor Jensen has published widely, in generalist journals including the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, and the North Carolina Law Review, and in specialist journals including Tax Notes, the Virginia Tax Review, and Constitutional Commentary. He is author of The Taxing Power, published by Praeger in 2005, and is editor of the Journal of Taxation of Investments, a quarterly publication. He is active in professional organizations and speaks regularly at meetings of the ABA Section of Taxation and the Cleveland Tax Institute. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.


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