The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Thurlow M. Gordon 1906 Lecture

Public Program: Thurlow M. Gordon 1906 Lecture - "Indigenous Peoples, Economic Recovery, and the Reform of the US Federal Indian Law" with Robert Odawi Porter

Please join us on Thursday October 8th at 4:30 PM in Rocky 003 for the Thurlow M. Gordon 1906 Lecture, “Indigenous Peoples, Economic Recovery, and the Reform of US Federal Indian Law,” by Robert Odawi Porter. American indigenous peoples are afflicted by chronic poverty and confront challenges in ensuring their distinct identities. Widespread poverty is a consequence of systematic efforts by the US government to suppress tribal sovereignty and assimilate the Indian populations, thus preventing economic recovery. Robert Odawi Porter is a Senior Advisor at Dentons law firm, where he represents Indians, Indian nations, and Indian-owned businesses. Mr. Porter has dedicated his 20-year legal career to defending and increasing the rights of indigenous peoples, nations, and their businesses. He is renowned in the field of American Indian law and will bring his profound experiences and insight to a lecture in Rockefeller 003 on October 8th.  An attorney, political leader, and expert scholar in the legal intricacies that confront more than 5 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) people, Mr.

“The U.S. Financial System: Still Risky after All These Years,” - Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm, November 1, 2012.


Four years after the financial crisis of 2008, America’s economic future hangs in the balance, teetering on the edge of a double-dip recession. The risky investment behavior on Wall Street that led to our initial economic crisis persists. The government attempted to address the problem through the Dodd-Frank Act, but its regulatory effectiveness has been diluted by its hundreds of complex rules and heavy industry lobbying against its implementation.

Vermont Law School Professor Jennifer Taub will address the persistence of risk in our financial system, and the government’s shortcomings in its regulation. She will analyze whether riskiness is inherent in the industry, or if regulatory loopholes have allowed irresponsible behavior to thrive. Finally, she will present alternatives for reforming the industry that could help avoid future economic crises.

"The Solicitor General: From the Japanese-American Internment to Health Care" on May 7th at 4:30 PM

 

 

 

In America’s system of checks and balances, the Supreme Court stands as the final judge of Congressional and Presidential actions; their rulings serve to direct American society and legislation. Instrumental in influencing the Court’s decision is the Solicitor General, the President’s highest legal representative in America’s highest court.

Georgetown Law School Professor Neal Katyal, boasting several Supreme Court victories of his own as Acting Solicitor General, has examined the integral role of the Solicitor General in defending the constitutionality of government interests in the Supreme Court. Professor Katyal will discuss the Solicitor General’s role in some of America’s landmark cases, from Japanese-American Internment during World War II, to the current constitutional battle be waged over health care.

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