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InsiderOnline Blog: March 2012

To Do: Honor Becket Founder Kevin Hasson

Honor Kevin “Seamus” Hasson, founder of the Becket Fund, by attending the 2012 Canterbury Medal Dinner. Hasson founded the Becket Fund 17 years ago, and the group has won some important religious liberty cases since, including two just this year (Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, Stormans v. Selecky). Becket is also representing four organizations suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its contraception mandates. The dinner is May 10 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Book your ticket by April 10.

Celebrate human achievement by leaving your lights on from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. That’s what the Competitive Enterprise Institute is calling Human Achievement Hour, an event intended to highlight how human ingenuity has improved human lives. It’s also meant to counter the simultaneously held Earth Hour, an event designed to make people feel guilty about using electricity—an event that accomplishes nothing, anyway, per electricity experts (The Telegraph, March 27, 2010). And if you have the electricity running, you can check in with CEI’s in-house party, which will be live-streaming over the Internet at

Relive history in the making. The Supreme Court hasn’t revealed its decision in the ObamaCare case yet, but you can read and hear everything that the Court heard this historic week. The transcripts and the audio of the arguments are now available at the Supreme Court’s Web site [Monday transcript, Monday audio, Tuesday transcript, Tuesday audio, Wednesday 1 transcript, Wednesday 1 audio, Wednesday 2 transcript, Wednesday 2 audio]. The key session is the Tuesday arguments on the individual mandate.  

Get a preview of the next big Supreme Court case. The George Mason School of Law, Law and Economics Center will hold a mock Supreme Court argument on whether the courts should allow nuisance suits against global warming. The mock argument will start at 4 p.m., April 10 at Founders Hall Auditorium at the George Mason University School of Law. (By the way, Paul Clement, star of the recent ObamaCare arguments before the Supreme Court will be on the judges panel. Also, by the way, we published an article on just this topic in our spring 2010 issue of The Insider: “Climate Policy by Judicial Fiat,” by Hans von Spakovsky).

Posted on 03/30/12 01:37 PM by Alex Adrianson

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