2013 Rutherford Summer Speaker Series

The Rutherford Institute is pleased to welcome a broad array of speakers to its 2013 Summer Speaker Series, which will begin on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The series engages leaders from a cross-section of cultural, philosophical and legal backgrounds in stimulating discussions with law students, lawyers, civil liberties activists and community members. This year’s lineup of speakers will address issues ranging from civil liberties post-9/11 and criminal justice reform to the dissolution of the print media, religious freedom in America, TSA scanners and threats to the Fourth Amendment, and what Americans can do to guard against attacks on the Constitution.

The Summer Speaker Series is open to the public. However, seating is LIMITED, so space must be reserved early by calling (434) 978-3888.


Bruce Fein

A Government of Wolves

Tuesday, June 25 • 6:00 PM

Join constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead at Barnes & Noble (Charlottesville, VA) for the launch of his new book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. Discussion, Q&A and book signing.


Bruce Fein

Wednesday, June 510:00 a.m.

The Civilization Genome Project

Guest Speaker: Prof. Bruce Fein, Constitutional Attorney and Consultant with The Lichfield Group, Washington, D.C.

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Thursday, June 6 • 10:00 a.m.

An Insider’s Take on Politics and the News

Guest Speaker: Cal Thomas, Author and Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Washington, D.C.

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Friday, June 7 • 10:00 a.m.

Thomas Jefferson on Leadership

Guest Speaker: Coy Barefoot, the author of Thomas Jefferson on Leadership, is a recognized expert on Thomas Jefferson and a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia and a chairman of the Historic Resources Task Force.

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Monday, June • 10 a.m.

Whatever Happened to Our Rights?

Guest Speaker: John Miska, disabled Vietnam veteran who has devoted his time to raising awareness about the plight of today's veterans.

Tuesday, June 11 • 10:00 a.m.

Church and State: An Overview

Guest Speaker: Douglas Laycock, the Armistead M. Dobie Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, and one of the nation's leading authorities on the law of remedies and also on the law of religious liberty.

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Wednesday, June 12 • 10:00 a.m.

Life Before Life: Children’s Reports of Past-Life Memories

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jim Tucker, Bonner-Lowry Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, Division of Perceptual Studies, University of Virginia

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Friday, June 14 • 10:00 a.m.

When Priests Become Predators: Profiles of Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivor

Guest Speaker: Thomas S. Neuberger, attorney who filed approximately 110 childhood sexual abuse cases against the Catholic Church and chronicled the courage of these abuse survivors in his book When Priests Become Predators: Profiles of Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors.

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Monday, June 171:00 p.m.

U.S. v. Jones: Where Now?

Guest Speaker: Steve Leckar, attorney who argued and won the landmark US v. Jones case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Tuesday, June 18 • 1:00 p.m.

Florida v. Harris: Hinging the Fourth Amendment on a Drug-Sniffing Dog

Guest Speaker: Anand Agneshwar, is a partner with the law firm of Arnold & Porter in New York City, and an affiliate attorney for The Rutherford Institute.

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Wednesday, June 19 • 11:00 a.m.

Safeguarding the Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

Guest Speaker: Sharon Bradford Franklin, Senior Counsel at The Constitution Project, where her work focuses on the Rule of Law Program, including government secrecy and individual privacy.

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Thursday, June 20 • 2:00 p.m.

Can America be Saved from What It Is Becoming?

Guest Speaker: Nat Hentoff, Author and Syndicated Columnist, via telephone

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Friday, June 21 • 1:00 p.m.

The Wilderness of Mirrors: The Myth of Government Security

Guest Speaker: Tony Shaffer, is a high-level Army intelligence operative who was deployed in Afghanistan during the early years of the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. He has since been targeted by government officials for criticizing policies followed in the Afghanistan war.

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Monday, June 24 • 10 a.m.

Ever More Shocked, Never Yet Awed

Guest Speaker: David Swanson, anti-war activist and author of Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.

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Tuesday, June 25 • 1:00 p.m.

The Realities and Failures of the Criminal Justice System

Guest Speaker: Steven Benjamin, an attorney with the Richmond law firm of Benjamin and Desportes, which limits its practice to the representation of individuals involved with the criminal justice system.

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Wednesday, June 26 • 10:00 a.m.

Real-World Problems: A Litigator's Perspective

Guest Speakers: Jason Gosselin and Kate Villanueva, Attorneys, Drinker, Biddle & Reath, Philadelphia, PA, Affiliate Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute

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Friday, June 28 • 1:00 p.m.

True Threats and Protected Speech: The Raub and White Cases

Guest Speaker: Tony Troy, an affiliate attorney of The Rutherford Institute, has worked on a number of First Amendment issues throughout his career, most recently helping seek justice for Marine Brandon Raub, who was detained based upon comments he made on Facebook.

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Tuesday, July 2 • 10:30 a.m.

Fundamentals of the Bill of Rights: First & Fourth Amendment Rights

Guest Speaker: Timothy J. Longo, Sr., the Chief of Police in Charlottesville, Va., since 2001, lectures across America in the fields of Ethics, Professional Standards, Internal Affairs and a variety of legal topics.

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Monday, July 8 • 10:00 a.m.

Representing the Least Among Us

Guest Speaker: Steven D. Rosenfield, an attorney and president of the board for Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty in Charlottesville, Va.

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Tuesday, July 9 • 1:00 p.m.

Smart Equals Safe: Things I Teach My Kids

Guest Speaker: Rob DuBois is a retired Navy SEAL who has served in over 30 countries. In his book, Powerful Peace: A Navy SEAL's Lessons on Peace from a Lifetime of War, Rob offers his unique insights and compelling stories to demonstrate that ordinary men and women have the power to solve life's greatest challenges.

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Wednesday, July 17 • 1:00 pm

New Fronts In The 'Culture Wars'?: The Looming Battle Over The Meaning Of Religious Freedom

Guest Speaker: Rob Boston is Assistant Director of Communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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Friday, July 19 • 10:00 am

Preaching Hate: Westboro Baptist Church And The First Amendment

Guest Speaker: Josh Wheeler, director for the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression in Charlottesville, Va.

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Monday, July 22 • 10:00 a.m.

Tobey V. Napolitano: Security At Any Cost?

Guest Speaker: James Knicely is a constitutional attorney with Knicely & Associates in Williamsburg, Va., as well as special counsel for The Rutherford Institute.

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July 24 • 10:00 a.m.

The Changing Faces Of Media And Politics

Guest Speaker: Bob Gibson, executive director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, which works to strengthen and enhance the quality of government at all levels throughout Virginia.

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July 26 • 10:00 a.m.

The American Dream Or Nightmare: From Life , Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness To Institutional Entropy, Cultural Degradation And Narcissism

Guest Speaker: Michael Ostrolenk is a public policy consultant who works on health, education, privacy and national security related issues.

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