The Boy Scouts and The San Diego Litigation: A Must-Attend Webcast for Anyone Who Cares About The Constitution
This Wednesday. May 18, at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time, a panel of leading contitutional scholars including Dean Kenneth Starr of Pepperdine University School of Law, and Prof. Vikram Amar of Hastings College of Law, will debate the Constitution, the Boy Scouts, and the question of the Scouts' access to public land. If you have a computer with a high-speed connection, you can watch the debate.
The link to the Scouts' page with information on the live web cam feed is here.
What's this about? The ACLU argues that leases of parkland to Boy Scouts by the City of San Diego are unconstitutional. The Boy Scouts argue, on the other hand, that it would be unconstitutional for the City to refuse to lease to the Boy Scouts when it has more than 100 leases to other non-profit groups on similar terms. (For more background on the San Diego case, please visit BSA's legal issues website, www.bsalegal.org.)
Here's how a BSA e-mail describes the discussion:
A panel of leading constitutional scholars, including Dean Kenneth Starr,Take the time to watch this debate or listen in. Tell your friends about it. Scouting needs friends, and the public generally needs a broader understanding of the Constitutional issues surrounding Scouting these days.
will debate "The Constitution and The Boy Scouts: Equal Access to Government Land and the First Amendment,” on Wednesday, May 18 from noon to 2 p.m. Pacific Time.
The public and the media are invited to attend the program or to watch and participate in the Internet. For those attending in person, lunch will be served free of charge.
The program is sponsored by the Federalist Society on Law and Public Policy and will be held at the Wyndham Hotel at Emerald Plaza 400 West Broadway, San Diego, CA, in the Crystal Ballroom. If you want to attend in person, you are asked to register for the event by calling (202) 822-8138 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Specific cases affecting the Boy Scouts will be discussed, as well as the constitutional rights of charities to have access to public forums and government property.
The 90-minute program will be webcast live from San Diego, California, the site of important litigation between the ACLU and Boy Scouts of America. A panel of leading constitutional scholars will debate the issues from both the pro-ACLU and pro-Boy Scout perspectives:
Professor Vikram Amar, University of California Hastings College of Law
Professor Alan Brownstein, University of California Davis School of Law
George Davidson, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, BSA National Counsel
Professor John Eastman, Chapman University School of Law
Dean Kenneth Starr, Pepperdine University School of Law
Dean Daniel Rodriguez, University
of San Diego Law School (moderator)
The 90-minute webcast begins live promptly at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time (1:30 p.m. Mountain, 2:30 p.m. Central, 3:30 p.m. Eastern). You will be able to send questions to the panelists during the program. To access the webcast, open your browser and go to this URL: http://www.vcnetcast.com/fed. You will need high-speed Internet access and either Windows Media Player or RealPlayer.