Yesterday I had the great pleasure to host the Beverly Hills Bar Association program “Trumping the Constitution” featuring program chair Steve Rohde, constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer, and political activist, and panelists Melissa Goodman, the Audrey Irmas Director of the LGBTQ, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at the ACLU of Southern California, and Seth Davis, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. This esteemed panel discussed the role that lawyers and judges play in defending our constitutional democracy from the assaults of the Trump Administration.
Our program couldn’t have be timelier. The Supreme Court is hearing oral argument on the legality of President Donald Trump’s travel ban in Trump v. Hawaii today. No matter how the justices rule, their decision in Trump v. Hawaii will have sweeping consequences for presidential power, judicial review, and constitutional equality.