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Judge Adams and Judge Lewis to Participate in the Third Annual Peter Jennings Project

On February 24, 2009 by Schnader in Alternative Dispute Resolution

The distinguished former jurists will serve on a moot court panel examining the constitutionality of the 1973 War Powers Resolution.

February 24, 2009 – Philadelphia, PA: Judge Arlin M. Adams and Judge Timothy K. Lewis, both Counsel to Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, have been invited to serve as panelists for a moot court session that will be held as part of the 2009 Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution, which will be held February 27 – March 1 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

The arguments to be presented to the moot court – scheduled for February 28 at 1:00 p.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania – will focus on the constitutionality of the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which requires that the president notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days without an authorization of the use of military force or a declaration of war by Congress.

The hypothetical case will be argued by Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California at Irvine School of Law, and Kenneth W. Starr, Dean of Pepperdine University School of Law; and, the following distinguished individuals will also serve as judges: William T. Coleman Jr., former United States Secretary of Transportation; Michael A. Fitts, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Judge Judith S. Kaye, former Chief Judge of the State of New York Court of Appeals; Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Judge Albert M. Rosenblatt, former Associate Judge, State of New York Court of Appeals; Judge Dolores K. Sloviter, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; and, Jan Ting, Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution is an annual event hosted by the National Constitution Center. Its mission is to help professional journalists gain a deeper understanding of constitutional issues, and how those issues can arise in and affect our country’s political discourse, as well as influence the daily lives of average Americans. The Project is designed to provide participants with a unique opportunity to explore the constitutional dimensions present in news and current events, and bring together leading journalists, jurists, scholars, and political leaders. Through these programs, participants – named Jennings Fellows – experience how the constitutional discussion is not limited to the domain of the court system, academic exchange, and high school civics classes; rather, it reaches into the fabric of daily life affects so much of what journalists write, broadcast, edit, and produce.

Judge Arlin M. Adams has a diversified litigation and appellate practice and has handled numerous complex litigation matters. He has extended knowledge of class action litigation and punitive damage matters. Before becoming counsel to the firm, he served as a U.S. Court of Appeals judge from 1969 to 1987. His professional and civic leadership has been evident throughout the length of his distinguished career, and in 2001, Susquehanna University created the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society at Susquehanna to honor his many achievements. The University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Annenberg Foundation established the Arlin M. Adams Professorship on Constitutional Law in his honor in 2005.

Judge Timothy K. Lewis is co-chair of Schnader’s Appellate Practice Group. He also serves as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement counselor, and trial and appellate practitioner. Before entering private practice, Judge Lewis served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was serving on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania when President George H. W. Bush elevated him to the Court of Appeals in 1992. At the time of both appointments he was the youngest federal judge in the United States. Before being appointed to the federal bench, Judge Lewis served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and as an Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.


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