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Can state and local governments just say “no” to federal law? The concept of dual governments is central to the American constitutional order, with state and federal governments sharing authority to govern. But the United States Constitution also says that the Constitution, and the laws of the United States made pursuant to it, shall be the supreme law of the land.
Join Attorney Joseph Ashbrook of the Federalist Society as he discusses supremacy and the interplay between local, state, and federal governments, including some salient issues of today. At a time when our governments disagree on a number of highly publicized issues such as immigration, sanctuary cities, marijuana and competing drug laws. Mr. Ashbrook takes on the ultimate question: “Who decides?”
7:05-7:20 Friend of EmpowerU Chris Monzel will join EmpowerU and tell us what he is up to and what his plans are for the future.
Joseph Ashbrook is president of the Cincinnati Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. Founded in 1982, the Federalist Society promotes the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and it is the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. Mr. Ashbrook grew up in a small manufacturing business and also worked in corporate America before studying law. He was the editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review and currently practices at his own firm, serving as outside general counsel and providing litigation services for businesses and individuals.