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Dallas Democratic Forum The Tilt on the Court and the Kennedy Resignation: A Supreme Court Review

Thursday July 12, 2018, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

The Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue at Olive, Dallas, TX 75201

The Dallas Democratic Forum and the American Constitution Society, Dallas Chapter, present: 

The Tilt on the Court and the Kennedy Resignation:  A Supreme Court Review
A panel discussion with: Daniel L. Geyser, Chair, Supreme Court and Appellate Practice, Geyser P.C.; and Chelsea Priest, Associate, McCool Smith, Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation; and Jason P. Steed, Appellate Attorney, Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, LLP.       
The 2017-18  term of the U.S. Supreme Court signaled a noticeable tilt to the right on many decisions of fundamental importance.  The recent resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy and the impending Senate confirmation hearings promise to bring high political drama in the coming months.  Join our distinguished panel of experts for a discussion of the most significant decisions of the term, including recent rulings on presidential power, redistricting, religious and LGBTQ rights, fourth amendment protections, and other issues, as well as a discussion of the contributions of Justice Kennedy and the prospect of what his absence could mean for future decisions on civil rights and reproductive freedom.

Thursday, July 12, 2018  
The Belo Mansion -- Ross and Olive
2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX  75201
11:30 am Registration/Buffet
12:00 Noon Program

2018 Patron & Sustaining Members -- Free
2018 Regular Members -- $25
Non Members -- $40
RSVP by Tuesday, July 10th by email to


Daniel L. Geyser is Chair of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice at Geyser, P.C. where he focuses on complex and high-stakes appellate litigation, representing clients in the U.S. Supreme Court and in federal courts of appeals nationwide.  He has successfully argued several cases during the past three terms of the Court and was recently named the "top-performing" brief writer of this term among the repeat players.
Before launching his own practice, he was the appellate chair of a prominent litigation boutique, leading that firm to the National Law Journal's "Appellate Hot List" and an national appellate ranking.  From 2007- 2011, he served in the Office of Solicitor General of Texas, where he conducted and supervised appellate litigation for the State.  
Dan graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with honors and distinction from Stanford University, and with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was the Notes Chair of the Harvard Law Review, a best brief and moot court champion, and a research assistant to Professor Laurence H. Tribe.

Chelsea Priest is an associate in McKool Smith's Dallas office. She focuses her law practice on intellectual property and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Chelsea was a Bristow Fellow at the Office of the Solicitor General, where she worked on Supreme Court litigation on behalf of the federal government. She was also a law clerk for Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and an extern for Judge Michelle T. Friedland in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Chelsea received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Princeton University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.  While attending law school, Chelsea was a semifinalist in the Kirkwood Moot Court Competition, where she was awarded Best Petitioner's Brief. She served as managing editor of the Stanford Law Review and graduated with pro bono distinction given her roles as co-coordinator of the Tax Pro Bono Project.  She was also a pupil in the Honorable William A. Ingram American Inn of Court.

Jason Steed is an appellate attorney at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, and has extensive experience representing clients in the U.S. Supreme Court and in state supreme courts across the country -- from Texas to California, and from Oklahoma to Alaska.  
As a former English professor, he is also asked frequently to edit or assist in improving brief writing-both on appeal and in pre- and post-trial motion practice. Jason's appellate advocacy has been praised from the bench by both state and federal judges. He has also written numerous articles on the Supreme Court and various other legal issues.
Jason is a graduate of BYU, the University of Nevada Las Vegas (Ph.D.) and the University of Texas School of Law (J.D.), and lives in Prosper, Texas with his wife and five children.