New York v. NRA - Beyond the Headlines



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August 31, 2020
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About the Program

New York Attorney General Letitia James recently made national news when her office filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the New York-chartered National Rifle Association (NRA) due to allegations that its leadership diverted millions of dollars of members? dues for personal use in violation of fiduciary duties and federal law.

Join constitutional law experts Prof. Adam Winkler of UCLA Law and Prof. Brannon Denning of Samford University Cumberland School of Law as they discuss the details of the case and the potential implications for the NRA and beyond. BHBA First Vice President Anthony D. Ross will moderate this conversation that promises to be informative and lively.

NRA New York State Lawsuit Case News & Update, Attorney General. New York vs NRA.

Meet the Speakers
Prof. Brannon Denning


Samford University Cumberland School of Law

A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Professor Denning earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Tennessee School of Law. He then spent two years in the health law group at Baker Donelson Bearman and Caldwell PC in Memphis.

Opportunity led Denning north in 1997 to Yale Law School where he took a position as a research associate and senior fellow. He earned an LL.M.  from Yale in 1999. From 1999-2003, he taught at Southern Illinois University School of Law before joining the Cumberland School of Law faculty. During the summers, Denning has regularly taught constitutional law at the University of Tennessee College of Law and in Cumberland’s Study Abroad Program at Sidney Sussex College at Cambridge University. He served as the associate dean for academic affairs at Cumberland from 2014-2020. 

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Prof. Adam Winkler


UCLA School of Law

Professor Adam Winkler is a specialist in American constitutional law, the Supreme Court, and gun policy. His book We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (2018), was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, the California Book Award, and received the Scribes Award. He is also the author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America (2011), which won no awards but was the subject of a question on the popular game show Jeopardy!. His scholarship has been cited in landmark Supreme Court cases on the First and Second Amendments, and he is one of the twenty most cited law professors in judicial opinions today. His popular writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Atlantic, Slate, Scotusblog, and Daily Beast. He is a frequent commentator about legal issues and has appeared on Face the Nation, CNN, NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN, Newshour, ABC News, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Marketplace. He also served as co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (2d Edition).

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Anthony D. Ross


Senior Associate Murchison & Cumming LLP

Anthony “Tony” Ross became a lawyer because he has always had a strong sense of fairness and a desire to serve others. During law school, he was the Assistant to the President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which gave him a front row seat in the fight to preserve and defend the civil liberties enshrined in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Tony attended New York Law School and attended Rutgers University where he received a BA in Psychology and Economics. After law school, Tony embarked on a successful career as an entrepreneur in the hospitality space. He credits the success of his company to his ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds.

Tony was initially motivated to get more involved with BHBA because of its leadership on LGBTQ rights. As a Black Latino the long history of civil  rights advocacy is incredibly important to him. “I am looking forward to expanding our community’s representation among BHBA’s leadership and within the community,” said Ross, BHBA’s first openly gay president.

Ross focuses his practice on transportation and general liability matters. He has extensive experience in general liability, commercial litigation, personal injury, consumer protection, and business litigation matters.

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