2010-11 American Founders Luncheon Series
The Rivers Club, Pittsburgh
One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street

Randy Wenger, Esq., The Independence Law Center
March 13, 2012 – American Founders Luncheon
“James Wilson: A Founder Whose North Star Can Guide Our Rescue of Good Government”

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The mind of this Pennsylvania Delegate to the Constitutional Convention was described as “one blaze of light.” It was said of James Wilson that “Government seems to have been his peculiar study; all the political institutions of the world he knows in detail, and can trace the causes and effects of every revolution from the earliest stages of the Grecian commonwealth down to the present time.” A philosophical giant among giants, he was one of the most prolific speakers at the Constitutional Convention. Despite his disappointments, he was able to say that our constitution presented “the best form of government which has ever been offered to the world.” Washington ultimately appointed him one of our nation’s first Justices of the Supreme Court.

His ability to help craft a constitution and to administer it in the courts did not arise out of a vacuum. While his knowledge of history and philosophy were amazing, these were secondary. Instead, he understood law to be something that does not proceed from government but from God Himself. Those laws best suited to guide men and nations must harmonize with the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God and preserve the Natural Rights of Man. James Wilson’s insights into these Laws of Nature and Natural Rights were not only well suited for designing our remarkable constitution, but are vital to rebuilding the crumbling foundations of our Republic.

Join us for lunch on March 13, 2012, for $17.76 at Pittsburgh’s Rivers Club to hear The Independence Law Center’s Randy Wenger, Esq., discuss “James Wilson: A Founder Whose North Star Can Guide Our Rescue of Good Government.”

Randall Wenger is chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Family Institute and the Independence Law Center, which fights to defend citizen rights to exercise religious and other First Amendment freedoms.

Mr. Wenger holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania, the alma mater of American Founder James Wilson. He also he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago, the intellectual home of renowned economist Milton Friedman.

Mr. Wenger dedicates his life’s work to protecting the God-given freedoms enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. His commitment to these liberties led him to leave a career in the strategy wing of the Coopers & Lybrand management consulting division to pursue a degree in law. While at the University of Pennsylvania, he served as president of the law school’s Christian Legal Society before graduating in 2000. As an attorney with Clymer & Musser in his native Lancaster County, Pa., and later with Boyle, Neblett & Wenger in the Harrisburg area, Mr. Wenger practiced in numerous federal appellate and district courts around the country, specializing in public policy litigation. His work earned recognition from Alliance Defense Fund leaders as someone uniquely qualified to advocate for liberty and pro-family issues.

The founder of the non-profit Independence Law Center, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Institute, Mr. Wenger routinely provides counsel to citizens throughout the commonwealth struggling with private and public civil liberties issues. His lengthy list of legal cases includes challenges pertaining to:

  • the constitutionality of state and federal Defense of Marriage Acts (Cozen O’Connor v. Tobits; U.S. District Court, E.D. Pa.)
  • taxation of church property (Northumberland Baptist Church v. Wyoming County Board of Assessment Appeals and Revision of Taxes; Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas)
  • freedom to picket a pornography shop on public property (Routes 202 & 309 Novelties Gifts, Inc. v. The King’s Men; U.S. District Court, E.D. Pa.)
  • the right of a religious organization to deny a request to facilitate a civil union (Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Ass’n of the United Methodist Church v. Vespa-Papaleo; U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd. Circuit)
  • intervening on behalf of a pregnant minor seeking to not to be forced into an abortion. A baby boy was born on November 4, 2011.

Pennsylvania Family Institute and the Independence Law Center are located near the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.

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