407. The Right to Bear Arms: Rethinking the Second Amendment

DATE: Saturday, July 22, 2017      TIME: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: City Hall, Committee Room 119

Why do we have the Second Amendment? What right does it purport to convey and to whom? How have the courts recently interpreted the extent of this provision of the Bill of Rights? How does it apply to our lives and modern American society? Come hear a thoughtful discussion of the Second Amendment by Chuck D. Michel, one of the leading authorities on Federal and California firearms law, Professor Adam Winkler of UCLA, an oft-cited specialist in Constitutional law, and Chris Cheng, the champion of Season 4 of the History Channel's show Top Shot.

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Hogene Choi

Hogene Choi works on a range of intellectual property matters, focusing primarily on patent prosecution, transactions, and counseling. Ms. Choi has patent prosecution experience covering technologies related to internet applications and server-side architecture, desktop applications and operating systems, EDA, graphics and audio/video as well as semiconductors, electronics, nanotechnology and the mechanical arts. Ms. Choi has worked on both U.S. and international patent prosecution, pre-acquisition due diligence, post-acquisition portfolio mining and pre-assertion due diligence.


Author, History Channel's Top Shot Season 4 Champion

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel's Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of the highly acclaimed book, "Shoot to Win" - a book for the new shooter. A self-taught amateur, Cheng beat 17 professionals to win the title of "Top Shot," a $100,000 cash prize, and a professional shooting contract with Bass Pro Shops. He quit his job at Google to tour the country and live the life of a pro shooter.

Cheng passionately advocates for gun and gay rights. Cheng is a member of the firearm industry's NSSF Outreach Advisory Board, and has since returned to tech full time as an executive for a leading FinTech firm.

CEO, Senior Partner, Michel & Associates, P.C.

Chuck Michel

Mr. Michel is CEO, and Senior Partner at Michel & Associates, P.C. His practice focuses on adversarial litigation and regulatory compliance advice in the fields of firearms law, civil rights, land use, and environmental law. He has been lead counsel in over 50 jury trials.

Mr. Michel is recognized as one of the leading authorities on California and federal firearms laws in the country. For over two decades he has played a significant role in advocating and defending individual civil and constitutional rights, and particularly Second Amendment rights, and in helping to shape related legislation. He has been instrumental in crafting some of the most important legal challenges to legislation that infringes on rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

Mr. Michel represents many of the most prominent shooting sports and self-defense civil rights associations in the world, including the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), and has represented many different clients in high profile cases that garnered significant media attention. He is a regular commentator and frequent contributor to national media discussions, and has appeared as a spokesperson for the NRA, CRPA, other associations, and individual clients on dozens of video and radio interviews and in hundreds of newspaper articles.

Mr. Michel is an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University Fowler School of Law in Orange, California, where he teaches firearms law and law practice management. He is the author of the book California Gun Laws – A Guide to State and Federal Firearm Regulations. He has also published numerous articles and editorials in the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Journal, and many other state and national newspapers.

Mr. Michel began his career with a coveted judicial clerkship with United States District Court Judge William J. Rea in Los Angeles. He worked as a criminal prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as well as for several Southern California cities, and as an advocate with the Los Angeles Federal Public Defender’s office. Mr. Michel also practiced environmental and general civil litigation as an attorney at the renowned international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP. While at O’Melveny, Mr. Michel represented all manner of clients, from individuals to multinational corporations. His varied experience included representing Exxon Corporation in connection with the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and serving as Staff Counsel to the “Christopher Commission” investigating the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in the wake of the Rodney King incident under the leadership of former Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

Mr. Michel graduated near the top of his class from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1980 and then from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1989, again near the top of his class. In law school he won two prestigious awards for trial advocacy and writing skills, one through the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Michel has been profiled in recognition of his work in numerous newspaper, magazine, radio, TV and social media platforms.

Professor, UCLA School of Law

Adam Winkler


Adam Winkler is a specialist in American constitutional law. His scholarship has been cited and quoted in landmark Supreme Court cases, including opinions on the Second Amendment and on corporate political speech rights. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, Scotusblog, and The Daily Beast. He is a frequent commentator about legal issues and has appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News, the Newshour, ABC News, All Things Considered, Marketplace, and public radio stations across the country. He is the author of over two dozen scholarly articles; co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (2d Edition); and has written over 100 opinion pieces on legal issues. In 2011, he published Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America (W. W. Norton), which the Los Angeles Times called "intellectually satisfying, emotionally rewarding…an antidote to so much in the gun debate that is one-sided and dishonest."

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Professor Winkler went to the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University intending to join the CIA. But after graduating in 1990 he took the more mundane path of going to law school. He earned a law degree from New York University in 1993 and moved back to Los Angeles to practice law. In his first case out of law school, he represented the late Michael Jackson in a highly publicized child-molestation case. He was also part of the defense team that initially represented O.J. Simpson in the football player’s infamous murder trial. This was more than enough to convince him to return to academia.

He clerked for David Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then received a master’s degree in political science from UCLA under Professor Karen Orren. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty in 2002, he was the John M. Olin Fellow at the University of Southern California Law School’s Center in Law, Economics and Organization (2001-02).

He is currently writing a book on the constitutional rights of corporations.