November 13th 2017 Meeting at Coco's Bakery Restaurant

Join us for lively discussion and a business meeting. New people and guests are always welcome. We are now meeting at out new location. Meetings are always the second Monday of every month.

Business agenda for Monday's meeting excluding raffle at 6:55pm

  1. Chairman's Call to Order & Welcome - 7:00 pm
  2. Treasurer's Report - 7:00 pm
  3. Secretary's Report - 7:05 pm
  4. Events Committee - 7:10 pm
  5. Candidate Introductions - 7:20 pm
  6. Old Business - 7:25 pm
  7. New Business - 7:30 pm
  8. Motion to Adjourn - 7:35 pm

The business meeting is followed by a guest speaker or topic of interest with a question and answer session lasting 30 minutes. This is your chance to get informed and involved in issues.

Outreach Topic: Civil Asset Forfeiture

  1. Guest Speaker - Keith Diggs (30 Minutes)

On Monday November 13th we welcome Keith Diggs, an attorney with the Institute for Justice’s Arizona office. He will speak on civil asset forfeiture, a true hot topic for libertarians. Arizona’s forfeiture laws are so highly complex and technical that even lawyers often struggle to understand them—let alone the average person. People caught up in Arizona’s forfeiture maze face a rigged system where each turn can lead to a dead-end. Property owners have only 30 days to either petition the prosecutor to reconsider the forfeiture or ask permission to go to court to fight back. But this process requires owners to file a sophisticated legal document with a lot of information—often without the benefit of a lawyer. If they miss the 30-day window or mess up the document, they lose their property forever. And most of the time, it is the prosecutor—not a judge—who decides what to give back and what to keep. Even worse, police and prosecutors get to keep 100 percent of what they forfeit, setting up a financial incentive to seize as much property and cash as they can. In fact, Arizona law enforcement seized more than $36,000,000 in 2015 alone.

  • Prior to joining the Institute for Justice as a full-time attorney, Keith was a constitutional law fellow at IJ’s headquarters office. He received his law degree cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2014, where he was an Executive Editor for the Michigan Law Review. Keith graduated from Emory University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, minoring in music. Keith is originally from Vienna, Va., and enjoys swimming, musical instruments, and motorcycles.

    Website: www.ij.org
    Email: kdiggs@ij.org

IJ-AZ’s first lawsuit protected a family-owned brake shop from being taken by the city of Mesa for the purely private benefit of a developer who wanted the land for a hardware store. IJ-AZ saved the brake shop, won a landmark legal precedent protecting Arizonans from eminent domain abuse and set the stage for the passage of the Arizona Private Property Rights Protection Act.

IJ-AZ’s efforts have also protected people’s right to earn an honest living, free from arbitrary government regulations, and made Arizona a freer place for entrepreneurs and consumers. Natural hair braiders, eyebrow threaders and small-scale landscapers and gardeners are now all free to practice their trades without unnecessary credentialing and licensing.

Our meetings are Open To All people regardless of their voter registration status.

Where: Coco's Restaurant Bakery (Private Room), 2026 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

When: This evening Monday, November 13th, 2017.

The meeting starts at 7:00 PM. Please arrive at 6:45 PM and order your dinner so you will be ready for the latest news.

Our meetings are held on the second Monday of each calendar month.