Economic Freedom

The Role of Economic Liberty in the United States

Administrative Law & Regulation and Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Groups Tuesday, March 28, 01:00 PMMWL Conference Rooms
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045

The Federalist Society will host a lunch and discussion on the role of Economic Liberty in the United States on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  Today, many job-seeking Americans and companies face significant government barriers that restrict their full participation in the economy.  These barriers, often in the form of restrictive regulatory regimes, prevent consumers from using their skills, entering new professions, and starting new businesses.  They also prevent low and middle class Americans from moving up the ladder.  Competition and free-markets have the power to spur innovation, create new business models, and drive economic opportunity and growth.  Policymakers, like Acting Chair of the Federal Trade Commission Maureen Ohlhausen, have begun to take actions to address these barriers.  For example, Ms. Ohlhausen recently announced the creation of an Economic Liberty Task Force to advance economic liberty issues, with a particular focus on occupational licensing regulations.  These topics and others will be addressed.

Confirmed Speakers Include: 

  • Hon. R. Ted Cruz, United States Senator, Texas
  • Hon. Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
  • Prof. Michelle P. Connolly, Professor of the Practice of Economics, Duke University
  • Clark Neily, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
  • Lawrence J. Spiwak, President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies

Florida and the Future of Trade Policy - Event Audio/Video

2017 Annual Florida Chapters Conference
Alice Ancona, Stephen Ezell, Thomas Palley, Bryan Riley, Morgan W. Streetman, Daniel Woodring February 10, 2017

This panel, Florida and the Future of Trade Policy, was held on February 4, 2017, at the 2017 Florida Chapters Conference at Disney's BoardWalk Inn at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Florida and the Future of Trade Policy
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

  • Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach for the Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Dr. Thomas Palley, Senior Economic Policy Advisor, AFL-CIO
  • Bryan Riley, Jay Van Andel Senior Policy Analyst, Trade Policy, The  Heritage Foundation
  • Moderator: Judge Jonathan Gerber, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal
  • Introduction: Morgan W. Streetman, Founder and Principal, Streetman Law
  • Remarks: Daniel Woodring, Principal Attorney, Woodring Law Firm

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Labor Issues in the Sharing Economy

Short video on the Sharing Economy
February 09, 2017

The sharing economy is changing the nature of work, yet it doesn’t fit clearly within laws governing labor and employment. In this short documentary, policy experts, lawyers, and sharing economy workers weigh in on the debate over "contractors v. employees" and what kind of protections workers need in this new economy.

Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman: Credit Card Surcharge Case

Short video featuring Jeffrey Harris
Jeffrey M. Harris January 08, 2017

Do state laws banning surcharging credit card transactions violate the First Amendment?  A case before the Supreme Court, Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, will consider whether these laws unconstitutionally restrict speech communicating price information or whether they simply regulate economic activity.  Jeffrey Harris, Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, discusses the case. The Supreme Court will hear oral argument on January 10, 2017.