Executive Branch/Power

The Role of White House Counsel - Podcast

Administrative Law and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Groups Podcast
Timothy E. Flanigan, C. Boyden Gray March 17, 2017

In recent weeks, there has been a flurry of editorials on the proper role of the White House Counsel, driven by criticism of White House Counsel Donald McGahn. After the rollout of President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order, some, like Jack Goldsmith, have written that McGahn should have worked with other agencies before the Order was released to prevent the chaos that ensued.

But what is the proper role of the White House Counsel? Is it to coordinate inter-agency reaction? Should he or she provide legal support to the President first? Or is his or her real client the office of the presidency? Former White House Counsel C. Boyden Gray and former Deputy White House Counsel Timothy Flanigan joined us to help answer these questions and many others.


  • Hon. Timothy E. Flanigan, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Corporate Secretary, Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Former Deputy White House Counsel to President George W. Bush
  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Founding Partner, Boyden Gray & Associates; Former White House Counsel to President George H.W. Bush

Travel Moratorium Executive Order - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
David J. Bier, Andrew C. McCarthy, Shireen Qudosi March 01, 2017

On January 21, President Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.” The order suspended immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the country by citizens of seven majority Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. It also suspended refugee admission into the United States for 120 days, and barred entry of Syrian refugees until further notice. The stated order’s purpose was to “ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles.”

The Washington State Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the order in District Court citing harm to Seattle residents. Judge James Robart in the Western District of Washington issued a restraining order on February 3 halting President Trump’s executive order nationwide. The Department of Justice appealed the restraining order to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which rejected the Justice Department’s appeal for an emergency stay.

David Bier of CATO and Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review, who have both written on the topic (see their pieces here and here respectively), joined activist Shireen Qudosi, Director of Muslim Matters with America Matters, to discuss the legality of the executive order in the second episode of our Executive Orders Teleforum Series.


  • Andrew C. McCarthy, Senior Fellow, National Review Institute
  • David J. Bier, Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity 
  • Shireen Qudosi, Director of Muslim Matters, America Matters 

Remarks by Vice President Michael R. Pence - Event Audio/Video

Philadelphia Lawyers Chapter
Michael R. Pence, Eugene B. Meyer February 10, 2017

These remarks were given by the Honorable Michael R. Pence, Vice President of the United States on February 4, 2017, at Congress Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Vice President Pence was welcomed by Eugene B. Meyer, President of the Federalist Society. Prayer was led by Reverend Paul Rourke, SJ, Chaplain of the Georgetown University Law Center. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Vance Thomas Yanney II of the Shipley School, and the national anthem was sung by Leigh Emery, Co-founder of Broadway Lights the Night.

Combating Federal Overreach - Event Audio/Video

2017 Annual Florida Chapters Conference
Amit Agarwal, Andrew Brasher, Scott Keller, Elbert Lin, Allen Winsor, Rachel Nordby February 10, 2017

This panel, Combating Federal Overreach, 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.

Combating Federal Overreach
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

  • Amit Agarwal, Solicitor General, Florida
  • Andrew Brasher, Solicitor General, Alabama
  • Scott Keller, Solicitor General, Texas
  • Elbert Lin, Solicitor General, West Virginia
  • Moderator: Hon. Allen Winsor, Florida 1st District Court of Appeals and Former Solicitor General, Florida
  • Introduction: Rachel Nordby, Deputy Solicitor General, Florida Office of the Attorney General

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
Lake Buena Vista, FL

President Trump's "One-In-Two-Out" Executive Order - Podcast

Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
Susan E. Dudley, Jitinder Kohli February 10, 2017

President Trump took a step toward fulfilling his campaign promise to cut regulations last week when he signed an executive order calling for two regulations to be eliminated for every new one issued. The president has indicated that the order will yield “the largest ever cut by far in terms of regulations.” But some are worried that it is a Sophie’s choice for regulatory agencies, and the order will change how regulators do business in the U.S.

Professor Susan Dudley, director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center explained what the order does and does not do. Jitinder Kohli, former head of the UK Better Regulation Executive, described lessons learned from the UK’s “one-in-three-out” policy. This Teleforum was the first episode in the Executive Order Teleforum Series


  • Professor Susan Dudley, Director, George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center
  • Jitinder Kohli, Director in Public Sector Practice, Deloitte Consulting