Executive Branch/Power

Executive Power in the Age of Trump

Philadelphia Lawyers Chapter Thursday, February 09, 04:00 PMCeremonial Courtroom | U.S. District Court
601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Scott Coffina - Senior Deputy Chief Counsel to Gov. Chris Christie and former Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush 
  • Michael Moreland - Professor of Law at Villanova University and former Associate Director for Domestic Policy for President George W. Bush
  • Mark Rahdert - Professor of Law at Temple University 
  • Moderator: William M. McSwain Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

The Second Annual Mike Lewis Memorial Teleforum

International & National Security Law Practice Group Teleforum Tuesday, January 24, 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

In the summer of 2015, the Federalist Society lost a great friend with the passing of Professor Michael W. Lewis. Professor Lewis was a veteran, a scholar, and a loving father and husband. His specialties were in the areas of the law of armed conflict and International Humanitarian Law. Last year, the Mike Lewis Memorial Teleforum focused on the U.S. Department of Defense Law of War Manual. This year, our experts will discuss the White House Report on the Use of Force.

In December 2016, the Obama Administration released a comprehensive report on the "legal and policy frameworks" governing the use of military force.  The report sets forth the Obama Administration's view of the domestic and international legal bases for military operations against terrorist groups; the law of armed conflict and targeting in those operations; detention; civilian casualties; interrogation; and other related issues.  This Teleforum will analyze the document's description of the applicable law, but will also consider why the Obama Administration chose to release this unusual document at this point and what effect (if any) it will have on policy and practice going forward.


  • Mr. Steven G. Bradbury, Partner, Dechert LLP
  • Mr. Phillip Carter, Senior Fellow & Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program, Center for a New American Security
  • Adam Klein, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security