Government Law (State/Federal)

Is the Modern Congress Doing More Harm Than Good? - Event Audio/Video

Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
Lisa Heinzerling, Matthew Spalding, Adam J. White, Elizabeth Wydra, Dean A. Reuter June 07, 2017

The Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference will examine the changing and often convoluted relationship between the legislative and the executive branches in the United States government. The Conference began with an opening address by Senator Mike Lee and concluded with a closing address by OMB Director Mick Mulvaney.

This panel of the 2017 Executive Branch Review Conference was held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 2017.

Luncheon Panel: Is the Modern Congress Doing More Harm Than Good?
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Lisa Heinzerling, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center 
  • Mr. Matthew Spalding,  Associate Vice President and Dean for Educational Programs, Hillsdale College
  • Mr. Adam J. White, Research Fellow, The Hoover Institution and Adjunct Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University 
  • Ms. Elizabeth B. Wydra, President, Constitutional Accountability Center
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, General Counsel, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

Interpreting State Constitutions - Event Audio/Video

Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference
Judith L. French, Jeffrey S. Sutton, Steve Yarbrough, Matthew T. Kemp April 25, 2017

State courts are often faced with cases raising arguments under state and federal law. If there are similar provisions in both the United States Constitution and the Ohio Constitution, how should judges interpret these provisions? Must they be interpreted in the same way? If not, then what is needed to justify a court's decision to interpret text in the Ohio Constitution differently than similar (or even identical) text in the United States Constitution?

This panel was held during the Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference at the Athletic Club of Columbus on Friday, March 31, 2017.


  • Hon. Judith French, Ohio Supreme Court 
  • Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • Moderator: Hon. Steve Yarbrough, Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals
  • Introduction: Matt Kemp, President, Toledo Lawyers Chapter

Athletic Club of Columbus
Columbus, OH

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

Debate—State Blaine Amendments - Event Audio/Video

2017 Annual Western Chapters Conference
David A. Cortman, Steven Green, Carlos T. Bea, Lisa Ezell February 06, 2017

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley. The case questions whether the exclusion of churches from an otherwise neutral and secular aid program violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of Free Exercise of Religion and the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. Debaters will address this case along with the Blaine Amendment implications.

This panel was part of the 2017 Annual Western Chapters Conference at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA on January 28, 2017.

Debate—State Blaine Amendments
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • David A. Cortman, Senior Counsel and Vice President of U.S. Litigation, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Prof. Steven Green, Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Religion, Law & Democracy, Willamette University College of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Carlos Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • Introduction: Lisa Ezell, Vice President & Director of Lawyers Chapters, The Federalist Society

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Simi Valley, CA

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