Government Law (State/Federal)

A Debate on the Politicization of the United States Department of Justice

Memphis Lawyers Chapter Tuesday, February 23, 11:30 AMThe Madison Hotel
79 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103



  • Steven J. Mulroy, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law; Former U.S. Department of Justice Attorney specializing in election law; Former Shelby County Commissioner

Upward Redistribution, Government Policy, and Rent Seeking - Event Audio/Video

18th Annual Faculty Conference
David Snyder, Ilya Somin, James Y. Stern, Jonathan H. Adler January 16, 2016

This panel will consider to what extent the disproportionate increase in income among the very wealthy is due not to market forces but to rent seeking and government policies that are the product of rent seeking.  It will also discuss possible solutions.

This panel took place during the 18th Annual Faculty Conference at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York, NY on January 8, 2016.

Panel: Upward Redistribution, Government Policy, and Rent Seeking
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Prof. David Snyder, American University Washington College of Law
  • Prof. Ilya Somin, George Mason School of Law
  • Prof. James Stern, William & Mary Law School
  • Moderator: Prof. Jonathan H. Adler, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
New York, NY

The Role of Congress in Environmental Law - Event Audio/Video

2015 National Lawyers Convention
Eric R. Claeys, Matt Leggett, Nicholas A. Robinson, David Schoenbrod, Steven Colloton November 19, 2015

Environmental law and policy raise profound questions about Congress's role and responsibilities. Many environmental regulatory statutes leave the Environmental Protection Agency with broad discretion. Although these grants of discretion create flexibility and take advantage of EPA expertise, they also invite congressional passivity, create administrative problems, and increase special-interest pressures on the EPA and Congress alike. Congressional-EPA relations matter now more than ever because many major federal environmental laws are now more than 40 years old. The EPA is using currently enabling language from old environmental organic acts to regulate global climate change and other cutting-edge problems. What are the proper relations between Congress and the EPA? If these relations are out of alignment, can Congress realign them and how? Panelists will explore these questions with examples ranging from hydrofracturing through clean water and clean air regulation.

Environmental Law: The Role of Congress in Environmental Law
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
East Room

  • Prof. Eric R. Claeys, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Mr. Matt Leggett, Policy Counsel on Energy, Environment, and Agriculture, U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee
  • Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson, University Professor on the Environment, and Kerlin Professor Emeritus, Pace University School of Law
  • Prof. David Schoenbrod, Trustee Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Steven M. Colloton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

Overreach in the States - Event Audio/Video

2015 National Lawyers Convention
Adam Laxalt, William H. Pryor Jr., Adam J. White, Leonard A. Leo November 18, 2015

This panel of current and former state Attorneys General will examine the relationship between the federal and state governments, vertical separation of powers, as well as the regulatory regime within states. Many state AG offices are litigating more, and more important cases, than ever before. A recent spate of lawsuits has pitted a fair number of states against the federal government, challenging underlying federal authority for discreet actions taken. Meanwhile, laws and regulations by state government actors, including business licensing and other regulations governing business and employment, are being challenged by others, often defended by state Attorneys General. The panel will discuss and debate these and other emerging challenges.

Special Session: Overreach in the States
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Adam Laxalt, Attorney General, State of Nevada
  • Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Moderator: Mr. Adam J. White, Counsel, Boyden Gray & Associates
  • Introduction: Mr. Leonard A. Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC