2015 National Lawyers Convention
Panelists will examine the impact of the FCC's Open Internet Order and reclassification of broadband as a public utility and explore possible alternative regulatory regimes. What will the courts do? What should Congress do? What should a new Administration make its first broadband priorities? With the convergence of technologies, should the current platform-specific regulation be replaced with a more flexible, service-based regulatory scheme? How could such regulations impact developing business models and evolving technologies? How is the US faring against the rest of the world in the quest for broadband leadership?
Telecommunications: Broadband Re-regulation: The Battle Returns to the Courts
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
- Mr. Earl W. Comstock, Partner, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
- Mr. Miguel A. Estrada, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
- Ms. Roslyn Layton, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
- Mr. Robert Quinn, Senior Vice-President – Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer, AT&T
- Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
- Introduction: Ms. Kelly A. Donohue, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
The Mayflower Hotel Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
FBI Director James Comey recently testified before Congress about what he characterized as law enforcement's increasing lack of technical ability to carry out court orders to intercept and access communications and information because of a fundamental shift in communications services and technologies. This issue has been coined the “going dark" problem. According to Comey, changes in technology such as encryption hinder law enforcement’s ability to use investigative tools and follow critical leads to stop terrorists and cyber criminals.
Is "going dark" a real problem, or are Director Comey's concerns overblown? Do the means exist to develop techniques and tools, designed to mitigate the challenges associated with "going dark," while maintaining the privacy-protecting attributes of the technologies at issue?
Third Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
- Prof. Peter Swire, Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology and Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird LLP
- Mr. Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
The communications and technology sectors have seen an explosion of growth and innovation over the last decade, and yet the primary body of law governing these areas, The Communications Act, has not been updated since the days of dial-up internet. In 2013, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (Mich.) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (Oreg.) announced that they would commence efforts to “update the law to better meet the dynamic needs of the 21st century.” In January, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (S. Dak.) announced similar plans.
Our panel will discuss recent efforts to update the Communications Act for the modern internet age. What should a new framework look like? With the convergence of technologies, should the current platform-specific regulation be replaced with a more flexible, service-based regulatory scheme? Should special considerations still apply in certain services? How could such regulations impact developing business models and evolving technologies? Should the scope of the FCC’s jurisdiction remain the same? These and other issues will be explored.
This panel was presented on June 18, 2015, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC during the Third Annual Executive Branch Review Conference.
The Telecommunications Act: Can it Rein in the FCC?
9:40 – 11:10 a.m.
- Mr. Jonathan Adelstein, President & CEO, PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association
- Ms. Kelly Cole, National Association of Broadcasters
- Ms. Grace Koh, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Mr. David B. Quinalty, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Moderator: Mr. Scott Belcher, Telecommunications Industry Association
June 18, 2015 2015 National Student Symposium
We are in an age of accelerating technology but many fear we are also in an age of growing inequality. Does the fast pace of innovation pose a threat to social stability? Many fear that machines will take away jobs from the less skilled and extend the reach of superstars, thus deepening inequality. This panel will address the dangers of innovation to employment and equality and what, if anything, the government should do about it.
- Prof. Richard Epstein, NYU School of Law
- Ms. Beth Kregor, Director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School
- Prof. John McGinnis, Northwestern University School of Law
- Moderator: Hon. Frank Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
This program was presented on February 21, 2015, as part of the 2015 Federalist Society National Student Symposium. 2015 National Student Symposium
Given that everyone is getting older and more prone to disease, medical innovation is one of the most important measures, if not the most important measure, of a successful health policy. Technological acceleration, including advances in genomics and stem cell research, suggest that we are on the cusp of a golden age of medical innovation. But government-imposed price controls and other policies can reduce the incentives for devising new treatments, resulting in preventable death and illness. This panel will look at the effect of Obamacare, and the policies of the FDA on innovation. More generally, will the current regulatory processes and reimbursement policies equipped to manage the next generation of personalized medicine and diagnostic devices?
- Mr. Peter Huber, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
- Ms. Lindsay Kelly, Special Counsel, Irell & Manella LLP
- Mr. Gerald Masoudi, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP; former Chief Counsel, Food and Drug Administration
- Moderator: Hon. Thomas B. Griffith, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
This program was presented on February 21, 2015, as part of the 2015 Federalist Society National Student Symposium.