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Liberty's Nemesis: The Unchecked Expansion of the State

New York City Lawyers Chapter Tuesday, February 09, 06:00 PM3 West Club
3 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019


  • Hon. Bob Barr - Former U.S. Representative (GA-7)
  • Cleta Mitchell - Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Troy A. Paredes - Former Commissioner, United States Securities and Exchange Commission
  • John Yoo - Emmanuel S. Heller Professor of Law School of Law, University of California at Berkeley

Moderated by: DEAN A. REUTER, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

City Attorney Candidates Debate

San Diego Lawyers Chapter Tuesday, February 09, 06:00 PMIPJ Theater
University of San Diego
School of Law
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Come watch and meet the candidates for the 2016 San Diego City Attorney election at the University of San Diego! Five San Diego attorneys will debate each other to determine who should be San Diego’s next elected City Attorney.


Intellectual Property and First Principles

Hosted by The Federalist Society’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and The Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies Wednesday, February 10, 11:00 AMCato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Conservatives and libertarians are sometimes divided on the question of whether intellectual property is really property, and how much protection it deserves. On one hand, intellectual property is a product of mixing labor with material in the public domain, and it’s freely alienable, able to be bought, sold, licensed, or used as the owner sees fit. On this view, intellectual property is a bedrock natural right, central to economic and personal freedom, which the United States Constitution empowers Congress to protect. The contrary position, taken by some libertarians, views intellectual property as a government-conferred right that encourages political rent-seeking, restricts liberty, and thwarts innovation. Please join us as our panel of experts debates who has the better of the argument.


  • Mr. Eli Dourado, Director, Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School
  • Mr. Jim Harper, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
  • Mr. Randolph J. May, President, The Free State Foundation and Co-Author, The Constitutional Foundations of Intellectual Property
  • Moderator: Dr. Roger Pilon, Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

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