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2015 National Lawyers Convention

The Role of Congress - November 12-14, 2015
Start : Thursday, November 12, 2015 08:00 AM
End : Saturday, November 14, 2015 06:00 PM

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Location:
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
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The Federalist Society's 2015 National Lawyers Convention is scheduled for Thursday, November 12 through Saturday, November 14 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The theme for this year's convention is: The Role of Congress.

On-line registration for the 2015 Annual National Lawyers Convention is now closed.

On-site registration will begin Thursday morning at the Mayflower Hotel and run during the hours listed below.

Registration Hours:
Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Agenda:


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2015 Lawyers Convention Annual Dinner
Governors' Roundtable featuring:



Hon. Sam Brownback
Governor,
State of Kansas


Hon. Nathan Deal
Governor,
State of Georgia


Hon. Pete Ricketts

Governor,
State of Nebraska


Hon. Scott Walker

Governor,
State of Wisconsin

Moderated by:

Mr. William Kristol
Editor,
The Weekly Standard

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2550 Calvert Street, NW
Thursday, November 12, 2015
7:00 p.m.
(ticketed event) BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
 


Fifteenth Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture

Featuring:

    
Hon. Tom Cotton
United States Senate,
Arkansas

(ticketed event)
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Friday, November 13, 2015
5:30 p.m.


Interview with:

    Kirsten Powers
Ms. Kirsten Powers,
USA Today Columnist, Daily Beast Columnist,
and FOX News Contributor

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Saturday, November 14, 2015
12:30 p.m.


Eighth Annual Rosenkranz Debate

RESOLVED: The Constitution is designed for a moral and religious people and it's wholly unsuited for the government of any other

Featuring:

     
Prof. Robert P. George
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence,
Princeton University
 

and


Prof. John O. McGinnis

George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law,
Northwestern University
School of Law

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Saturday, November 14, 2015
4:00 p.m.


Addresses By

Mr. Neil Eggleston
Assistant to the President
and White House Counsel

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Thursday, November 12, 2015
11:30 a.m.

           

The Honorable Orrin Hatch
United States Senator, Utah
 

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Friday, November 13, 2015
2:45 p.m.

The Honorable Michael S. Lee
United States Senator, Utah

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Thursday, November 12, 2015
9:00 a.m.


Speaker Highlights


Prof. Akhil Reed Amar
Yale University


Hon. Howard L. Berman
Former U.S. Representative


Prof. Neomi Rao
GMU Law School

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Showcase Panel Topics

  • The Original View of Congress
  • The Living Congress: Adaptation or Decline?
  • Can Changes in Incentives Significantly Address Congressional Dysfunction?


Practice Group Breakout Sessions

  • Agency Rule: How Congress can Reclaim its Legislative Authority
  • Ferguson, Baltimore, and Criminal Justice Reform
  • Constitutionality of Administrative Law Judges at the Securities and Exchange Commission 
  • Free Speech, Anti-Corruption, and the Criminalization of Government Affairs
  • The Role of Congress in Environmental Law
  • Which is the Most Dangerous Branch: Congress or Judiciary?
  • Explaining the Next Crisis
  • A Right to Speak Anonymously?  Political Contributors and Reporters’ Confidential Sources
  • The Role of Congress and Executive Agencies in 21st Century IP Regimes
  • When Should America Act to Maintain International Order
  • 80th Anniversary of the National Labor Relations Act & Congressional Action
  • Ten Years of the Roberts Court
  • “Prosecutors Run Amok”
  • Examination of the Obama Administration’s Protection of Religious Liberty
  • Broadband Re-regulation: The Battle Returns to the Courts


Confirmed Speakers

  • Prof. Sandra Aistars, Clinical Professor, George Mason School of Law and Sr. Scholar and Director, Copyright Policy & Research, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Prof. Akhil R. Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University
  • Prof. John S. Baker, Jr., Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center and Professor Emeritus, LSU Law School
  • Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Howard L. Berman, Former U.S. Representative, California’s 28th Congressional District, Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Hon. Keith R. Blackwell, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Mr. François-Henri Briard, Supreme Court Attorney (France)
  • Hon. James L. Buckley, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit (ret.) and former U.S. Senator
  • Mr. Michael A. Carvin, Partner, Jones Day
  • Prof. James W. Ceaser, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia
  • Mr. Neil Chatterjee, Policy Advisor, Office of the Senate Majority Leader
  • Prof. Salen Churi, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Bluhm-Helfand Director of the Innovation Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. Eric R. Claeys, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Hon. Tom Coburn, Former United States Senator, Oklahoma
  • Hon. Steven M. Colloton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • Mr. Earl W. Comstock, Partner, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
  • Ms. Jan Crawford, Political Correspondent and Chief Legal Correspondent, CBS News
  • Mr. Stephen J. Crimmins, Shareholder, Murphy & McGonigle PC
  • Mr. Christopher C. DeMuth, Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute
  • Prof. Neal E. Devins, Sandra Day O'Connor Professor of Law, Cabell Research Professor, Professor of Government, and Director, Institute of Bill of Rights Law, William & Mary Law School
  • Prof. Colin Dueck, Associate Professor, George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
  • Mr. Steven J. Duffield, Former Chief Counsel, Senator Jon Kyl
  • Prof. John F. Duffy, Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Prof. John C. Eastman, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service, Chapman University School of Law
  • Prof. Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law. Director, Classical Liberal Institute, New York University School of Law
  • Mr. Miguel A. Estrada, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Dr. Louis Fisher, Scholar in Residence, the Constitution Project
  • Mr. Benjamin H. Friedman, Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies, Cato Institute
  • Hon. Philip Gramm, U.S. Policy Metrics and former U.S. Senator
  • Mr. Todd P. Graves, Partner, Graves Garrett LLC
  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Boyden Gray & Associates and former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
  • Prof. Michael S. Greve, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Hon. Thomas B. Griffith, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Mr. Andrew M. Grossman, Associate, BakerHostetler
  • Hon. Raymond W. Gruender, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • Ms. Jeanne M. Hauch, Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University School of Law
  • Prof. Tara J. Helfman, Associate Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Mr. Brian H. Hook, former Assistant Secretary of State
  • Mr. Michael Hunter, First Assistant Attorney General, Oklahoma
  • Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Mr. Edward T. Kang, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
  • Mr. Neal K. Katyal, Hogan Lovells and former Acting U.S. Solicitor General
  • Hon. Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Hon. F. Scott Kieff, Commissioner, International Trade Commission
  • Mr. Stephen Klein, Pillar of Law Institute
  • Hon. Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Joan L. Larsen, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Michigan
  • Ms. Roslyn Layton, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Hon. Adam Laxalt, Attorney General, State of Nevada
  • Prof. Frances E. Lee, Professor, University of Maryland
  • Prof. Craig S. Lerner, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Dr. Gordon Lloyd, Robert and Katheryn Dockson Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
  • Mr. Arthur Loevy, Partner, Loevy & Loevy
  • Mr. Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, The Cato Institute
  • Mr. John G. Malcolm, Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, and Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Prof. William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Prof. David Mayhew, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University
  • Mr. Frank Medina, Senior Counsel & Director of Research, Better Markets
  • Prof. Gillian E. Metzger, U.S. Constitutional Law Scholar and Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Dr. David B. Muhlhausen, Research Fellow in Empirical Policy Analysis,  Center for Data Analysis, The Heritage Foundation
  • Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Prof. David S. Olson, Associate Professor, Boston College Law School
  • Prof. Michael S. Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Ms. Karen Shaw Petrou, Managing Partner, Federal Financial Analytics, Inc.
  • Prof. Todd E. Pettys, H. Blair and Joan V. White Chair in Civil Litigation, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Prof. Richard H. Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law
  • Ms. Bettina Poirier, ‎Staff Director and Chief Counsel, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Ms. Kirsten Powers, USA Today Columnist, Daily Beast Columnist, and FOX News Contributor
  • Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Mr. Robert Quinn, Senior Vice-President – Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer, AT&T
  • Prof. Arti K. Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law and co-Director, Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy
  • Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, U.S Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Prof. Neomi Rao, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Hon. John N. Raudabaugh, Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law, Ave Maria School of Law
  • Mr. David B. Rivkin, Jr., Partner, BakerHostetler
  • Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson, University Professor on the Environment, and Kerlin Professor Emeritus, Pace University School of Law
  • Hon. Mike J. Rogers, Former U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan
  • Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Georgetown University Law Center and Federalist Society Board of Directors
  • Mr. Paul S. Ryan, Senior Counsel, Campaign Legal Center
  • Prof. Tuan Samahon, Villanova University School of Law
  • Mr. Bill Samuel, Director of Government Affairs, AFL-CIO
  • Mr. William L. Saunders, Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs, Americans United for Life
  • Mr. Mark Schneider, General Counsel, Int'l Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • Prof. David Schoenbrod, Trustee Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Hon. David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Ms. Darpana M. Sheth, Constitutional Litigator, Institute for Justice
  • Hon. Jerry Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Prof. James A. Sonne, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Religious Liberty Clinic, Stanford Law School
  • Hon. David Stras, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Hon. George J. Terwilliger III, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Mr. Michael P. Tremoglie, Former Philadelphia Police Officer
  • Prof. Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Prof. Michael Uhlmann, Claremont Graduate University
  • Prof. J.W. Verret, Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Hon. Hans von Spakovsky, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Mr. Matthew L. Wiener, Executive Director, Administrative Conference of the United States
  • Mr. Robert L. Woodson, Sr., Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise
  • Hon. Robert P. Young, Jr., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Michigan
  • Mr. Peter R. Zeidenberg, Partner, Arent Fox LLP

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Up to 20 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits have been requested, including ethics credits. Direct all CLE inquiries to the Federalist Society’s national office – (202) 822-8138 or email cle@fed-soc.org.


Lodging:

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Reservations Toll Free: 877-212-5752
Reservations Local Phone: (202) 347-3000
Reserve your room online!

Reserve early! Washington, D.C. hotels are becoming booked very quickly for the fall convention season. To reserve overnight accommodations for the Convention, please contact The Mayflower directly or reserve your room online.

Inquire about the special rate of $262 per night offered to Federalist Society Convention registrants. Registrants must secure hotel rooms no later than October 19 in order to receive the discounted rate. Specify “Federalist Society” when contacting the Mayflower. If the Mayflower is booked and you cannot secure a room, contact the Society at (202) 822-8138 for assistance.

Reserve your room online!

Registration details:

On-line registration for the 2015 Annual National Lawyers Convention is now closed.

On-site registration will begin Thursday morning at the Mayflower Hotel and run during the hours listed below.

Registration Hours:
Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Take advantage of discounted rates by joining or renewing your membership today!

Agenda        Non-Member
Rate
      Member
Rate
      Student
Rate
Individual Day Rate   $100 per day   $100   $50
Annual Dinner Rate Sold Out*   $300   $200   $175
Barbara K. Olson Memorial
Lecture & Reception Rate
  $125   $75   $50

*The Annual Dinner is now sold out. To be placed on the waitlist, send an email to waitlist@fed-soc.org. All other agenda items are still available.

Register online or download our mail-in registration form.

  • Each day and social event must be purchased separately.
  • Purchase of a day includes all sessions, CLE, lunches.
  • CLE Materials will be available and will be distributed upon registration at the convention.
  • A hardcopy of materials can be provided upon request, request must be made during registration.

CANCELLATION FEE OF $100 AFTER MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2.  
NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9.