2015 Texas Chapters Conference

Event - Dallas, TX - September 19, 2015
Start : Saturday, September 19, 2015 08:00 AM
End : Saturday, September 19, 2015 05:00 PM
The George W. Bush Presidential Center
The Bush Institute
2943 SMU Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75205




2015 Texas Chapters Conference in Dallas, Texas.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center
The Bush Institute

2943 SMU Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75205

Saturday, September 19, 2015

A Retrospective on the Rule of Law and the George W. Bush Administration

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Sponsored by the Texas Chapters of the Federalist Society


Welcome - Audio/Video
9:00 a.m.

  • Hon. Margaret Spellings, President, George W. Bush Presidential Center and former United States Secretary of Education

Panel: The War on Terror - Audio/Video
9:05 a.m.-10:50 a.m. 

  • Hon. Michael Chertoff, former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
  • William Haynes, II, former General Counsel, Department of Defense
  • Hon. Michael Mukasey, former Attorney General, Department of Justice
  • Larry D. Thompson, former Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice
  • Moderator:  John Rizzo, former Acting General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency

Interview: The 2008 Financial Crisis - Audio/Video
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 Noon 

  • Keith Hennessey, former Assistant to President George W. Bush for Economic Policy and Director of the U.S. National Economic Council
  • Interviewer:  Marc Kesselman, former General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture and former Deputy General Counsel of Office of Management and Budget

Lunch and Keynote Speaker - Audio/Video not available.
12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m.

  • Justice Samuel Alito, United States Supreme Court

[Media Guidelines: Still camera, pencil, and pad coverage only. Recording devices are permitted for note taking purposes but not for broadcast.]

Panel: The Judiciary - Audio/Video not available.
2:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Rachel Brand, Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush, and former Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy, Department of Justice
  • Reginald J. Brown, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush
  • Leonard Leo, Executive Vice President, Federalist Society
  • Harriet Miers, former White House Counsel to President George W. Bush 
  • Moderator:  Hon. Priscilla R. Owen, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration details:

The conference registration fee includes admission, meals (breakfast, lunch, and closing reception), admission to the Library, and 4.25 hours of Texas CLE credit.

Registration closes on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th. Cancellations and full refunds will be granted up until Saturday, September 12th. There will be no more accepted cancellations after SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th. 


Please note the Bush Institute entrance is not the same entrance as the Library/Museum. Please park in the Visitor Parking Lot just north of the Center on SMU Boulevard and Bush Avenue. Cross SMU Boulevard from the parking lot to the Center. Before reaching the fountain, take a right onto a path following the exterior of the building. This path will lead you to a set of stairs that will take you down to the Bush Institute entrance.?

Hotel Accommodations:
A limited number of rooms at the Hotel Lumen are available to Conference registrants at the discounted rates of $194-$259 per night plus taxes and hotel fees. Reservations must be made no later than August 19, 2015 by calling
1(800) 908-1140 and mentioning the Federalist Society. 

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