Article I Initiative Conference

Article I Initiative
Start : Thursday, January 12, 2017 09:00 AM
End : Thursday, January 12, 2017 06:00 PM

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Capitol Visitor Center Atrium and Auditorium
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515

The overarching objective of the Federalist Society's Article I Initiative is to provide an explanatory theory of Congress and its role in the American constitutional system as envisioned by the Framers. To that end, the Society has brought together top academics in the field to discuss their ideas in a forum accessible to those who have the most influence over the institutional health of the US Congress. This all-day conference will feature discussions of white papers geared towards exploring the role of Congress.

Paper authors: Chris DeMuth, Jim Ceaser, Keith Whittington, Jonathan Klick, Sai Prakash, Neomi Rao.


  • Prof. Sai Prakash, University of Virginia Law School
  • Hon. David McIntosh, Club for Growth
  • Prof. Neomi Rao, Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Hon. Ron DeSantis, US House of Representatives
  • Prof. Keith Whittington, Princeton University
  • Mr. Tom Hungar, General Counsel, US House of Representatives
  • Hon. Steve King, US House of Representatives
  • Prof. Jonathan Klick, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Hon. Tom Davis, US House of Representatives, retired
  • Prof. Jim Ceaser, University of Virginia
  • Prof. David Schoenbrod, New York University Law School
  • Hon. Chris Shays, US House of Representatives, retired
  • Hon. Chris DeMuth, Hudson Institute
  • Prof. Michael Greve, Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Hon. Jim Buckley, US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit

9:00 a.m.

First Panel: Congress' Constitution: A Bird' Eye Perspective
9:15 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Second Panel: Collective Congress: Lawmaking in the Structural Constitution
10:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Lunch and Third Panel: The Place of Congress in the Constitutional Order
12:00 noon - 1:45 p.m.

Fourth Panel: Wealth and Congress
2:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Fifth Panel: Can the Constitution Save Congress?
3:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sixth Panel: Congress and the Dilemma of Fiscal Restraint
4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Registration details:

There is no charge for this event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Please register online.