Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference

The Relationship between Congress and the Executive Branch
Start : Wednesday, May 17, 2017 09:00 AM
End : Wednesday, May 17, 2017 06:00 PM
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference will examine the changing and often convoluted relationship between the legislative and the executive branches in the United States government. This daylong conference will feature plenary panels, addresses, and breakout panels on topics such as “The Unitary Executive,” “Chevron Deference,” and “Congressional Oversight of Voting Rights.”

The Conference will begin with an opening address by Senator Mike Lee and end with a closing address by OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and a reception.


Opening Address - Audio/Video
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Mike Lee, United States Senate, Utah

Plenary Panel: What is Congress Doing to Reassert its Power Over Agencies? - Audio/Video
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Todd F. Gaziano, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Law and Executive Director of Pacific Legal Foundation's DC Center 
  • Hon. David M. McIntosh, President, Club for Growth and Vice Chairman, The Federalist Societ
  • Prof. David C. Vladeck, A.B. Chettle Chair in Civil Procedure, Georgetown University Law Center 
  • Moderator: Mr. Stuart S. Taylor, Jr., Contributing Editor, National Journal

Breakout Session: The Unitary Executive through Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump - Audio/Video
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
East Room

  • Mr. Neil Eggleston, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School 
  • Hon. Michael B. Mukasey, Of Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Moderator: Mr. Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution 

Breakout Session: Congressional Oversight of Voting Rights - Audio/Video
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Senate Room

  • Mr. Adam Ambrogi, Program Director, Elections, Democracy Fund Voice
  • Mr. Robert Popper, Senior Attorney and Director, Election Integrity Project, Judicial Watch
  • Mr. Robert A. Sensenbrenner, General Counsel, Committee on House Administration
  • Mr. John Tanner, Former Chief, United States Department of Justice Voting Section
  • Moderator: Mr. Will Consovoy, Partner, Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC

Breakout Session: Influence of Individual Members of Congress on Agencies - Audio/Video
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Palm Court Ballroom

  • Hon. James C. Miller, III, Senior Advisor, Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Mr. Alan C. Raul, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Mr. Zachary I. Schram, Oversight Counsel, United States Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee 
  • Moderator: Hon. Kathleen S. Casey, Senior Advisor, Patomak Global Partners 

Luncheon Panel: Is the Modern Congress Doing More Harm Than Good? - Audio/Video
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Lisa Heinzerling, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center 
  • Mr. Matthew Spalding,  Associate Vice President and Dean for Educational Programs, Hillsdale College
  • Mr. Adam J. White, Research Fellow, The Hoover Institution and Adjunct Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University 
  • Ms. Elizabeth B. Wydra, President, Constitutional Accountability Center

Breakout Session: Judicial Deference and Congressional Action - Audio/Video
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
East Room

  • Hon. Ronald A. Cass, Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law and President, Cass & Associates, PC 
  • Prof. John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Prof. Richard Pierce, Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Mr. M. Edward Whelan, President, Ethics and Public Policy Center 
  • Moderator: Hon. Thomas B. Griffith, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Breakout Session: The Barriers to the American Innovation Economy - Audio/Video
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Palm Court Ballroom

  • Ms. Sally Greenberg, Executive Director, National Consumers League 
  • Mr. Robert Fisher, Senior Vice President, Federal Government Relations, Verizon 
  • Mr. Abbott "Tad" Lipsky, Acting Director of Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission 
  • Mr. Bret Swanson, Visiting Fellow, Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology, American Enterprise Institute
  • Moderator: Hon. Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Keynote Address - Audio/Video
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Mick Mulvaney, Director, Office of Management and Budget

Closing Reception
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Palm Court Ballroom