Third Annual Executive Branch Review Conference

The Role of Congress in Policing the Administrative State
Start : Thursday, June 18, 2015 09:00 AM
End : Thursday, June 18, 2015 03:30 PM
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

The theme of the Third Annual Executive Branch Review Conference, what role does and should Congress play vis-a-vis the administrative state, will be developed in a series of addresses, debates and panel discussions. Experts will discuss incentives for Congressional action and inaction, reducing delegation from Congress to the agencies through more precise statutory language, the tools of Congressional oversight, and more. The conference will also include breakout sessions by selected practice groups to provide detailed discussion about executive branch activities in particular areas of the law.

Keynote Address:

Hon. Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader


Welcome & Opening Address - Audio/Video
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
East Room

  • Hon. Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate, Majority Leader

Breakout Sessions
9:40 – 11:10 a.m.

The Telecommunications Act: Can it Rein in the FCC? - Audio/Video
Senate Room

  • Mr. Jonathan Adelstein, President & CEO, PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association
  • Ms. Kelly Cole, National Association of Broadcasters
  • Ms. Grace Koh, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Mr. David B. Quinalty, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Moderator: Mr. Scott Belcher, Telecommunications Industry Association

The Clean Power Plan: A Bridge too Far? - Audio/Video
Promenade Room

  • Mr. David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Mr. Mark W. DeLaquil, Baker & Hostetler LLP 
  • Mr. Robert M. Sussman, Sussman & Associates 
  • Mr. Misha Tseytlin, West Virginia Attorney General's Office
  • Moderator: Ms. Elana Schor, Politico

Costs and Benefits vs. Smoke and Mirrors - Audio/Video
East Room

  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Boyden Gray & Associates
  • Mr. Michael A. Livermore, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Mr. Richard D. Morgenstern, Resources for the Future
  • Hon. Eugene Scalia, Gibson Dunn and Crutcher
  • Moderator: Hon. Susan E. Dudley, The George Washington University

Plenary Panel: Should Federal Law Enjoy a Presumption of Constitutionality? - Audio/Video
11:20 – 12:20 p.m.
East Room

  • Hon. David M. McIntosh, Club for Growth
  • Mr. Clark Neily, Institute for Justice 
  • Mr. M. Edward Whelan III, Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Moderator: Hon. Thomas B. Griffith, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Luncheon Panel: The Incentives behind Congressional Delegation - Audio/Video
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
State Room

  • Prof. Jack M. Beermann, Boston University School of Law
  • Prof. Gillian E. Metzger, Columbia Law School
  • Prof. Neomi J. Rao, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, The Federalist Society

Plenary Panel: Congressional Oversight - Audio/Video
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Promenade Room

  • Prof. Jonathan H. Adler, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Mr. Michael D. Bopp, Gibson Dunn and Crutcher
  • Prof. Sally Katzen, New York University School of Law
  • Mr. Adam J. White, Boyden Gray & Associates
  • Moderator: Hon. Todd F. Gaziano, Pacific Legal Foundation