2009 National Lawyers Convention Schedule

The Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention is scheduled for Thursday, November 12 through Saturday, November 14 at the Mayflower Hotel. The theme for this year's convention is "The Federal Government's Economic Role in our Constitutional System." The Annual Dinner will take place the evening of Thursday, November 12 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

On-line registration for the 2009 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. You will be able to register for all events at the registration table.

Registration Hours:
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Last updated on Monday, November 9, at 10:15 a.m.
Updates marked in red.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Welcome and Opening Address 
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Jeff Sessions, U.S. Senate

Showcase Panel I: Redistribution of Wealth
9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Visiting Professor of Law, New York University Law School
  • Mr. Steve Forbes, Chairman and CEO, Forbes Inc. and Editor, Forbes Magazine
  • Prof. Jed Rubenfeld, Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Mr. Andrew L. Stern, President, Service Employees International Union
  • Moderator: Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

General Luncheon (Ticketed event) 
11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
     
Criminal Law: Drug Enforcement Policy
11:30 noon – 1:45 p.m.
East Room

  • Prof. John S. Baker Jr., Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law, Louisiana State University Law Center
  • Prof. Mariano-Florentino “Tino” Cuéllar, Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Mr. Aryeh Neier, President, Open Society Institute
  • Hon. John P. Walters, Executive Vice President, Hudson Institute
  • Moderator: Hon. Robert P. Young, Jr., Michigan Supreme Court

Intellectual Property: Intellectual Property and Economic Growth 
11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Chinese Room   

  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Visiting Professor of Law, New York University Law School
  • Prof. F. Scott Kieff, The George Washington University Law School
  • Prof. Michael J. Meurer, Michaels Faculty Research Scholar, Boston University School of Law
  • Mr. Daniel B. Ravicher, President and Executive Director, Public Patent Foundation
  • Moderator: Prof. Mark F. Schultz, Associate Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law

Litigation: The Future of Federal Pre-Emption 
11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
State Room

  • Dr. Michael S. Greve, John G. Searle Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Prof. Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest/Public Service, The George Washington University Law School
  • Prof. Catherine M. Sharkey, New York University School of Law
  • Hon. Daniel E. Troy, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Moderator: Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Environmental Law: The Future of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
East and State Rooms  

  • Hon. Susan E. Dudley, Director, George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center
  • Mr. Michael A. Livermore, Executive Director, New York University School of Law Institute for Policy Integrity
  • Mr. Daryl L. Joseffer, Partner, King & Spalding
  • Ms. Lisa E. Heinzerling, Associate Administrator, Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Moderator: Hon. Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Professional Responsibility: The Role of Government Attorneys and the Global War on Terror 
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom

  • Mr. Miguel A. Estrada, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
  • Prof. W. Bradley Wendel, Cornell University Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Diane S. Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Civil Rights: Affirmative Action in the Obama Era
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  
East Room and State Room

  • Ms. Shirley J. Wilcher, Executive Director, American Association for Affirmative Action
  • Prof. Theodore M. Shaw, Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University School of Law
  • Ms. Linda L. Chavez, Chairman, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • Hon. Peter N. Kirsanow, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Moderator: Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Federalism: Federalism and the Economic Crisis
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  
Grand Ballroom

  • Dean John C. Eastman, Dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law, Chapman University School of Law
  • Prof. Malcolm M. Feeley, Claire Sanders Clements Dean's Chair Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall
  • Prof. Roderick M. Hills, William T. Comfort, III Professor, New York University School of Law
  • Prof. Ilya Somin, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit


  
Madison Club Reception (Invitation only) BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
6:00 p.m.    
Omni Shoreham
2500 Calvert Street, NW

Lawyers Convention Reception (Ticketed event) BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
6:00 p.m.   
Omni Shoreham
2500 Calvert Street, NW

Lawyers Convention Annual Dinner (Ticketed event) BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
7:00 p.m.    
Omni Shoreham
2500 Calvert Street, NW

  • Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court

 


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Constitutional Interpretation & the Bill of Rights
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom

  • Presentation: Prof. Burt Neuborne, Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties, Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law 
  • Commentary: Prof. Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Showcase Panel II: Bailouts and the Government as Insurer of Last Resort
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Gray & Schmitz LLP and Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
  • Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.
  • Dr. Robert D. McTeer, Distinguished Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis
  • Hon. Steven Wallman, Chief Executive Officer, Foliofn
  • Moderator: Hon. Janice Rogers Brown, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

General Luncheon (Ticketed event)
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

Financial Services: Re-Privatization of the Financial Sector
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
East Room

  • Mr. John A. Allison, Chairman, BB&T Corporation and Distinguished Professor of Practice, Wake Forest University School of Business
  • Prof. William Black, Associate Professor of Economics and Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • Mr. Michael Paese, Director of Government Affairs, Goldman Sachs
  • Mr. Alex J. Pollock, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Mr. Andrew J. Redleaf, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Whitebox Advisors LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Labor: Wall Street, Labor Unions, and the Obama Administration: A New Paradigm for Capital and Labor? 
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. 
Chinese Room

  • Mr. Harold Meyerson, Editor-at-Large, The American Prospect 
  • Ms. Amity Shlaes, Senior Fellow for Economic History, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Mr. Damon A. Silvers, Associate General Counsel, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • Prof. Todd J. Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Steven J. Law, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

International: International Law: Agreements Between Sovereigns or World Government?
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
State Room

  • Mr. François-Henri Briard, Supreme Court Attorney (France), Delaporte, Briard & Trichet
  • Prof. Oona A. Hathaway, Yale Law School
  • Hon. Brian H. Hook, former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
  • Prof. Jeremy A. Rabkin, George Mason University School of Law
  • Ms. Laura M. Olson, Senior Counsel, The Constitution Project
  • Moderator: Mr. Bret Stephens, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Wall Street Journal

Address 
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Hon. Michael B. Mukasey, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton and Former U.S. Attorney General

Free Speech: The Fairness Doctrine
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  
State Room

  • Prof. Thomas W. Hazlett, Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University
  • Mr. Seton Motley, Communications Director, Media Research Center
  • Prof. Jamin Ben Raskin, Director, Law and Government Program, Washington College of Law, American University College of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Religious Liberties: Religious Liberty and the Limits of Government Power
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
 

  • Prof. Alan E. Brownstein, Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality, University of California, Davis, School of Law
  • Prof. Ira C. “Chip” Lupu, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Hon. Michael W. McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law, Stanford Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Brett M. Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture (Ticketed event)
5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit 

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Reception (Ticketed event)
5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
East and State Rooms

 


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Showcase Panel III: Regulation of Financial Institutions 
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Paul S. Atkins, Congressional Oversight Panel and Former U.S. SEC Commissioner
  • Ms. Stephanie R. Breslow, Partner, Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP
  • Dean Paul G. Mahoney, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law,  Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Hon. Annette L. Nazareth, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit  

Administrative Law: Breakdown of the Public-Private Distinction: Implications for the Administrative State
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  
Chinese Room

  • Mr. David Berenbaum, Executive Vice President, National Community Reinvestment Coalition 
  • Mr. David G. Leitch, Group Vice President and General Counsel, Ford Motor Company
  • Prof. J.W. Verret, Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Prof. David Zaring, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Moderator: Hon. Ronald A. Cass, President, Cass & Associates, PC

Corporations: Delaware's New Competition: The Creeping Federalization of American Corporate Law
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
State Room

  • Prof. Stephen M. Bainbridge, William D. Warren Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Mr. Cornish F. Hitchcock, Hitchcock Law Firm PLLC
  • Mr. David A. Katz, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Prof. Roberta Romano, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Professor of Law and Director, Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Thomas M. Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit  


Telecommunications: Broadband Policy -- One Year In 
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
East Room 

  • Prof. Marvin Ammori, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law 
  • Hon. Robert M. McDowell, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • Hon. David M. McIntosh, Partner, Mayer Brown Row & Maw, LLP
  • Hon. Kyle E. McSlarrow, President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association 
  • Prof. Gigi B. Sohn, President and Founder, Public Knowledge
  • Moderator: Hon. Jennifer W. Elrod, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Annual Rosenkranz Debate and Luncheon: Statutory Interpretation
RESOLVED: The United States Constitution Requires Federal Courts to Interpret Statutes as Honest Agents of the Enacting Congress

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Moderator: Prof. John F. Manning, Bruce Bromley Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Showcase Panel IV: Control of the Bureaucracy
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.  
State Room

  • Prof. Geoffrey P. Miller, Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law, Director, Center for the Study of Central Banks and Financial Institutions, New York University School of Law
  • Hon. Harvey L. Pitt, Chief Executive Officer, Management, Kalorama Partners, LLC
  • Hon. Steven Wallman, Chief Executive Officer, Foliofn
  • Moderator: Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Address  
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
State Room

  • Mr. Mark R. Levin, President, Landmark Legal Foundation and Author of Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

Closing Reception 
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Colonial Room

 

On-line registration for the 2009 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. You will be able to register for all events at the registration table.

Registration Hours:
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.