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2015 National Lawyers Convention Schedule

The Role of Congress

The Federalist Society's 2015 National Lawyers Convention was held on Thursday, November 12 through Saturday, November 14 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The theme of the convention was: The Role of Congress.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

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

  • Hon. Michael S. Lee, United States Senate, Utah
  • Introduction: Mr. Leonard A. Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society

Showcase Panel I: The Original View of Congress - Audio/Video
9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Akhil R. Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University
  • Dr. Louis Fisher, Scholar in Residence, the Constitution Project
  • Prof. Tara J. Helfman, Associate Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law 
  • Dr. Gordon Lloyd, Robert and Katheryn Dockson Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
  • Moderator: Hon. James L. Buckley, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit (ret.) and former U.S. Senator

Address - Audio/Video
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Grand Ballroom

  • Mr. Neil Eggleston, Assistant to the President and White House Counsel
  • Introduction: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups at The Federalist Society

Litigation: Ten Years of the Roberts Court - Audio/Video
12:00 noon – 1:45 p.m.
East & State Rooms

  • Mr. Michael A. Carvin, Partner, Jones Day
  • Ms. Jan Crawford, Political Correspondent and Chief Legal Correspondent, CBS News
  • Mr. Steven J. Duffield, Former Chief Counsel, Senator Jon Kyl
  • Prof. Michael S. Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Administrative Law: Agency Rule: How Congress Can Reclaim its Legislative Authority - Audio/Video
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
State Room

  • Hon. Tom Coburn, Former United States Senator, Oklahoma
  • Mr. Christopher C. DeMuth, Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute
  • Prof. Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Prof. Michael Uhlmann, Claremont Graduate University
  • Moderator: Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, U.S Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Corporations: Constitutionality of Administrative Law Judges at the Securities and Exchange Commission and Elsewhere - Audio/Video
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
East Room

  • Prof. John S. Baker, Jr., Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center and Professor Emeritus, LSU Law School
  • Mr. Stephen J. Crimmins, Shareholder, Murphy & McGonigle PC
  • Prof. Todd E. Pettys, H. Blair and Joan V. White Chair in Civil Litigation, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Prof. Tuan Samahon, Villanova University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. F. Scott Kieff, Commissioner, International Trade Commission

Labor & Employment: 80th Anniversary of the National Labor Relations Act & Congressional Action - Audio/Video
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law. Director, Classical Liberal Institute, New York University School of Law
  • Hon. John N. Raudabaugh, Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law, Ave Maria School of Law
  • Mr. Bill Samuel, Director of Government Affairs, AFL-CIO
  • Mr. Mark Schneider, General Counsel, Int'l Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • Moderator: Hon. Joan L. Larsen, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Michigan

Federalism: Deference Meets Delegation: Which is the Most Dangerous Branch? - Audio/Video
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. John C. Eastman, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service, Chapman University School of Law
  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Boyden Gray & Associates and former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
  • Mr. Neal K. Katyal, Hogan Lovells and former Acting U.S. Solicitor General
  • Mr. David B. Rivkin, Jr., Partner, BakerHostetler
  • Moderator: Hon. Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Religious Liberties: Examination of the Obama Administration’s Protection of Religious Liberty - Audio/Video
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
State Room

  • Dr. Stanley Carlson-Thies, Founder & Senior Director, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance
  • Mr. William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Mr. William L. Saunders, Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs, Americans United for Life
  • Mr. Adam J. White, Counsel, Boyden Gray & Associates
  • Moderator: Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Telecommunications: Broadband Re-regulation: The Battle Returns to the Courts - Audio/Video
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
East Room

  • Mr. Earl W. Comstock, Partner, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
  • Mr. Miguel A. Estrada, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Ms. Roslyn Layton, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Mr. Robert Quinn, Senior Vice-President – Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer, AT&T
  • Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit 

The Role of Congress and the State: A Governor's Perspective - Audio/Video
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Omni Shoreham Hotel - Regency Ballroom

  • Hon. Sam Brownback, Governor, State of Kansas
  • Hon. Nathan Deal, Governor, State of Georgia
  • Hon. Pete Ricketts, Governor, State of Nebraska
  • Hon. Scott Walker, Governor, State of Wisconsin
  • Moderator: Mr. William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard
  • Introduction: Hon. David M. McIntosh, President, Club for Growth and Vice Chairman, The Federalist Society

 


 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Special Session: Overreach in the States - Audio/Video
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Adam Laxalt, Attorney General, State of Nevada
  • Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Moderator: Mr. Adam J. White, Counsel, Boyden Gray & Associates

Showcase Panel II: The Living Congress: Adaptation or Decline? - Audio/Video
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Grand Ballroom

  • Mr. Christopher C. DeMuth, Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute
  • Prof. Neal E. Devins, Sandra Day O'Connor Professor of Law, Cabell Research Professor, Professor of Government, and Director, Institute of Bill of Rights Law, William & Mary Law School
  • Prof. David Mayhew, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University
  • Prof. Gillian E. Metzger, U.S. Constitutional Law Scholar and Professor of Law, Columbia Law School 
  • Prof. Neomi Rao, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Jerry Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Civil Rights: Ferguson, Baltimore, and Criminal Justice Reform - Audio/Video
12:00 noon – 2:15 p.m.
East Room

  • Mr. Arthur Loevy, Partner, Loevy & Loevy
  • Mr. Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, The Cato Institute
  • Dr. David B. Muhlhausen, Research Fellow in Empirical Policy Analysis,  Center for Data Analysis, The Heritage Foundation
  • Mr. Michael P. Tremoglie, Former Philadelphia Police Officer
  • Mr. Robert L. Woodson, Sr., Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise
  • Moderator: Hon. David Stras, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Minnesota

Criminal Law: Free Speech, Anti-Corruption, and the Criminalization of Government Affairs - Audio/Video
12:00 noon – 2:15 p.m.
State Room

  • Mr. Todd P. Graves, Partner, Graves Garrett LLC
  • Mr. Edward T. Kang, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Mr. Peter R. Zeidenberg, Partner, Arent Fox LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. Raymond W. Gruender, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Financial Services: Explaining the Next Crisis - Audio/Video
12:00 noon – 2:15 p.m.
Chinese Room

  • Hon. Phil Gramm, Senior Advisor, US Policy Metrics and Former United States Senator
  • Mr. Frank Medina, Senior Counsel & Director of Research, Better Markets
  • Ms. Karen Shaw Petrou, Managing Partner, Federal Financial Analytics, Inc.
  • Prof. J.W. Verret, Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Roundtable on Adjunct & Clinical Teaching - Video not available
12:00 noon – 2:15 p.m.
District Ballroom

  • Prof. Salen Churi, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Bluhm-Helfand Director of the Innovation Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
  • Ms. Jeanne M. Hauch, Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University School of Law
  • Prof. Craig S. Lerner, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Prof. James A. Sonne, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Religious Liberty Clinic, Stanford Law School
  • Moderator: Ms. Joanmarie Ilaria Davoli, Digital Education Specialist, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

Address - Audio/Video
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Orrin Hatch, U.S. Senate, Utah
  • Introduction: Mr. Leonard A. Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society

Free Speech: A Right to Speak Anonymously?  Political Contributors and Reporters’ Confidential Sources - Audio/Video
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
State Room

  • Mr. Andrew M. Grossman, Associate, BakerHostetler
  • Mr. Stephen Klein, Pillar of Law Institute
  • Mr. Paul S. Ryan, Senior Counsel, Campaign Legal Center
  • Hon. Hans von Spakovsky, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Moderator: Hon. Robert P. Young, Jr., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Michigan 

International: When Should America Act to Maintain International Order? - Audio/Video
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Colin Dueck, Associate Professor, George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
  • Mr. Benjamin H. Friedman, Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies, Cato Institute
  • Mr. François-Henri Briard, Supreme Court Attorney (France), Delaporte, Briard & Trichet
  • Hon. Mike J. Rogers, Former U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan
  • Moderator: Mr. Brian H. Hook, former Assistant Secretary of State

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture - Audio/Video
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Tom Cotton, United States Senate, Arkansas
  • Introduction: Mr. Eugene B. Meyer, President, The Federalist Society

 



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Showcase Panel III: ROUNDTABLE: Can Changes in Incentives Significantly Address Congressional Dysfunction? - Audio/Video
9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Howard L. Berman, Former U.S. Representative, California’s 28th Congressional District, Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Prof. James W. Ceaser, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia
  • Prof. Michael S. Greve, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Prof. Frances E. Lee, Professor, University of Maryland
  • Prof. Richard H. Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law
  • Mr. Matthew L. Wiener, Executive Director, Administrative Conference of the United States
  • Moderator: Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Introduction: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

Environmental Law: The Role of Congress in Environmental Law - Audio/Video
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
East Room

  • Prof. Eric R. Claeys, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Mr. Matt Leggett, Policy Counsel on Energy, Environment, and Agriculture, U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee
  • Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson, University Professor on the Environment, and Kerlin Professor Emeritus, Pace University School of Law
  • Prof. David Schoenbrod, Trustee Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Steven M. Colloton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Intellectual Property: The Role of Congress and Executive Agencies in 21st Century IP Regimes - Audio/Video
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
State Room

  • Prof. Sandra Aistars, Clinical Professor, George Mason School of Law and Sr. Scholar and Director, Copyright Policy & Research, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Prof. John F. Duffy, Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Prof. David S. Olson, Associate Professor, Boston College Law School
  • Prof. Arti K. Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law and co-Director, Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy
  • Moderator: Hon. Thomas B. Griffith, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Professional Responsibility: Prosecutors Run Amok? - Audio/Video
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Chinese Room

  • Hon. Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Mr. John G. Malcolm, Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, and Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Hon. George J. Terwilliger III, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Ms. Darpana M. Sheth, Constitutional Litigator, Institute for Justice
  • Moderator: Hon. Keith R. Blackwell, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia

Interview with Kirsten Powers - Audio/Video
12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Ms. Kirsten Powers, USA Today Columnist, Daily Beast Columnist, and FOX News Contributor
  • Interviewed by: Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Georgetown University Law Center and Federalist Society Board of Directors

Special Session: Life on the Bench - Audio/Video
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
State Room

  • Hon. Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Hon. Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Jerry Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Hon. David Stras, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Eighth Annual Rosenkranz Debate - Audio/Video
RESOLVED: The Constitution is designed for a moral and religious people and it's wholly unsuited for the government of any other

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
State Room

  • Prof. Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
  • Prof. John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

 

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