Annual Federalist Society Reception at the Florida Bar's Annual Meeting

Florida Lawyers Chapters Thursday, June 22, 2017 06:30 PMBoca Raton Resort & Club
Grand Ballroom C of the Mizner Center
501 E Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432

The Florida Lawyers' Chapters of the Federalist Society reception honoring outgoing Chief DCA Judges, including our new Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson, and introducing new General Counsel to Governor Scott, Daniel Nordby and recent Governor Scott judicial appointments.

While you’re waiting for the Reception, we call your attention to an interesting panel at 2:15-5:15 in Grand Ballroom G of the Mizner Center:  The Constitution Revision Commission and Florida's Judiciary, featuring former Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Wells, former Speaker of the House Dean Cannon, Florida Bar incoming president Michael Higer, and prominent law professors Brian Fitzpatrick, Chris Bonneau, and Stephen Ware.  


SEC Increased Use of Administrative Proceedings and “The $2,200 Man”

Regulatory Transparency Project Teleforum Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:30 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

In many federal investigations, a regulatory agency must bring legal action against a company or individual through the traditional court system.  However, some regulatory agencies, like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), have a powerful alternative – administrative proceedings.  Rather than filing a lawsuit in federal court, the SEC can institute an administrative proceeding, which is presided over by an Administrative Law Judge.  In doing so, the SEC can put nearly any company or individual at a distinct litigation disadvantage, depriving them of significant rights and thereby increasing its own chances of success.

Take for instance, the case of Eric Wanger.  In 2010, Mr. Wanger ran a multi-family office, employed 11 people, published articles on finance, and campaigned for shareholder rights.  The SEC claimed that Mr. Wanger overcharged his clients by exactly $2,269, about $70 per month—possibly the smallest case the SEC has ever undertaken.  No charges were ever filed against Mr. Wanger, and no hearings or trial were held.  He never pleaded guilty or admitted to breaking any laws.  The SEC instead, instituted administrative proceedings which forced Mr. Wanger to shut down his business and layoff his employees, and has since barred him from practicing his profession.

We invite you to join us for a teleforum discussion of this issue where we will take questions from our listeners.

Sign up for Regulatory Transparency Project updates and learn more about the SEC’s use of administrative proceedings at

You can also read more about Mr. Wanger’s story on his blog at



  • Michael Kelly,  Partner, Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP 
  • Eric Wanger, JD, CFA

The Future of Dodd-Frank Act Regulation of Financial Services

New York City Lawyers Chapter Wednesday, June 21, 2017 06:00 PM3 West Club
3 West 51st Street
New York, NY


  • Paul S. Atkins - Chief Executive Officer, Patomak Global Partners, LLC and member of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum
  • Peter J. Wallison - Senior Fellow and Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Brian S. Marshall - Policy Counsel, Americans for Financial Reform
Moderated by: Hon. Richard J. Sullivan - United States District Court for the Southern District of New York 

Chevron's Foundation: Congressional Delegation of Interpretive Primacy

Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Teleforum Wednesday, June 21, 2017 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

This Teleforum explores the foundation for Chevron deference to agency statutory interpretation, and the implications of that foundation. In particular, it considers whether the Supreme Court’s justification of Chevron as deriving from an implicit delegation of interpretive primacy to an agency within the context of taking action with the force of law is justifiable. It also considers whether a better justification is the implicit constraint inherent in Article III of the Constitution that courts should avoid engaging in policy decisionmaking to the extent possible when performing their judicial functions. It goes on to consider the implications of these two different justifications for Chevron, potentially addressing the applicability of Chevron to actions that do not carry the force of law (i.e. Chevron’s step zero), Chevron’s major question exception, the appropriate judicial inquiry at step two of Chevron, and perhaps even the extent to which Congress can override the Chevron doctrine as a canon of statutory interpretation.


  • Mark Seidenfeld, Patricia A. Dore Professor of Administrative Law, Florida State University College of Law

2017 CLE Roundup

Kansas Lawyers Chapter Wednesday, June 21, 2017 08:00 AMBradbury Thompson Alumni Center
1700 Southwest Jewell Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621


  • Justice Caleb Stegall, Kansas Supreme Court 
  • Hon. David Bruns, Kansas Court of Appeals 
  • Hon. Anthony Powell, Kansas Court of Appeals
  • Stephen McAllister, Kansas Solicitor General 
  • Toby Crouse, Foulston Siefkin
  • Suzanne Valdez, University of Kansas Law School 


Courthouse Steps: Two Cases - Matal v Tam and Packingham v North Carolina

Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group Teleforum Tuesday, June 20, 2017 03:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

The Court has ruled today in two important cases, Matal v. Tam (aka "The Slants" copyright case) and Packingham v. North Carolina, which concerns a North Carolina law that restricts the access of convicted sex offenders to “commercial social networking” websites.  Join us for this special Teleforum at which the holdings and reasoning of both cases will be discussed.  


  • Mr. Michael R. Huston, Associate Attorney, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Mr. Ilya Shapiro,  Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute