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2006 National Lawyers Convention - "Limited Government"

It is well understood in civics that we have a government of limited powers. But, if we have a limited government, are there changes necessary at the domestic and foreign policy, structural, or constitutional levels to restore and sustain such a limited government? On one side of our society, conservatives and libertarians have expressed great concern over the growth of government, even during a period when the political party which has been more favorable to limited government has controlled all three branches. However, liberals and progressives have expressed concern that government is being ineffective, and they have also expressed a desire for less government on cultural issues (or, at least, posited that government is on the wrong side on cultural issues). They have also expressed concern about U.S. international policy. Just after a midterm election is an opportune time to take a serious look at the concept of limited government, what it does and does not entail, and ideas for revitalizing it.

Thursday, November 16

Welcome and Opening Address - Audio
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Paul D. Clement, United States Solicitor General

Showcase Panel I: Limited Government and Spreading Democracy: Uneasy Cousins? - Audio
9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Mr. François-Henri Briard, Delaporte, Briard & Trichet and President, The Federalist Society, Paris Chapter
  • Mr. William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard
  • Mr. Tom G. Palmer, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute Mr. Kenneth Wollack, President, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
  • Moderator: Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

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

  • Hon. Karl Zinsmeister, Domestic Policy Advisor to the President and Director, Domestic Policy Council

Telecommunications: Net Neutrality: Battle of the Titans - Audio
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
East Room

  • Hon. William P. Barr, Executive President and General Counsel, Verizon Communications
  • Mr. Paul Misener, Vice President, Global Policy, Amazon.com
  • Prof. Christopher S. Yoo, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. David M. McIntosh, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw and National Co-Chair, The Federalist Society

Criminal Law: Bringing Terrorists to Justice-Can Criminal Prosecution Work? - Audio
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
State Room

  • Ms. Jennifer Daskal, Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Hon. Kenneth M. Karas, United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Prof. Stephen A. Saltzburg, George Washington University Law School
  • Hon. Kenneth Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General, National Security, United States Department of Justice
  • Moderator: Hon. Lois Haight, Superior Court Judge, County of Contra Costa, California

Environmental Law: Climate Change Goes to Court - AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
East Room

  • Mr. Lee A. Casey, Baker & Hostetler
  • Mr. Jeffrey B. Clark, Kirkland & Ellis and Former Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Mr. Kevin P. Holewinski, Jones Day
  • Prof. Richard J. Lazarus, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Hon. Edith H. Jones, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Religious Liberties: Political Action in Religious Settings - AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Reverend Joe Eldridge, Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University
  • Prof. Paul J. Griffiths, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Mr. Kevin J. Hasson, Founder and Chairman, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
  • Mr. Elliott Mincberg, Vice President and Legal Director, People for the American Way
  • Moderator: Hon. Priscilla R. Owen, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Address - Transcript
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. John McCain, United States Senate, Arizona

Showcase Panel II: Taxes and Regulation: Mechanical Processes or Means of Setting Policy? - AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Peter B. Edelman, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. Charles Fried, Harvard Law School
  • Hon. Jeffrey L. Flake, United States Representative, Arizona
  • Prof. Nancy Staudt, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Barrington D. Parker, Jr., United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Annual Dinner - Video
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road, N.W.
Ballroom

  • Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., United States Supreme Court

 



Friday, November 17

Address - Audio/Video
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Arlen Specter, United States Senate, Pennsylvania

Federalism: Executive Power in Wartime - Audio
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
  • Dr. Roger Pilon, Vice President, Legal Affairs, Cato Institute
  • Prof. Geoffrey R. Stone, University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. John C. Yoo, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Free Speech & Election Law: Judges Overruling the Electorate?: Single Subject Rule - AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
East Room

  • Hon. Charles T. Canady, Florida Second District Court of Appeal
  • Mr. Michael Gilbert, Graduate Student, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dean Saul Levmore, University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. Daniel H. Lowenstein, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Labor: Law Firm Hiring Practices and Diversity - AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Chinese Room

  • Mr. Roger Clegg, President and General Counsel, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • Mr. Stephen F. Hanlon, Holland & Knight
  • Mr. Michael E. Rosman, General Counsel, Center for Individual Rights
  • Prof. Richard H. Sander, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Ms. Shirley J. Wilcher, President, Wilcher Global, LLC
  • Moderator: Hon. E. Grady Jolly, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Address - Audio/Video
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Governor Haley R. Barbour, Mississippi

Address - Audio/Video
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Michael Chertoff, Secretary, United States Department of Homeland Security

Professional Responsibility: ABA Accreditation Standards for Law Schools - Audio
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
East Room

  • Prof. John S. Baker Jr., Louisiana State University Law Center
  • Dean Saul Levmore, University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. Thomas D. Morgan, George Washington University Law School
  • Mr. John A. Sebert, Visiting Scholar, American Bar Foundation
  • Moderator: Prof. Douglas W. Kmiec, Pepperdine University School of Law

Civil Rights: Civil Rights in the 21st Century - AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE
1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
East Room

  • Mr. Mark Agrast, Senior Fellow, The Center for American Progress
  • Mr. Clint Bolick, President & General Counsel, Alliance for School Choice
  • Mr. Michael A. Carvin, Jones Day
  • Moderator: Hon. Brett M. Kavanaugh, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Financial Services: Wal-Mart: The Next Community Bank? - AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE
1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Chinese Room

  • Hon. Thomas J. Bliley, Former U.S. Representative, Virginia
  • Mr. John L. Douglas, Alston & Bird
  • Hon. Kenneth A. Guenther, Former Chief Executive, Independent Community Bankers of America
  • Hon. Peter J. Wallison, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Moderator: Mr. James M. Rockett, Bingham McCutchen LLP

Litigation: The Role of State Attorneys General - Video
1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Steve Carter, Attorney General, Indiana
  • Hon. Phill Kline, Attorney General, Kansas
  • Mr. Bernard Nash, Dickstein Shapiro LLP
  • Moderator: Mr. David Reinhardt, The Oregonian

Intellectual Property: Does IP Harm or Help Developing Countries? - Audio
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Alex M. Azar II, Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Prof. Graeme B. Dinwoodie, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Prof. Jerome H. Reichman, Duke University School of Law
  • Mr. Robert Sherwood, International Issues Advisor, Intellectual Property Practice Group
  • Moderator: Hon. Bruce A. Lehman, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture - Audio/Video
5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States of America

 


Saturday, November 18

Showcase Panel III: Are Constitutional Changes Necessary to Limit Government? - Audio
9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Prof. William N. Eskridge, Jr., Yale Law School
  • Prof. Daniel H. Lowenstein, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Prof. Richard D. Parker, Harvard Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Administrative Law: Agency Preemption: Speak Softly, But Carry A Big Stick? - Audio
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Chinese Room

  • Hon. Ronald A. Cass, President, Cass & Associates, PC and Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law
  • Prof. Thomas W. Merrill, Columbia University School of Law
  • Prof. Catherine M. Sharkey, Columbia University School of Law
  • Hon. Daniel E. Troy, Sidley Austin and Former Chief Counsel, United States Food & Drug Administration
  • Moderator: Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Corporations: Regulatory Double-Dipping - Audio
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
State Room

  • Hon. Paul S. Atkins, Commissioner, Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Dr. Michael S. Greve, American Enterprise Institute
  • Hon. Deborah Platt Majoras, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
  • Hon. Eugene Scalia, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Former Solicitor, United States Department of Labor
  • Moderator: Hon. Jerry E. Smith, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

International: Are We Over-Lawyering International Affairs? - Audio
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
East Room

  • Prof. Phillip C. Bobbitt, University of Texas School of Law
  • Dean John D. Hutson, Franklin Pierce Law Center
  • Prof. John C. Yoo, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Dr. Philip D. Zelikow, Counselor of the Department, U.S. Department of State
  • Moderator: Hon. Edwin D. Williamson, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Annual Convention Luncheon: Judicial Independence - Audio
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Carlos T. Bea, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Danny J. Boggs, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Hon. Timothy B. Dyk, United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Hon. Patricia M. Wald, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (Retired
  • Moderator: Hon. Dennis G. Jacobs, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Showcase Panel IV: The Role of Government in Defining Our Culture - Audio
2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
State Room

  • Prof. Hadley P. Arkes, Amherst College
  • Hon. Walter E. Dellinger, O'Melveny & Myers and Former Acting United States Solicitor General
  • Prof. William N. Eskridge, Jr., Yale Law School
  • Dr. Charles Murray, American Enterprise Institute
  • Mr. Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Mrs. Phyllis M. Schlafly, Founder and President, Eagle Forum
  • Moderator: Hon. Edwin Meese III, The Heritage Foundation

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