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2017 National Lawyers Convention

November 16, 2017

The 2017 National Lawyers Convention is scheduled for Thursday, November 16 through Saturday, November 18 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. More information will be posted later this summer.

Federal Reserve Accountability and the CHOICE Act - Podcast

Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
Alex J. Pollock, Norbert J. Michel June 15, 2017

To whom is the Federal Reserve accountable?  Does the Fed's insistence on its "independence" mean it thinks the answer is: To no one?  Who should oversee the results, successful or unsuccessful, of the Fed's actions?  One answer was given by a former president of the New York Fed years ago: "The Congress which set us up has the authority and should review our actions at any time they want to, and in any way they want to."  The CHOICE Act, recently passed by the House Financial Services Committee would in its Title X., "Fed Oversight Reform," create greater Fed accountability to the Congress.This Federalist Society Teleforum explored the bill's provisions and the issues involved.

Featuring: 

  • Alex Pollock, Senior Fellow, R Street Institute
  • Norbert Michel, Senior Research Fellow, Financial Regulations and Monetary Policy, The Heritage Foundation

Federal Reserve Accountability and the CHOICE Act

Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group
Norbert J. Michel, Alex J. Pollock June 14, 2017

To whom is the Federal Reserve accountable?  Does the Fed's insistence on its "independence" mean it thinks the answer is: To no one?  Who should oversee the results, successful or unsuccessful, of the Fed's actions?  One answer was given by a former president of the New York Fed years ago: "The Congress which set us up has the authority and should review our actions at any time they want to, and in any way they want to."  The CHOICE Act, recently passed by the House Financial Services Committee would in its Title X., "Fed Oversight Reform," create greater Fed accountability to the Congress.  A Federalist Society teleforum will explore the bill's provisions and the issues involved.

Featuring: 

  • Alex Pollock, Senior Fellow, R Street Institute
  • Norbert Michel, Senior Research Fellow, Financial Regulations and Monetary Policy, The Heritage Foundation

The State of Antitrust Enforcement

Albert A. Foer, Geoffrey A. Manne, Joshua D. Wright, Ronald A. Cass June 09, 2017

Antitrust policy during much of the Obama Administration was a continuation of the Bush Administration’s minimal involvement in the market. However, at the end of President Obama’s term, there was a significant pivot to investigations and blocks of high profile mergers such as Halliburton-Baker Hughes, Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Staples-Office Depot, Sysco-US Foods, and Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna. How will or should the new Administration analyze proposed mergers, including certain high profile deals like Walgreens-Rite Aid, AT&T-Time Warner, Inc., and DraftKings-FanDuel?

Join us for a lively luncheon panel discussion that will cover these topics and the anticipated future of antitrust enforcement.

Speakers: 

  • Albert A. Foer, Founder and Senior Fellow, American Antitrust Institute
  • Professor Geoffrey A. Manne, Executive Director, International Center for Law & Economics

  • Honorable Joshua D. Wright, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

  • Moderator: Honorable Ronald A. Cass, Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law and President, Cass & Associates, PC

What is Bitcoin Mining?

Short video featuring Peter van Valkenburgh
Peter van Valkenburgh May 19, 2017

Where do Bitcoins come from, and what is Bitcoin "mining"? Peter van Valkenburgh, Director of Research at Coin Center, explains the role of miners in a system of decentralized currency.

Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference

The Relationship between Congress and the Executive Branch
May 17, 2017

The Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference will examine the changing and often convoluted relationship between the legislative and the executive branches in the United States government. This daylong conference will feature plenary panels, addresses, and breakout panels on topics such as “The Unitary Executive,” “Chevron Deference,” and “Congressional Oversight of Voting Rights.”

The Conference will begin with an opening address by Senator Mike Lee and end with a closing address by OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and a reception.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update - April 2017 - Podcast

Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
Wayne A. Abernathy, Julius L. Loeser April 19, 2017

Members of the Federalist Society’s Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Executive Committee provided an update on recent important activity at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The call will cover many interesting topics including an update of PHH’s D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals case against the CFPB, a recent Executive Order which appears to apply to the CFPB, congressional activity regarding the CFPB, the CFPB’s recent fines and other actions, and the CFPB’s (and Federal Reserve Board’s) Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit report entitled “The CFPB Can Strengthen Contract Award Controls and Administrative Processes.” 

Featuring:

  • Hon. Wayne A. Abernathy, Executive VP for Financial Institutions Policy and Regulatory Affairs, American Bankers Association
  • Julius L. Loeser, Of Counsel, Winston & Strawn LLP

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update - April 2017

Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Teleforum
Wayne A. Abernathy, Julius L. Loeser April 18, 2017

Members of the Federalist Society’s Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Executive Committee will provide an update on recent important activity at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The call will cover many interesting topics including an update of PHH’s D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals case against the CFPB, a recent Executive Order which appears to apply to the CFPB, congressional activity regarding the CFPB, the CFPB’s recent fines and other actions, and the CFPB’s (and Federal Reserve Board’s) Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit report entitled “The CFPB Can Strengthen Contract Award Controls and Administrative Processes.” 

Featuring:

  • Hon. Wayne A. Abernathy, Executive VP for Financial Institutions Policy and Regulatory Affairs, American Bankers Association
  • Julius L. Loeser, Of Counsel, Winston & Strawn LLP

Bitcoin: Competitive Currency

Short video featuring Max Raskin
Max Raskin March 30, 2017

Can Bitcoin compete with other currencies around the world? Max Raskin, Research Fellow at the Institute for Judicial Administration at the New York University School of Law, discusses legal tender laws and the monopoly powers they give to central banks - and possible benefits that a virtual currency could provide to developing countries. 

Accelerating Financial Inclusion and Inclusive Growth - Podcast

Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
Shamina Singh March 17, 2017

Today, approximately two billion people lack access to financial services. Because of their exclusive reliance on cash, these individuals operate in a “shadow economy,” are subject to greater criminal activity, higher transaction costs, and do not enjoy the same opportunities, benefits, and protections of traditional bank accounts and financial services. Last year, the World Bank and several organizations from the public and private sector announced a commitment to extend basic financial services to everyone by 2020.

Shamina Singh, the President of Mastercard’s Center for Inclusive Growth, discussed the importance of financial inclusion to the U.S. and global economy and how governments, private sector leaders and philanthropic organizations have been focused on research and solutions to address these issues and foster greater inclusion.

Featuring:

  • Shamina Singh, President of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service