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The Role of Economic Liberty in the United States

Administrative Law & Regulation and Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Groups
R. Ted Cruz, Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Michelle P. Connolly, Clark Neily, Lawrence J. Spiwak March 28, 2017

The Federalist Society will host a lunch and discussion on the role of Economic Liberty in the United States on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  Today, many job-seeking Americans and companies face significant government barriers that restrict their full participation in the economy.  These barriers, often in the form of restrictive regulatory regimes, prevent consumers from using their skills, entering new professions, and starting new businesses.  They also prevent low and middle class Americans from moving up the ladder.  Competition and free-markets have the power to spur innovation, create new business models, and drive economic opportunity and growth.  Policymakers, like Acting Chair of the Federal Trade Commission Maureen Ohlhausen, have begun to take actions to address these barriers.  For example, Ms. Ohlhausen recently announced the creation of an Economic Liberty Task Force to advance economic liberty issues, with a particular focus on occupational licensing regulations.  These topics and others will be addressed.

Confirmed Speakers Include: 

  • Hon. R. Ted Cruz, United States Senator, Texas
  • Hon. Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
  • Prof. Michelle P. Connolly, Professor of the Practice of Economics, Duke University
  • Clark Neily, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
  • Lawrence J. Spiwak, President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies

FTC, Past and Future - Podcast

Telecommunications & Electronic Media and Intellectual Property Practice Group Podcast
Alden Abbott, Maureen K. Ohlhausen February 16, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission has dual missions to protect consumers and competition. The agency has a 100+ years of history as an antitrust enforcer and general consumer protection agency. And over the last 20 years it has emerged as the lead U.S. agency addressing consumer privacy and data security. During the past administration, the agency faced challenges within and without. How well has it executed its dual missions? What external factors (such as actions by the CFPB and FCC) have affected its ability to further its missions? And how might the agency improve in the coming administration? To answer these questions we'll talk to Heritage Senior Fellow Alden Abbot and FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen.

Featuring:

  • Alden Abbott, Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and the John, Barbara, and Victoria Rumpel Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Hon. Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

 

FTC, Past and Future

Telecommunications & Electronic Media and Intellectual Property Practice Group Teleforum
Alden Abbott, Maureen K. Ohlhausen February 15, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission has dual missions to protect consumers and competition. The agency has a 100+ years of history as an antitrust enforcer and general consumer protection agency. And over the last 20 years it has emerged as the lead U.S. agency addressing consumer privacy and data security. During the past administration, the agency faced challenges within and without. How well has it executed its dual missions? What external factors (such as actions by the CFPB and FCC) have affected its ability to further its missions? And how might the agency improve in the coming administration? To answer these questions we'll talk to Heritage Senior Fellow Alden Abbot and FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen.

Featuring:

  • Alden Abbott, Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and the John, Barbara, and Victoria Rumpel Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Hon. Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

What is "Zero Rating"?

Short video featuring Roslyn Layton
Roslyn Layton December 19, 2016

What are the advantages of offering a sample-size portion of the Internet? Roslyn Layton, Visiting Fellow at AEI, explains the concept of "Zero Rating" and how companies are using a “free sample” model of internet access to increase internet usage around the world. 

Free Speech and the Internet

Short video featuring Brett Shumate
Brett A. Shumate December 12, 2016

Do Internet Service Providers have a right to edit our Internet access? Brett Shumate, Partner at Wiley Rein LLP discusses the role of broadband providers in allowing free speech online. Do broadband providers stifle speech by curating content or do they have a first amendment right to engage in editorial discretion?

Federalist Society Review, Volume 17, Issue 3

Katie McClendon December 08, 2016

We are pleased to bring you the latest issue of the Federalist Society Review. The Federalist Society Review is the legal journal produced by the Federalist Society’s Practice Groups. The Review was formerly known as Engage, and although the name has changed, it still features top-notch scholarship on important legal and public policy issues from some of the best legal minds in the country.

The Review is published three times a year, thanks to the hard work of our fifteen Practice Group Executive Committees and authors who volunteer their time and expertise. The Review seeks to contribute to the marketplace of ideas in a way that is collegial, accessible, intelligent, and original. Articles and full issues are available on our website and through the Westlaw database. 

We hope that readers enjoy the articles and come away with new information and fresh insights. Please send us any suggestions and responses at info@fedsoc.org.

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Should the Internet be Regulated Like a Utility?

Short video featuring Ajit Pai
Ajit V. Pai December 05, 2016

What is the role of the FCC in regulating the Internet? FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai gives an overview of Title II and how 19th-century regulations might not be the best solution to 21st-century problems.

Should the Government Set Internet Prices?

Short video featuring Gus Hurwitz
Justin (Gus) Hurwitz November 28, 2016

Can price discrimination be good Internet policy? Professor Gus Hurwitz of the Nebraska College of Law explains the arguments for and against regulating the average cost of internet access, and how the economics of price discrimination can be used to increase Internet access.

Justice Scalia's Telecommunications Legacy - Event Audio/Video

2016 National Lawyers Convention
Richard A. Epstein, Henry Goldberg, Richard E. Wiley, Don R. Willett November 23, 2016

Justice Scalia first entered public service in 1971, when he was appointed by President Richard Nixon to serve as the General Counsel for the Office of Telecommunications Policy (“OTP") in the White House. From that day in 1971 through his dissent in the Brand X case regarding broadband classification, Justice Scalia brought a deep understanding of technology policy to his career on the Supreme Court. And of course, Justice Scalia was never one to mince words. “It would be gross understatement to say that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is not a model of clarity. It is in many important respects a model of ambiguity or indeed even self-contradiction," he observed in AT&T Corp. v. Iowa Util. Bd. The Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group has brought together a panel of experts to discuss Justice Scalia's legacy on telecommunications and media issues and discuss current litigation through the lens of his jurisprudence.

This panel was held on November 18, 2016, during the 2016 National Lawyers Convention in Washington, DC.

Telecommunications & Electronic Media: Justice Scalia's Telecommunications Legacy
12:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Chinese Room

  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, Director, Classical Liberal Institute, New York University School of Law
  • Mr. Henry Goldberg, Goldberg, Godles, Wiener and Wright LLP
  • Mr. Richard E. Wiley, Chairman Emeritus, Wiley Rein LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. Don Willett, Texas Supreme Court

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC