2010 National Lawyers Convention - "Controlling Government: The Framers, the Tea Parties and the Constitution"

We have come a long way since the framing of the Constitution when our Founding Fathers struggled with the question of how to install a government strong enough to govern and limited enough to leave the people with the maximum practical degree of freedom. That question is perennial and highlighted by recent events. Indeed, some of our citizens recalled the passions that led to independence and the Constitution by forming tea parties. That movement today is seeking ways to limit government in practice. At the same time, other forces view such proposals as not only impractical, but undesirable. Some believe that elites need to help the people to avoid many of the problems and pitfalls of society. Others take a more Burkean view about the leavening of direct democracy. Many interesting questions arise here, and we hope to explore them through four Showcase panels which address attempts to limit government and also include some discussion of the dangers and problems of the people exercising overly direct control of the government. 

More audio and video to be posted as it becomes available. 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Welcome and Opening Address  audio  video
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

  • Hon. Mitch McConnell, United States Senate

Showcase Panel I: Enumerated Powers, the Tenth Amendment, and Limited Government  audio  video
9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • Prof. Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Hon. R. Edward “Ted” Cruz, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Prof. Michael J. Gerhardt, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor in Constitutional Law, Director, Center for Law and Government, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Prof. Michael Stokes Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and Professor, University of Saint Thomas School of Law
  • Prof. Mark V. Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard University Law School
  • Moderator:  Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson, III, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Address  audio  video
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

  • Mr. Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst for the Washington Examiner

Criminal Law: Expansion of Federal Criminal Power: Too Much or Too Little?  audio  video
11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

  • Prof. John S. Baker, Jr., Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
  • Prof. Sara Sun Beale, Charles L.B. Lowndes Professor, Duke University School of Law
  • Mr. Bradford A. Berenson, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Mr. Noah D. Bookbinder, Chief Counsel for Criminal Justice, Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate
  • Moderator: Hon. Edwin Meese III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy, Chairman, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation, and former United States Attorney General

Litigation: Debating the Constitutionality of the Federal Health Care Legislation  audio  video
11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

  • Prof. Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center
    Hon. Richard Cordray, Ohio Attorney General
  • Prof. Charles Fried, Beneficial Professor of Law, Harvard University Law School and former Justice, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • Mr. David B. Rivkin, Jr., Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. David R. Stras, Minnesota Supreme Court

Corporations: The Creeping Federalization of Corporate Governance Law: The Dodd-Frank Bill  audio  video
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Hon. Paul S. Atkins, Managing Director, Patomak Partners and former Member, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Prof. Jeffrey Mahoney, American University Washington College of Law and General Counsel, Council of Institutional Investors
  • Mr. Brandon Rees, Deputy Director, ALF-CIO Office of Investment
  • Ms. Sarah B. Teslik, Senior Vice President of Policy and Governance, Apache Corporation
  • Moderator: Prof. Lawrence A. Hamermesh, Attorney Fellow, Division of Corporate Finance, Office of the Chief Counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate and Business Law at Widener's Institute of Delaware Corporate Law, Widener University School of Law

Intellectual Property: Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Reward: IP as Regulatory Policy or Property Right?  audio  video
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Prof. Brett M. Frischmann, Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Prof. Mark F. Schultz, Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • Prof. Gigi Sohn, President and Founder, Public Knowledge
  • Moderator: Hon. Paul R. Michel (ret.), United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit    

Professional Responsibility: The Bloody Crossroads: Republican Party of Minnesota v. White Runs Into Caperton v. Massey  audio  video
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Mr. James Bopp, Jr., Bopp, Coleson, and Bostrom and General Counsel, James Madison Center for Free Speech
  • Hon. Thomas R. Phillips, Partner, Baker Botts LLP, and former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas
  • Hon. Patience Drake Roggensack, Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Hon. Clifford W. Taylor, Ave Maria School of Law and former Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court
  • Moderator: Hon. Thomas M. Hardiman, United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Civil Rights: Immigration, the Arizona Statute, and E Pluribus Unum  audio  video
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

  • Mr. Roger Clegg, President and General Counsel, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • Hon. Kris W. Kobach, Daniel L. Brenner/UMKC Scholar and Professor of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and Secretary of State-elect, Kansas
  • Prof. Margaret D. Stock, Adjunct Instructor of the Department of Political Science, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), Military Police Corps, United State Army Reserve
  • Moderator: Hon. James C. Ho, Solicitor General of Texas

Federalism: Is There Any Remaining Limit to Federal Power?  audio  video
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

  • Prof. John C. Eastman, Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law, Director, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, and former Dean,  Chapman University School of Law
  • Hon. Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II, Attorney General of Virginia
  • Prof. Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law, The George Washington University and Legal Affairs Editor, The New Republic
  • Moderator: Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Lawyers Convention Annual Dinner - AUDIO AND VIDEO NOT AVAILABLE
7:00 p.m.
Omni Shoreham
2500 Calvert St., N.W.

  • Hon. Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court
  • Interviewed by: Ms. Jan Crawford, CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19

A Discussion: When Does Regulation of the Private Sector Go Too Far?  audio  video
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom

  • Mr. Lanny J. Davis, Lanny J. Davis & Associates, LLC 
  • Mr. Michael J. Madigan, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • Moderator: Mr. Pete Williams, Justice Correspondent, NBC News

Showcase Panel II: Government of the People, by the People, and for the People?  audio  video
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon

  • Prof. Robert D. Cooter, Herman F. Selvin Professor of Law, and Director, Program in Law and Economics, University of California Berkeley School of Law
  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Prof. William N. Eskridge, Jr., John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School
  • Prof. Thomas W. Merrill, Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law
  • Moderator:  Prof. Steven G. Calabresi, George C. Dix Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, Chairman, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy


Financial Services Panel: The Constitutionality of the Dodd-Frank Financial Services Reform Act  audio  video
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Gray & Schmitz LLP, and former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
  • Prof. Ronald M. Levin, Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • Hon. Peter J. Wallison, Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Prof. Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr., Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Carlos T. Bea, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Labor: Regulatory Power Unleashed?
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

  • Ms. Kim Bobo, Executive Director, Interfaith Worker Justice
  • Hon. Victoria A. Lipnic, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Dr. Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies, and Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute
  • Moderator: Hon. Edith H. Jones, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Religious Liberties: Christian Legal Society vs. Martínez  audio  video
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

  • Prof. Richard W. Garnett, IV, Associate Dean, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Mr. Jordan Lorence, Senior Counsel and Senior Vice President, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Alliance Defense Fund
  • Mr. Paul M. Smith, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP
  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Address  audio  video
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Hon. Michael S. Lee, United States Senator-Elect, Utah

Address  audio  video
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Hon. Michael R. Pence, United States House of Representatives, Indiana

Free Speech: Anonymity and The First Amendment  audio  video
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

  • Prof. Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Prof. Bradley A. Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law, Capital University Law School
  • Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Prof. Joel R. Reidenberg, Professor of Law and Director, Center on Law and Information Policy, Fordham University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Brett M. Kavanaugh, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

International: America as Hegemon and International Law  audio  video
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

  • Prof. Barry E. Carter, Director, Center for Transnational Business and the Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Prof. Margaret E. McGuinness, Saint John's University School of Law
  • Prof. Ruth Wedgwood, Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, Director of the International Law and Organizations Program, Johns Hopkins University, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
  • Prof. John C. Yoo, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Moderator:  Hon. Michael Chertoff, Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP, former Secretary, United States Department of Homeland Security

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture  audio  video
5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

  • Hon. Dennis G. Jacobs, United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20

Showcase Panel III: Equality, Liberty, and Risk  audio  video
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • Prof. Carl T. Bogus, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law; Visiting Professor, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University
  • Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Gray & Schmitz LLP, and former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
  • Prof. Christine Jolls, Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor of Law and Organization, Yale Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Barrington D. Parker, Jr., United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Administrative Law: Limits to Government and Regulatory Authority: Comcast v. FCC
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • Prof. Marvin Ammori, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law
  • Hon. Ronald A. Cass, President, Cass & Associates, PC
  • Prof. Thomas W. Hazlett, Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University School of Law and Director of the Information Economy Project, The National Center for Technology and Law
  • Mr. Austin Schlick, General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission
  • Moderator: Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Environmental Law: EPA: An Agency Gone Wild or Just Doing Its Job?  audio  video
10:45 a.m. –12:15 p.m.

  • Mr. Jeffrey B. Clark, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Mr. David D. Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Hon. Roger R. Martella, Jr., Partner, Sidley Austin LLP and Former General Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Prof. Rena I. Steinzor, Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law and President, Center for Progressive Reform
  • Moderator: Mr. Hill B. Wellford, Partner, Binham McCutchen LLP

Telecommunications: Rewriting the Telecomm Act: Has the Time Come?  audio  video

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • Introduction: Hon. Robert M. McDowell, Federal Communications Commission 
  • Address: Hon. Thomas J. Tauke, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Policy and Communications, Verizon Communications, and former U.S. Representative, Iowa
  • Mr. Shawn H. Chang, Majority Counsel, Communications and Technology Policy, United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Ms. Parul P. Desai, Policy Analyst, Consumers Union
  • Ms. Maureeen K. Ohlhausen, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLP
  • Mr. Howard W. Waltzman, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Annual Rosenkranz Debate and Luncheon  audio  video
A Debate on the Constitutionality of Proposition 8
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Prof. William N. Eskridge, Jr., John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Robert S. Smith, Associate Judge, Court of Appeals, State of New York

Showcase Panel IV: Ideas for Structural Change: Term Limits, Reviving the Right to Civil Jury Trial, Moving Administrative Law Judges to Article III, and Others  audio  video
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

  • Prof. Lillian R. BeVier, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Mr. Michael A. Carvin, Partner, Jones Day
  • Mr. Douglas T. Kendall, President, Constitutional Accountability Center
  • Mr. Patrick McSweeney, Legal Advisor, Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation
  • Mr. C. Gibson Vance, Shareholder, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, PC and President, American Association for Justice
  • Moderator: Hon. Diane S. Sykes, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Address: "Emerging Technologies: The Future of Law"  audio  video
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

  • Prof. Gary E. Marchant, Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and Executive Director, ASU Center for the Study of Law, Science and Technology