The Federalist Society

2005 National Lawyers Convention - "Originalism"

July 9, 2005 marked the twentieth anniversary of the historic speech given by then-Attorney General Edwin Meese III before the American Bar Association, in which he urged that the Court be guided by a "jurisprudence of original intention." General Meese's remarks sparked vigorous public debate on the question of constitutional interpretation, a debate that continues today.

To commemorate General Meese's speech and further the debate, the theme of the Federalist Society's 2005 National Lawyers Convention was Originalism.

Thursday, November 10
9:00 a.m.- 9:05 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Welcome

  • Hon. Theodore B. Olson, Board of Visitors, The Federalist Society

9:05 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom


Showcase Panel I: Originalism and Unenumerated Constitutional Rights

  • Hon. Walter E. Dellinger, O'Melveny & Myers and Former Acting Solicitor General
  • Prof. Lino A. Graglia, A. Dalton Cross Professor, University of Texas School of Law
  • Prof. John C. Harrison, David Lurton Massee, Jr., Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor, University of Virginia
  • Hon. Michael W. McConnell, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Prof. Suzanna Sherry, Cal Turner Professor of Law and Leadership, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Hon. Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (Moderator)

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom


Address: The Judicial Confirmations Process

  • Hon. John Cornyn, United States Senate, Texas

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


Address

  • Hon. Mitt Romney, Governor, Massachusetts

12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Colonial Room


Religious Liberties: Hyde-Weldon Amendment/Conscience Clauses

  • Mr. Steven H. Aden, Chief Litigation Counsel, Christian Legal Society
  • Prof. Anita L. Allen-Castellitto, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Mr. Mark E. Chopko, General Counsel, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Prof. Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties Union and New York Law School
  • Hon. David J. Weldon, M.D., U.S. House of Representatives, Florida
  • Hon. Kenneth W. Starr, Dean, Pepperdine University School of Law (Moderator)

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
State Room


Criminal Law: Originalism and Criminal Procedure

  • Prof. Ronald J. Allen, John Henry Wigmore Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Prof. Craig Stewart Lerner, George Mason University School of Law
  • Prof. Carol S. Steiker, Harvard Law School
  • Hon. Christopher A. Wray, King & Spalding and Former Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Dept. of Justice
  • Judge Edith Brown Clement, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (Moderator)

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
East Room

Environmental Law: Originalism, Regulatory Takings, Public Use and Kelo v. New London

  • Prof. James W. Ely Jr., Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Prof. Nicole S. Garnett, Notre Dame Law School
  • Prof. Thomas W. Merrill, Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law
  • Dean William M. Treanor, Fordham University Law School
  • Hon. Edward J. Damich, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (Moderator)

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom


Address

  • Hon. Kevin J. Martin, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission 

Telecommunications: Expansion of Indecency Regulation

  • Mr. Adam G. Ciongoli, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Time Warner Europe, Time Warner Inc.
  • Mr. Robert W. Peters, Presdient, Morality in the Media
  • Dr. Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies, and Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, The Cato Institute
  • Hon. David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (Moderator)

3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom


Showcase Panel II: Originalism and Pragmatism

  • Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Dean Larry D. Kramer, Richard E. Lang Professor, Stanford Law School
  • Prof. John O. McGinnis, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Prof. Jeffrey Rosen, The George Washington University Law School
  • Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (Moderator)

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Ballroom

Annual Dinner

  • Mr. Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff & Senior Advisor to the President

Friday, November 11
9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Corporations, Securities & Antitrust: Business and the Law - State Sponsored Litigation

  • Hon. Michael A. Cox, Attorney General, Michigan
  • Hon. John M. Engler, President, National Association of Manufacturers and Former Governor, Michigan
  • Mr. Stephen Gardner, Director of Litigation, Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Mr. Melvyn I. Weiss, Senior and Founding Partner, Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman LLP
  • Hon. Priscilla R. Owen, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (Moderator)

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom


Address

  • Hon. Edwin Meese III, The Heritage Foundation

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Colonial Room


International Law: The Framers' Understanding of International Law

  • Prof. David M. Golove, New York University School of Law
  • Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. William H. Taft IV, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Former Legal Advisor to the Secretary of State
  • Prof. John C. Yoo, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Hon. Ronald A. Cass, President, Cass & Associates, PC and Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law (Moderator)

1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom


Intellectual Property: Copyright, Creativity and Commerce after MGM v. Grokster

  • Prof. Daniel J. Gervais, Vice Dean of Research and Oslers Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law, University of Ottawa
  • Prof. F. Scott Kieff, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • Prof. Stanley Liebowitz, The University of Texas at Dallas Law School
  • Hon. Theodore B. Olson, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Former U.S. Solicitor General
  • Mr. Cary Sherman, President, Recording Industry Association of America
  • Mr. Fred von Lohmann, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Mr. Ralph Oman, Counsel, Dechert and Former U.S. Register of Copyrights (Moderator)

1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
State Room


Labor: Contending With Diverse State Employment Laws In A Global Economy, or What's So Great About Federalism?

  • Mr. George H. Cohen, Bredfhoff & Kaiser, P.L.L.C.
  • Mr. Randel K. Johnson, Vice President for Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Amy Laura Wax, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Hon. John S. Irving, Kirkland & Ellis and Former General Counsel, National Labor Relations Board (Moderator)

1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
East Room


Litigation Roundtable: Consumer Protection Statutes/Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices

  • Mr. Thomas Y. Allman, Senior Counsel, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP
  • Mr. Frank J. Janecek, Jr., Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP
  • Mr. Seth R. Lesser, Locks Law Firm
  • Mr. Robert Mark Langer, Wiggin and Dana LLP
  • Mr. Ira Rheingold, General Counsel, National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Mr. Victor E. Schwartz, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
  • Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (Moderator)

3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
State Room


Address

  • Hon. Paul Clement, U.S. Solicitor General 

Federalism & Separation of Powers: Subordinating the Constitution to International Law

  • Dr. John S. Baker Jr., Dale E. Bennett Professor, Louisiana State University Law Center
  • Hon. Robert H. Bork, The Hudson Institute
  • Mr. Francisco Forrest Martin, President, Rights International
  • Prof. Jesse H. Choper, Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (Moderator)

3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Chinese Room


Financial Services: Identity Theft and Privacy

  • Hon. Robert Barr, Former U.S. Representative, Georgia
  • Mr. Eric Ellman, Director of Government Affairs, Consumer Data Industry Association
  • Hon. Paul J. McNulty, Acting Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice and Acting U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Mr. Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center
  • Mr. Jay N. Soloway, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Hon. Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (Moderator)

3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
East Room


Free Speech & Election Law: What is the "Free Press?"

  • Prof. David A. Anderson, Fred and Emily Marshall Wulff Centennial Chair in Law, The University of Texas School of Law
  • Prof. Lillian R. BeVier, John S. Shannon Distinguished Professor, Sullivan & Cromwell Research Professor, University of Virginia School of Law and Board of Visitors, The Federalist Society
  • Prof. Carol C. Darr, Director, Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, The George Washington University
  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Mr. John Leo, Columnist, U.S News and World Report (Moderator)

6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture 

  • Welcome: Mr. Leonard A. Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society
  • Lecturer: Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Saturday, November 12
9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Showcase Panel III: Originalism and Precedent

  • Prof. Akhil Reed Amar, Southmayd Professor, Yale Law School
  • Hon. Stephen J. Markman, Michigan State Supreme Court
  • Prof. Thomas W. Merrill, Charles Keller Beekman Professor, Columbia University School of Law
  • Prof. David A. Strauss, Harry N. Wyatt Professor, University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. Steven G. Calabresi, George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law and Chairman, The Federalist Society Board of Directors (Moderator)

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Chinese Room

Administrative Law: Originalism and the Administrative Procedure Act

  • Hon. Ronald A. Cass, President, Cass & Associates, PC and Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law
  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering
  • Prof. Ronald M. Levin, Henry Hitchcock Professor, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • Prof. Peter L. Strauss, Betts Professor, Columbia University School of Law
  • Hon. Merrick B. Garland, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit (Moderator)

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
East Room


Civil Rights: Racial Preferences in Law Schools

  • Prof. Richard O. Lempert, Eric Stein Distinguished University Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Michigan
  • Dr. John Lott, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Prof. Stanley Rothman, Director, Center for the Study of Social and Political Change, Smith College
  • Prof. Richard H. Sander, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Prof. Douglas W. Kmiec, Professor of Constitutional Law & Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, Pepperdine University School of Law (Moderator)

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
State Room


Professional Responsibility: Congressional Evaluation of Judicial Nominees

  • Hon. Charles J. Cooper, Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
  • Mr. Robert J. Grey, Jr., Immediate Past President, American Bar Association
  • Prof. Steven Lubet, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Prof. Ronald D. Rotunda, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Hon. Richard C. Wesley, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (Moderator)

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom


Annual Convention Luncheon: Are Originalists Really "Radicals in Robes"?

  • Hon. Charles J. Cooper, Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
  • Prof. Cass R. Sunstein, Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. Steven G. Calabresi, George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law and Chairman, The Federalist Society Board of Directors (Moderator)

2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
State Room


Showcase Panel IV: The Original Meaning of the Commerce, Spending and Necessary & Proper Clauses

  • Prof. Randy E. Barnett, Austin B. Fletcher Professor, Boston University School of Law
  • Prof. Michael S. Paulsen, Briggs & Morgan Professor, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Hon. Seth P. Waxman, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP and Former Solicitor General
  • Hon. Barrington D. Parker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (Moderator)


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