The Federalist Society

2008 National Lawyers Convention - "The People and the Judiciary"

American courts, on both the state and federal level, are playing an increasingly visible role in deciding issues of enormous importance.  Using the theme of this year’s Convention, The People and the Judiciary, the Federalist Society will examine the role of the “least dangerous branch.”  How, and by whom, should the judges who populate these various courts be selected?  And for what period of time, and under what conditions, should judges be retained?  Should their decisions be subject to review, revision and even reversal by the populace, or perhaps by the peoples’ elected representatives?  And how can standards of judicial conduct be determined, monitored, and enforced, without impinging on judicial independence?  Our four plenary panel sessions and various addresses will answer these and other questions.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Welcome and Opening Address  audio  video

  • Hon. Mitch McConnell, United States Senator, Kentucky

9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Showcase Panel I: Judicial Selection: Federal and State  audio  video

  • Prof. Meryl J. Chertoff, Sandra Day O’Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. William K. Kelley, Notre Dame Law School
  • Prof. William P. Marshall, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Hon. Harold F. See, Jr., Supreme Court of Alabama
  • Moderator:  Hon. Diane S. Sykes, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

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

Address  audio  video

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

12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
East Room

Criminal Law: The Prosecution of Public Corruption  audio  video

  • Dr. John S. Baker, Jr., Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • Hon. Alice Fisher, Latham & Watkins, and Former Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice
  • Mr. Daniel E. Reidy, Jones Day
  • Mr. Robert Trout, Trout Cacheris, PLLC
  • Moderator: Hon. Merrick Garland, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Chinese Room
 

Intellectual Property: Specialized Courts: Lessons from the Federal Circuit  audio  video

  • Prof. F. Scott Kieff, Washington University School of Law
  • Mr. Don Martens, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
  • Prof. Arti K. Rai, Duke University School of Law
  • Moderator:  Hon. Randall R. Rader, United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
State Room 

Religious Liberties: The International Religious Freedom Act  audio  video

  • Prof. Thomas F. Farr, Georgetown University
  • Prof. Richard W. Garnett, IV, Notre Dame Law School
  • Dr. T. Jeremy Gunn, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Moderator:  Mr. William L. Saunders, Family Research Council

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Environmental Law: The Policy Implications of the Reaction to Climate Change  audio

  • Prof. Jonathan Adler, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Prof. John C. Dernbach, Widener University Law School
  • Mr. Steven F. Hayward, American Enterprise Institute
  • Prof. Jeremy A. Rabkin, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator:  Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
East & State Rooms

Professional Responsibility: The Disciplining of Federal Judges  audio  video

  • Prof. Charles Gardner Geyh, Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington
  • Prof. Arthur D. Hellman, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Hon. Dennis G. Jacobs, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • Moderator: Mr. David Reinhard, The Oregonian

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
East & State Rooms 

Civil Rights: The Heller Case  audio  video

  • Prof. Nelson R. Lund, George Mason University School of Law
  • Mr. Clark Neily, Institute for Justice
  • Prof. Lucas A. Powe, Jr., University of Texas School of Law
  • Prof. Adam Winkler, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

International & National Security Law: International Law & the Separation of Powers  audio

  • Prof. John O. McGinnis, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Hon. Randy Moss, WillmerHale
  • Mr. David R. Rivkin, Jr., Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Prof. John C. Yoo, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Moderator: Mr. François-Henri Briard, Delaporte, Briard & Trichet and President, The Federalist Society, Paris Chapter

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

Lawyers Convention Annual Dinner  audio  video  transcript

  • Hon. Michael B. Mukasey, United States Attorney General

 


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21
9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Showcase Panel II: Judicial Tenure: Life Tenure or Fixed Nonrenewable Terms?  audio  video

  • Prof. Stephen B. Burbank, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Hon. Charles J. Cooper, Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
  • Prof. James Lindgren, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Prof. David R. Stras, University of Minnesota School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson III, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

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

Special Session: Judicial Independence Dialogue  audio  video

  • Hon. William H., Pryor Jr., United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Mr. H. Thomas Wells Jr., American Bar Association, and Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.
  • Moderator: Mr. M. Edward Whelan III, Ethics and Public Policy Center

12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
State Room

Financial Services: The Latest in the Financial Services Crises: Government Control v. the Free Market  audio  video

  • Mr. Bert Ely, Ely & Company, Inc.
  • Mr. Scott M. Polakoff, Office of Thrift Supervision, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Mr. Alex J. Pollock, American Enterprise Institute
  • Mr. Andrew Redleaf, Whitebox Advisors, LLC
  • Mr. John Taylor, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • Hon. Peter J. Wallison, American Enterprise Institute
  • Prof. Todd J. Zywicki, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Douglas Ginsburg, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
East Room

Labor: Labor Initiatives in the New Administration  audio  video

  • Ms. Holly B. Fechner, Covington & Burling LLP 
  • Hon. William J. Kilberg, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Former Solicitor, United States Department of Labor
  • Mr. James A. Paretti, United States House of Representatives Committee on Education & Labor
  • Mr. William Samuel, AFL-CIO
  • Moderator: Hon. Timothy M. Tymkovich, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Chinese Room

Litigation: Civil Litigation under the Roberts Court  audio  video

  • Hon. Gregory G. Katsas, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice
  • Mr. Robert S. Peck, Center for Constitutional Litigation
  • Mr. Carter G. Phillips, Sidley Austin
  • Dr. Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, B. Kenneth Simon Chair for Constitutional Studies, and Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute
  • Hon. Jerry E. Smith, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Moderator: Hon. Kenneth W. Starr, Dean, Pepperdine University School of Law and former United States Solicitor General

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Address  audio  video

  • Mr. Mark Steyn, Columnist and Author of America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Federalism: The Roberts Court and Federalism  audio  video

  • Hon. Paul D. Clement, Former United States Solicitor General
  • Hon. Walter E. Dellinger III, Duke University School of Law and Former Acting United States Solicitor General
  • Dean John C. Eastman, Chapman University School of Law
  • Prof. Jeffrey Rosen, George Washington University Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
State Room

Free Speech & Election Law: Freedom of Speech vs. Anti-Discrimination Laws  audio  video

  • Prof. David Bernstein, George Mason University School of Law
  • Prof. Andrew Koppelman, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Prof. Kenneth I. Marcus, Baruch College/CUNY School of Public Affairs
  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Moderator:  Prof. Lillian R. BeVier, University of Virginia School of Law

5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture  audio  video

  • Hon. Edith H. Jones, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

 



 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Showcase Panel III: Second Look Doctrines: Should Congress be Empowered to Override the Court? Should Voters in State Initiatives and Referenda be Able to Override State Supreme Courts?  audio  video

  • Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. Neal K. Katyal, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Hon. Larry D. Thompson, Pepsico, Inc., and Former Deputy United States Attorney General

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Chinese Room

Administrative Law: The 25th Anniversary of Chevron  audio  video

  • Hon. Ronald A. Cass, Cass & Associates, PC and Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law
  • Prof. William N. Eskridge, Jr., Yale Law School
  • Prof. Kristin E. Hickman, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Prof. Thomas W. Merrill, Yale Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Eileen J. O'Connor, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, and Former Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
State Room

Corporations: The SEC and the Financial Services Crisis of 2008  audio

  • Hon. Paul S. Atkins, former Commissioner, United States Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Prof. Edmund Kitch, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Prof. Jonathan R. Macey, Yale Law School
  • Hon. George J. Terwilliger III, White & Case LLP, Former United States Deputy Attorney General
  • Moderator:  Prof. Stephen Bainbridge, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
East Room

Telecommunications: The FCC and the First Amendment - Audio and Video Not Available

  • Mr. Miguel A. Estrada, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and Former Assistant to the United States Solicitior General
  • Hon. Gregory G. Garre, United States Solicitor General
  • Hon. Kevin J. Martin, Federal Communications Commission
  • Mr. Adam D. Thierer, The Progress and Freedom Foundation
  • Moderator: Hon. Brett M. Kavanaugh, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia

12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
 

1st Annual Rosenkranz Discussion  audio  video

  • Hon. Michael W. McConnell, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Hon. Richard Posner, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Moderator: Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Georgetown University Law Center

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
State Room

Showcase Panel IV: Regulation of Judicial Conduct: Silencing Judges or Avoiding Improper Influence?  audio  video

  • Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • Mr. Robert F. Schiff, Subcommittee on the Judiciary, United States Senate
  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Carlos T. Bea, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
State Room

Address  audio  video

  • Hon. Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court

 

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