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Intellectual Property and First Principles

Hosted by The Federalist Society’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and The Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies Wednesday, February 10, 11:00 AMCato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Conservatives and libertarians are sometimes divided on the question of whether intellectual property is really property, and how much protection it deserves. On one hand, intellectual property is a product of mixing labor with material in the public domain, and it’s freely alienable, able to be bought, sold, licensed, or used as the owner sees fit. On this view, intellectual property is a bedrock natural right, central to economic and personal freedom, which the United States Constitution empowers Congress to protect. The contrary position, taken by some libertarians, views intellectual property as a government-conferred right that encourages political rent-seeking, restricts liberty, and thwarts innovation. Please join us as our panel of experts debates who has the better of the argument.

Featuring:

  • Mr. Eli Dourado, Director, Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School
  • Mr. Jim Harper, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
  • Mr. Randolph J. May, President, The Free State Foundation and Co-Author, The Constitutional Foundations of Intellectual Property
  • Moderator: Dr. Roger Pilon, Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

2016 James Kent Summer Academy

2016 Faculty Division Summer Conference for Students Interested in Academia Wednesday, August 03, 06:00 PMLoews Annapolis Hotel
126 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Annapolis Maryland Main Street

The Federalist Society’s James Kent Summer Academy is a new program for students and recent graduates who demonstrate strong potential for being leaders among a future generation of legal scholars.  Participants will have an opportunity to engage in academic discourse, to learn about an academic career track, to deepen their understanding of key ideas about the law, the founding period, originalism, religious liberty, and markets and the law, and to receive some personalized career planning and publishing guidance.  Confirmed faculty include Randy Barnett (Georgetown) and Daniel Kelly (Notre Dame), among others.

The Academy will take place in early August in Annapolis, MD.  This all-expenses-paid conference will include seminar-style sessions guided by a group of leading faculty, informational sessions and workshops for professional development, and the opportunity to connect to a community of talented students and scholars.  Participants will also receive invitations to ongoing events and academic and professional development resources throughout the year.  

The program is intended for students and recent graduates (three years or less out of law school), including prospective or current clerks, with a serious interest in an academic career, who would contribute to the intellectual diversity of the legal academy, and who are beginning to develop their legal scholarship.  Applicants should possess strong academic qualifications.

2016 National Lawyers Convention

November 17-19, 2016 - Save the Date! Thursday, November 17, 12:00 AMThe Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The 2016 National Lawyers Convention is scheduled for November 17-19, 2016. More information will be posted in late summer.

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