Every state has laws or regulations that require individuals seeking to offer a certain service to the public first to obtain approval from the state before they may operate in the state. Recent years have seen a significant proliferation of such laws, with less than 5% of jobs in the American economy requiring a license in the 1950’s to between 25-30% today. Although licensing in some occupations may benefit the public by reducing information asymmetry and/or ensuring a minimum quality level for a particular service, the significant growth in the number of occupations governed by some form of licensing requirements poses a potential threat to competition and consumer welfare. Our panel of experts will discuss these important issues.
This event took place at Crowell & Moring in Washington, DC, on August 9, 2017.
Hon. Maureen Ohlhausen, Acting Chair of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
James Cooper, Associate Professor, Scalia Law School at George Mason University
Sarah Oxenham Allen, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Moderator:Koren W. Wong-Ervin, Director, Global Antitrust Institute, Scalia Law School at George Mason University
Moderator: Lisa Kimmel, Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP
What kind of war power does the Constitution grant the President and Congress? What limitations apply to each branch concerning the power to declare war and the use of military force? Over time, how has the Framers’ understanding been followed and in what ways has it been ignored? Do the founding principles regarding these topics still have application to our modern era? Former Congressman Mickey Edwards and National Review Institute Senior Fellow Andrew C. McCarthy joined us for an insightful discussion of these and other topics.
This event was held on July 7, 2017, at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.
Hon. Mickey Edwards, Former Congressman, Vice President and Program Director, Rodel Fellowships In Public Leadership, Aspen Institute
Andrew C. McCarthy, Senior Fellow, National Review Institute
Moderator: Nate Kaczmarek, Deputy Director, Article I Initiative, The Federalist Society
In this sequel to our panel last year on “The Limits of Federal Criminal Law,” we ask a distinguished panel to discuss how enforcement policy is evolving under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Is the Yates Memo targeting individual employees of a corporation still operative? Do the speeches of the new Attorney General give any insights into future enforcement tendencies?
This event was held on June 13, 2017, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Hon. Alice Fisher, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Matthew S. Miner, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Hon. George J. Terwilliger III, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
Moderator: Hon. Richard J. Leon, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Antitrust policy during much of the Obama Administration was a continuation of the Bush Administration’s minimal involvement in the market. However, at the end of President Obama’s term, there was a significant pivot to investigations and blocks of high profile mergers such as Halliburton-Baker Hughes, Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Staples-Office Depot, Sysco-US Foods, and Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna. How will or should the new Administration analyze proposed mergers, including certain high profile deals like Walgreens-Rite Aid, AT&T-Time Warner, Inc., and DraftKings-FanDuel?
This lively luncheon panel discussion covered these topics and the anticipated future of antitrust enforcement. This event was held on June 9, 2017, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Albert A. Foer, Founder and Senior Fellow, American Antitrust Institute
Prof. Geoffrey A. Manne, Executive Director, International Center for Law & Economics
Hon. Joshua D. Wright, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
Moderator: Hon. Ronald A. Cass, Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law and President, Cass & Associates, PC