2000 National Lawyers Convention - "The Presidency"

Please note that due to the post-2000 election lawsuits in Florida, some of the schedules speakers below were unable to attend the convention.

Thursday, November 16
9:30 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.
State Room

Welcome & Presentation of Federalist Society/Wall Street Journal Presidential Poll

  • Mr. Leonard Leo, Lawyers Division Director, The Federalist Society
  • Prof. Steven Calabresi, Northwestern Law School & National Co-Chairman, The Federalist Society
  • Prof. James Lindgren, Northwestern Law School

9:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
State Room

Showcase Panel I: Is the Presidency Better Off Now Than Eight Years Ago?

  • Prof. Steven Calabresi, Northwestern Law School
  • Hon. Charles Cooper, Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal and Former U.S. Assistant Attorney General
  • Hon. Bernard Nussbaum, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Former White House Counsel
  • Prof. Nelson Polsby, University of California at Berkeley
  • Ms. Jennifer Newstead, Davis Polk & Wardwell (Moderator)

11:40 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
State Room

Criminal Law & Procedure Group: DNA & the Criminal Justice System

  • Prof. Margaret Berger, Brooklyn Law School
  • Mr. Ronald Eisenberg, Philadelphia County Assistant District Attorney
  • Dr. Lisa Forman, Deputy Director, Investigative and Forensic Sciences Division, Office of Science & Technology, National Institute of Justice
  • Ms. Jane Greene, Executive Director, Innocence Project
  • Ms. Sarah Vandenbraak Hart, Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (Moderator)

11:40 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
East Room

Labor & Employment Group: Regulatory Enforcement of Labor and Employment Law: What the Future Holds

  • Mr. Laurence Gold, Assistant General Counsel, AFL-CIO
  • Hon. Reginald Jones, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart and Former Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Mr. Donald Maliniak, Vice President of Labor Relations, Federal Express Corporation
  • Mr. Arthur Rosenfeld, Labor Policy Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Pensions
  • Mr. John Irving, Kirkland & ellis and Former General Counsel, NLRB (Moderator)

11:40 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Cabinet Room

Telecommunications & Electronic Media Group: How Does A President Affect the FCC?

  • Hon. Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • Hon. Henry Rivera, Shook Hardy & Bacon and Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • Hon. Richard Wiley, Wiley Rein & Fielding and Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Mr. Edward Whelan, Senior Vice President & Counselor to the General Counsel, Verizon Communications (Moderator)

1:20 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Cabinet Room

Administrative Law & Regulation Group: The Rise of Government by Agency Guidance

  • Prof. Robert Anthony, George Mason Law School
  • Hon. James Byrnes, Chief Judge, Interior Board of Land Appeals
  • Mr. Neil Eisner, U.S. Department of Transportation, Assistant General Counsel, Regulation & Enforcement
  • Mr. Robert McKenna, Associate General Counsel, Qwest Communications
  • Hon. Stephen Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit (Moderator)

1:20 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
East Room

Criminal Law & Procedure Group: The Migration of Responsibility & Punishment from the Wrongdoer to the Politically Correct

  • Prof. Vivian Berger, Columbia Law School
  • Hon. Gale Norton, Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber and Former Colorado Attorney General
  • Prof. Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Law School
  • Mr. William Otis, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney (Moderator)

1:20 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
State Room

Free Speech & Election Law Group: The Future of Political Parties

  • Mr. Jan Baran, Wiley Rein & Fielding
  • Prof. Michael Malbin, Executive Director, Campaign Finance Institute and State University of New York-Albany
  • Mr. Steve Rosenthal, Political Director, AFL-CIO
  • Hon. Bradley Smith, Commissioner, Federal Election Commission
  • Mr. Andrew Siff, Chief Counsel, U.S. Senate Rules Committee (Moderator)

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
State Room

Civil Rights Group: The Use and Misuse of Statistics in Civil Rights Litigation

  • Mr. Edward Blum, Co-Director, Campaign for A Color-Blind America
  • Mrs. Linda Chavez, President, The Center for Equal Opportunity
  • Ms. Diana Furchtgott-Roth, American Enterprise Institute and Co-Author, Women's Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economic Progress of Women in America
  • Mr. Joseph Sellers, Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll
  • Mr. Michael Carvin, Cooper Carvin & Rosenthal (Moderator)

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cabinet Room

Financial Services & E-Commerce Group: New Wine Into Old Bottles: E-Money and Other "New" Ideas

  • Ms. Cynthia Bonnette, FDIC Bank Technology Group
  • Mr. Leonard Ehanin, Morrison & Foerster
  • Mr. Cantwell Muckenfuss, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
  • Hon. John Douglas, Alston & Bird and Former General Counsel, FDIC (Moderator)

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
East Room

Litigation Group: Courts Awarding Money to People Who Are Not (Yet?) Hurt: The Pros & Cons of Medical Monitoring Lawsuits

  • Prof. Donald Elliott, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker and Yale Law School
  • Mr. Edward Madeira, Pepper Hamilton & Sheetz
  • Mr. Arvin Maskin, Weil Gotshal & Manges
  • Mr. Ronald Simon, Simon & Associates
  • Mr. Victor Schwartz, Crowell & Moring and General Counsel, American Tort Reform Association (Moderator)

4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
State Room

Address: "What Makes for a Good President?"

  • Prof. Fred Greenstein, Princeton University, Author of The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to Clinton

Friday, November 17
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
State Room

Address: Observations on the Presidential Election Contest

  • Mr. John Fund, The Wall Street Journal

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
State Room

Special Forum: The State of Legal Education

  • Hon. Charles Fried, Harvard Law School and Former U.S. Solicitor General
  • Dean James Huffman, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Ms. Harriet Miers, Locke Liddel & Sapp
  • Prof. Thomas Odom, Oklahoma City University Law School
  • Mr. Mark Renaud, Wiley, Rein & Fielding
  • Dean David Van Zandt, Northwestern Law School
  • Prof. Lillian BeVier, University of Virginia Law School and Member, Federalist Society Board of Visitors (Moderator)

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon
State Room

  • Hon. Stephen Goldsmith, Baker & Daniels and Former Mayor, City of Indianapolis

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Cabinet Room

Corporations Group: Regulation of High Tech Industries: Private Ordering or Government Oversight?

  • Mr. Paul Cappuccio, General Counsel, America Online
  • Mr. James Love, Director, Consumer Project on Technology
  • Mrs. Joanne Medero, Managing Director & Chief Counsel, Barclays Global Investors
  • Mr. Sam Scott Miller, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Former General Counsel, Paine Webber Group
  • Prof. David Post, Temple Law School and Senior Fellow, George Mason University
  • Mr. Philip Lochner, Former Senior Vice President, Time Warner (Moderator)

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
East Room

Criminal Law & Procedure Group: The Future of Federal Sentencing Policy

  • Prof. Frank Bowman, Indiana University Law School - Indianapolis
  • Hon. Avern Cohn, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Hon. Harry Litman, U.S. Attorney, Western Pennsylvania
  • Hon. Williams Sessions, U.S. District Court, Vermont and Commissioner, U.S. Sentencing Commission
  • Hon. Deanell Tacha, U.S Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Hon. Michael O'Neill, George Mason Law School and Commissioner, U.S. Sentencing Commission

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
State Room

Religious Liberties Group: How Should Religious Liberty Cases Be Argued?

  • Prof. Gerard Bradley, Notre Dame Law School
  • Mr. Kevin Hasson, President & General Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
  • Mr. Nathan Lewin, Miller Cassidy Larcoa & Lewin
  • Mr. Hewitt Pate, Hunton & Williams
  • Prof. Nicole Garnett, Notre Dame Law School (Moderator)

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
State Room


  • Hon. William Bennett, Empower America and Former U.S. Education Secretary

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
State Room

Showcase Panel II: Presidential Oversight and the Administrative State

  • Hon. Samuel Alito, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • Mr. Christopher DeMuth, President, American Enterprise Institute
  • Mr. Alan Morrison, Director and Co-Founder, Public Citizen Litigation Group
  • Prof. Richard Pierce, George Washington University Law School
  • Prof. Peter Strauss, Columbia Law School
  • Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit (Moderator)

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Cabinet Room

Intellectual Property Group: Biotechnology and Software: Ethics, Monopolies, Fears & Realities -- What Side is the Law On?

  • Mr. Robert Blackburn, Senior Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel, Chiron Corporation
  • Hon. Gerald Mossinghoff, Oblon Spivak and Former Commissioner, PTO
  • Mr. Edward Pool, Managing Partner, DE Technologies
  • Mr. Raymond Stewart, Birch, Kolash, Stewart and Birch
  • Hon. Randall Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit (Moderator)

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
East Room

Professional Responsibility Group: Judges & the Press

  • Prof. Erwin Chemerinsky, University of Southern California Law School
  • Prof. Roger Cramton, Cornell Law School
  • Prof. Fred McChesney, Northwestern Law School
  • Hon. Diarmuid O'Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Prof. Ronald Rotunda, University of Illinois Law School
  • Prof. Richard Painter, University of Illinois Law School (Moderator)

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
State Room


  • Hon. Theodore Olson, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel and Member, Federalist Society Board of Visitors

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
State Room

Religious Liberties Group: First Amendment Roundup: Freedom of Speech, Expression and Association & the Recent Rehnquist Court

  • Hon. Walter Dellinger, O'Melveny & Myers, Duke Law School and Former U.S. Solicitor General
  • Prof. William Kelley, Notre Dame Law School
  • Hon. Kenneth Starr, Former Independent Counsel and Former U.S. Solicitor General
  • Prof. Nadine Strossen, New York Law School and President, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Mr. Bret Kavanaugh, Kirkland & Ellis (Moderator)

7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Fourteenth Annual Lawyers Banquet & Multimedia Program: The Politics of Hollywood's Depiction of the Legal System

  • Mr. Robert Bork, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Bork & Associates
  • Ms. Ann Coulter, Media Commentator and Columnist, Human Events
  • Mrs. Barbara Olson, Balch & Bingham, Media Commentator, and Former Management Position in Hollywood Television and Film Production
  • Mr. Robert Peck, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Mr. Jack Valenti, President, Motion Picture Association of America
  • Prof. Michael Asimow, University of California at Los Angeles Law School (Moderator)

Saturday, November 18
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
State Room

A Briefing on the Current Election Controversy

  • Mr. James Gauch, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue
  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and Former White House Counsel
  • Mr. Stuart Taylor, Editor, National Journal

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Cabinet Room

Environmental Law & Property Rights Group: Biotechnology & the New Environmental Regulatory Paradigm

  • Mr. John Cohrssen, Executive Director, Public Health Policy Advisory Board
  • Mr. Peter Huber, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
  • Dr. Margaret Mellon, Agriculture & Biotechnology Program Director, Union of Concernced Scientists
  • Hon. Roger Marzulla, Marzulla & Marzulla and Former U.S. Assistant Attorney General (Moderator)

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
State Room

Federalism & Separation of Powers Group: Federalism After the Election: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Mr. Lee Goodman, Deputy Counsel to the Governor and Deputy Director of Policy, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Dr. Michael Greve, American Enterprise Institute and Author, Real Federalism
  • Hon. Randolph Moss, Assistant U.S. Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel
  • Hon. William Pryor, Alabama Attorney General
  • Mr. Ed Haden, Chief Counsel, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Youth Violence (Moderator)

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
East Room

Litigation Group: Bad Lawyers in the Movies

  • Presentation: Prof. Michael Asimow, University of California at Los Angeles Law School
  • Commentary: Mr. Walter Olson, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
  • Ms. Kimberly Newman, Hunton & William (Moderator)

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
State Room

Showcase Roundtable III: What Should Shape A President's Perspective on Foreign Policy?

  • Mr. Walter Russell Mead, Senior Advisor, The Council on Foreign Relations
  • Prof. John Norton Moore, University of Virginia Law School
  • Prof. Jeremy Rabkin, Cornell University
  • Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, Scowcroft Group and Former National Security Advisor
  • Mr. Eric Kadel, Sullivan & Cromwell (Moderator)

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Convention Luncheon

  • Hon. Frank Keating, Governor of Oklahoma

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom


  • Mr. George Will, ABC's This Week

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
East Room

Criminal Law & Procedure Group: A Debate on the Death Penalty

  • Mr. Samuel Jordan, Former Director, Program to Abolish the Death Penalty, Amnesty International-USA
  • Mr. Kent Scheidegger, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation
  • Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (Moderator)

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cabinet Room

International Law & National Security Group: Immigration in the High Tech Age

  • Mr. Gary Endelman, Immigration Attorney, BP Amoco
  • Ms. Lee Otis, Staff Director, U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee
  • Mr. Grover Joseph Rees, Staff Director, U.S. House of Representatives International Operations & Human Rights Subcommittee
  • Dr. Richard Vigilante, Gilder Technology Group
  • Ms. Margaret Stock, Stock & Moeller (Moderator)

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
State Room

Litigation Group: Judicial Selection

  • Mr. R. Alexander Acosta, Director, Project on the Judiciary
  • Mr. Manus Cooney, Staff Director & Chief Counsel, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Hon. Lloyd Cutler, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and Former White House Counsel
  • Hon. Fred Fielding, Wiley, Rein & Fielding and Former White House Counsel
  • Mr. Ralph Neas, President, People for the American Way
  • Mr. Max Boot, Op-Ed Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal (Moderator)