2007 National Lawyers Convention - "Shining City Upon a Hill: American Exceptionalism"

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Welcome and Opening Address    

  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union

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

Showcase Panel I: Beacon of Freedom: Does America Have a Special Mission?    

  • Mr. Michael Barone, U.S. News and World Report 
  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. Charles Fried, Harvard Law School
  • Prof. Gordon S. Wood, Brown University
  • Moderator: Hon. James Harvie Wilkinson, III, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Address & Book Signing    

  • Hon. Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court and Author, My Grandfather's Son

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
East Room

Criminal Law: The Independence of Federal Prosecutors    

  • Hon. Bob Barr, President and CEO, Liberty Strategies LLC, and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia
  • Hon. Jamie Gorelick, Wilmer Hale, and former Deputy U.S. Attorney General
  • Mr. Andrew C. McCarthy, The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
  • Prof. John C. Yoo, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Merrick B. Garland, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
State Room
 

Religious Liberties: The Role of Religion in Public Debate  

  • Prof. Robert Audi, University of Notre Dame
  • Prof. R. Kent Greenawalt, Columbia University School of Law
  • Hon. Michael W. McConnell, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Dr. James W. Skillen, Center for Public Justice
  • Moderator: Hon. Diane S. Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
State Room

Corporations: Is the U.S. Legal Regime Undermining American Competitiveness?    

  • Hon. David D. Aufhauser, UBS Global General Counsel and Former General Counsel, Department of the Treasury 
  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. Douglas W. Kmiec, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Hon. George J. Terwilliger, III, White & Case LLP, and former Deputy U.S. Attorney General
  • Moderator: Mr. François-Henri Briard, Delaporte, Briard & Trichet and President, The Federalist Society, Paris Chapter

2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Federalism: Religion, Early America and the Fourteenth Amendment    

  • Dean John C. Eastman, Chapman University School of Law
  • Prof. Philip A. Hamburger, Columbia University School of Law
  • Prof. Marci A. Hamilton, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

 

6:30 p.m.
Union Station Main Hall
50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.

Address    

  • Hon. George W. Bush, President of the United States

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Gala    

  • Hon. E. Spencer Abraham, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Co-Founder, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court
  • Prof. Steven G. Calabresi, Northwestern University School of Law and Chairman, The Federalist Society Board of Directors
  • Mr. Leonard A. Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society
  • Hon. David M. McIntosh, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP and Vice Chairman, Federalist Society Board of Directors
  • Hon. Edwin Meese III, Heritage Foundation
  • Mr. Eugene B. Meyer, President, The Federalist Society
  • Hon. Theodore B. Olson, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
  • Hon. Lee Liberman Otis, Senior Vice President and Faculty Director, The Federalist Society
  • Hon. Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Hon. Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court

  25th Anniversary Tribute Video



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
East Room

Labor: The Labor Movement, NGOs, International Labor Standards and American Values    

  • Prof. Samuel Estreicher, New York University School of Law
  • Mr. Adam B. Greene, U.S. Council for International Business
  • Ms. Deborah Greenfield, Associate General Counsel, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Litigation & Professional Responsibility: Is Overlawyering Overtaking Democracy?    

  • Prof. Theodore Eisenberg, Cornell Law School
  • Mr. Walter K. Olson, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
  • Mr. Victor E. Schwartz, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  • Prof. David C. Vladeck, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Dean David M. Schizer, Columbia University School of Law

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

Address    

  • Hon. Mitch McConnell, United States Senator, Kentucky

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
East Room

Environmental Law: Property Rights in the United States    

  • Hon. Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Moderator: Mr. James S. Burling, Pacific Legal Foundation

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Free Speech & Election Law: Restricting Parental Speech    

  • Prof. James G. Dwyer, College of William & Mary School of Law
  • Dr. Jay Alan Sekulow, American Center for Law & Justice
  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Michael W. McConnell, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Administrative Law: Immigration, Amnesty, and the Rule of Law    

  • Dean T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Georgetown University Law Center 
  • Prof. John Baker, Louisiana State University
  • Prof. Kris W. Kobach, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • Prof. Gerald L. Newman, Harvard Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
East Room

Telecommunications: The Regulatory State and American Technology    

  • Amb. David A. Gross, U.S. Department of State
  • Mr. Roy E. Hoffinger, Qualcomm, Inc.
  • Hon. James C. Miller, III, formerly of the U.S. Office of Management & Budget
  • Hon. Robert M. McDowell, U.S. Federal Communications Commission
  • Moderator: Hon. Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

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

Address    

  • Hon. Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor, New York City

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

Showcase Panel II: Is America Different from Other Major Western Democracies?    

  • Prof. Randy E. Barnett, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. James Lindgren, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Mr. Bruce Stokes, National Journal
  • Prof. Graham K. Wilson, Boston University
  • Moderator: Hon. Ronald A. Cass, President, Cass & Associates, PC and Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law

5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture    

  • Hon. John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States

 



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Showcase Panel III: The Constitution & American Exceptionalism: Citation of Foreign Law    

  • Prof. Akhil Reed Amar, Yale Law School
  • Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Prof. Vicki C. Jackson, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Hon. Janice Rogers Brown, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

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

Civil Rights: Amending State & Federal Constitutions to Prohibit Sex Discrimination    

  • Prof. Martha F. Davis, Northeastern University School of Law
  • Prof. Gail Heriot, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Mrs. Phyllis M. Schlafly, Eagle Forum
  • Moderator: Hon. Jerry E. Smith, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

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

Financial Services: Borrowing in America: Home Mortgages, Foreclosures and Predatory Lending    

  • Ms. Anne Canfield, Executive Director, Consumer Mortgage Coalition
  • Mr. Allen Fishbein, Consumer Federation of America 
  • Mr. Alex J. Pollock, Resident Fellow, The American Enterprise Institute
  • Mrs. Montrice Yakimov, Office of Thrift Supervision
  • Moderator: Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

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

Intellectual Property: Intellectual Property: American Exceptionalism or International Harmonization? 

  • Prof. Shubha Ghosh, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Prof. F. Scott Kieff, Washington University in St. Louis 
  • Prof. Adam Mossoff, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Prof. Steven M. Tepp, Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Moderator: Hon. Brett Kavanaugh, U. S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

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

Annual Convention Luncheon: The Conservative and Libertarian Legal Movement: A 25 Year Retrospective    

  • Opening Remarks: Hon. E. Spencer Abraham, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Co-Founder, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy

  • Mr. Manuel S. Klausner, Reason Foundation
  • Hon. Edwin Meese III, Heritage Foundation
  • Moderator: Mr. Alfred Regnery, The American Spectator

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
East & State Rooms

Showcase Panel IV: American Exceptionalism, the War on Terror and the Rule of Law in the Islamic World    

  • Prof. Neal K. Katyal, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. Michael S. Paulsen, University of Saint Thomas School of Law
  • Mr. David B. Rivkin, Jr., Baker & Hostetler
  • Prof. Nadine Strossen, New York Law School
  • Moderator: Prof. Steven G. Calabresi, Northwestern University School of Law and Chairman, The Federalist Society Board of Directors