The Federalist Society's 2015 National Lawyers Convention was held on Thursday, November 12 through Saturday, November 14 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The theme of the convention was: The Role of Congress.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Opening - Audio/Video
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Michael S. Lee, United States Senate, Utah
  • Introduction: Mr. Leonard A. Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society

Showcase Panel I: The Original View of Congress - Audio/Video
9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Akhil R. Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University
  • Dr. Louis Fisher, Scholar in Residence, the Constitution Project
  • Prof. Tara J. Helfman, Associate Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law 
  • Dr. Gordon Lloyd, Robert and Katheryn Dockson Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
  • Moderator: Hon. James L. Buckley, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit (ret.) and former U.S. Senator

Address - Audio/Video
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Grand Ballroom

  • Mr. Neil Eggleston, Assistant to the President and White House Counsel
  • Introduction: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups at The Federalist Society

Litigation: Ten Years of the Roberts Court - Audio/Video
12:00 noon – 1:45 p.m.
East & State Rooms

  • Mr. Michael A. Carvin, Partner, Jones Day
  • Ms. Jan Crawford, Political Correspondent and Chief Legal Correspondent, CBS News
  • Mr. Steven J. Duffield, Former Chief Counsel, Senator Jon Kyl
  • Prof. Michael S. Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Administrative Law: Agency Rule: How Congress Can Reclaim its Legislative Authority - Audio/Video
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
State Room

  • Hon. Tom Coburn, Former United States Senator, Oklahoma
  • Mr. Christopher C. DeMuth, Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute
  • Prof. Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Prof. Michael Uhlmann, Claremont Graduate University
  • Moderator: Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, U.S Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Corporations: Constitutionality of Administrative Law Judges at the Securities and Exchange Commission and Elsewhere - Audio/Video
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
East Room

  • Prof. John S. Baker, Jr., Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center and Professor Emeritus, LSU Law School
  • Mr. Stephen J. Crimmins, Shareholder, Murphy & McGonigle PC
  • Prof. Todd E. Pettys, H. Blair and Joan V. White Chair in Civil Litigation, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Prof. Tuan Samahon, Villanova University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. F. Scott Kieff, Commissioner, International Trade Commission

Labor & Employment: 80th Anniversary of the National Labor Relations Act & Congressional Action - Audio/Video
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law. Director, Classical Liberal Institute, New York University School of Law
  • Hon. John N. Raudabaugh, Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law, Ave Maria School of Law
  • Mr. Bill Samuel, Director of Government Affairs, AFL-CIO
  • Mr. Mark Schneider, General Counsel, Int'l Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • Moderator: Hon. Joan L. Larsen, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Michigan

Federalism: Deference Meets Delegation: Which is the Most Dangerous Branch? - Audio/Video
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. John C. Eastman, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service, Chapman University School of Law
  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Boyden Gray & Associates and former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
  • Mr. Neal K. Katyal, Hogan Lovells and former Acting U.S. Solicitor General
  • Mr. David B. Rivkin, Jr., Partner, BakerHostetler
  • Moderator: Hon. Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Religious Liberties: Examination of the Obama Administration’s Protection of Religious Liberty - Audio/Video
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
State Room

  • Dr. Stanley Carlson-Thies, Founder & Senior Director, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance
  • Mr. William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Mr. William L. Saunders, Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs, Americans United for Life
  • Mr. Adam J. White, Counsel, Boyden Gray & Associates
  • Moderator: Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Telecommunications: Broadband Re-regulation: The Battle Returns to the Courts - Audio/Video
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
East Room

  • Mr. Earl W. Comstock, Partner, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
  • Mr. Miguel A. Estrada, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Ms. Roslyn Layton, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Mr. Robert Quinn, Senior Vice-President – Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer, AT&T
  • Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit 

The Role of Congress and the State: A Governor's Perspective - Audio/Video
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Omni Shoreham Hotel - Regency Ballroom

  • Hon. Sam Brownback, Governor, State of Kansas
  • Hon. Nathan Deal, Governor, State of Georgia
  • Hon. Pete Ricketts, Governor, State of Nebraska
  • Hon. Scott Walker, Governor, State of Wisconsin
  • Moderator: Mr. William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard
  • Introduction: Hon. David M. McIntosh, President, Club for Growth and Vice Chairman, The Federalist Society

 


 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Special Session: Overreach in the States - Audio/Video
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Adam Laxalt, Attorney General, State of Nevada
  • Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Moderator: Mr. Adam J. White, Counsel, Boyden Gray & Associates

Showcase Panel II: The Living Congress: Adaptation or Decline? - Audio/Video
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Grand Ballroom

  • Mr. Christopher C. DeMuth, Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute
  • Prof. Neal E. Devins, Sandra Day O'Connor Professor of Law, Cabell Research Professor, Professor of Government, and Director, Institute of Bill of Rights Law, William & Mary Law School
  • Prof. David Mayhew, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University
  • Prof. Gillian E. Metzger, U.S. Constitutional Law Scholar and Professor of Law, Columbia Law School 
  • Prof. Neomi Rao, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Jerry Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Civil Rights: Ferguson, Baltimore, and Criminal Justice Reform - Audio/Video
12:00 noon – 2:15 p.m.
East Room

  • Mr. Arthur Loevy, Partner, Loevy & Loevy
  • Mr. Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, The Cato Institute
  • Dr. David B. Muhlhausen, Research Fellow in Empirical Policy Analysis,  Center for Data Analysis, The Heritage Foundation
  • Mr. Michael P. Tremoglie, Former Philadelphia Police Officer
  • Mr. Robert L. Woodson, Sr., Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise
  • Moderator: Hon. David Stras, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Minnesota

Criminal Law: Free Speech, Anti-Corruption, and the Criminalization of Government Affairs - Audio/Video
12:00 noon – 2:15 p.m.
State Room

  • Mr. Todd P. Graves, Partner, Graves Garrett LLC
  • Mr. Edward T. Kang, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Mr. Peter R. Zeidenberg, Partner, Arent Fox LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. Raymond W. Gruender, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Financial Services: Explaining the Next Crisis - Audio/Video
12:00 noon – 2:15 p.m.
Chinese Room

  • Hon. Phil Gramm, Senior Advisor, US Policy Metrics and Former United States Senator
  • Mr. Frank Medina, Senior Counsel & Director of Research, Better Markets
  • Ms. Karen Shaw Petrou, Managing Partner, Federal Financial Analytics, Inc.
  • Prof. J.W. Verret, Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Roundtable on Adjunct & Clinical Teaching - Video not available
12:00 noon – 2:15 p.m.
District Ballroom

  • Prof. Salen Churi, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Bluhm-Helfand Director of the Innovation Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
  • Ms. Jeanne M. Hauch, Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University School of Law
  • Prof. Craig S. Lerner, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Prof. James A. Sonne, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Religious Liberty Clinic, Stanford Law School
  • Moderator: Ms. Joanmarie Ilaria Davoli, Digital Education Specialist, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

Address - Audio/Video
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Orrin Hatch, U.S. Senate, Utah
  • Introduction: Mr. Leonard A. Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society

Free Speech: A Right to Speak Anonymously?  Political Contributors and Reporters’ Confidential Sources - Audio/Video
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
State Room

  • Mr. Andrew M. Grossman, Associate, BakerHostetler
  • Mr. Stephen Klein, Pillar of Law Institute
  • Mr. Paul S. Ryan, Senior Counsel, Campaign Legal Center
  • Hon. Hans von Spakovsky, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Moderator: Hon. Robert P. Young, Jr., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Michigan 

International: When Should America Act to Maintain International Order? - Audio/Video
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Colin Dueck, Associate Professor, George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
  • Mr. Benjamin H. Friedman, Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies, Cato Institute
  • Mr. François-Henri Briard, Supreme Court Attorney (France), Delaporte, Briard & Trichet
  • Hon. Mike J. Rogers, Former U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan
  • Moderator: Mr. Brian H. Hook, former Assistant Secretary of State

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture - Audio/Video
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Tom Cotton, United States Senate, Arkansas
  • Introduction: Mr. Eugene B. Meyer, President, The Federalist Society

 



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Showcase Panel III: ROUNDTABLE: Can Changes in Incentives Significantly Address Congressional Dysfunction? - Audio/Video
9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Howard L. Berman, Former U.S. Representative, California’s 28th Congressional District, Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Prof. James W. Ceaser, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia
  • Prof. Michael S. Greve, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Prof. Frances E. Lee, Professor, University of Maryland
  • Prof. Richard H. Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law
  • Mr. Matthew L. Wiener, Executive Director, Administrative Conference of the United States
  • Moderator: Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Introduction: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

Environmental Law: The Role of Congress in Environmental Law - Audio/Video
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
East Room

  • Prof. Eric R. Claeys, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Mr. Matt Leggett, Policy Counsel on Energy, Environment, and Agriculture, U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee
  • Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson, University Professor on the Environment, and Kerlin Professor Emeritus, Pace University School of Law
  • Prof. David Schoenbrod, Trustee Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Steven M. Colloton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Intellectual Property: The Role of Congress and Executive Agencies in 21st Century IP Regimes - Audio/Video
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
State Room

  • Prof. Sandra Aistars, Clinical Professor, George Mason School of Law and Sr. Scholar and Director, Copyright Policy & Research, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Prof. John F. Duffy, Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Prof. David S. Olson, Associate Professor, Boston College Law School
  • Prof. Arti K. Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law and co-Director, Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy
  • Moderator: Hon. Thomas B. Griffith, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Professional Responsibility: Prosecutors Run Amok? - Audio/Video
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Chinese Room

  • Hon. Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Mr. John G. Malcolm, Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, and Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Hon. George J. Terwilliger III, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Ms. Darpana M. Sheth, Constitutional Litigator, Institute for Justice
  • Moderator: Hon. Keith R. Blackwell, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia

Interview with Kirsten Powers - Audio/Video
12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Ms. Kirsten Powers, USA Today Columnist, Daily Beast Columnist, and FOX News Contributor
  • Interviewed by: Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Georgetown University Law Center and Federalist Society Board of Directors

Special Session: Life on the Bench - Audio/Video
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
State Room

  • Hon. Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Hon. Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Jerry Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Hon. David Stras, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Eighth Annual Rosenkranz Debate - Audio/Video
RESOLVED: The Constitution is designed for a moral and religious people and it's wholly unsuited for the government of any other

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
State Room

  • Prof. Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
  • Prof. John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

 

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