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he first half of 2022 has been busy and exciting for the Federalist Society. The National Student Symposium was hosted by our University of Virginia Student Chapter, and it featured a keynote address by Governor Glenn Youngkin and fascinating panel discussions about the Federalists and Anti-Federalists. Professor Chris Walker received the Joseph Story Award. Student Chapters have done a great job of getting back to in-person programming, and they look forward to continuing in the fall.

Our Lawyers Chapters have eagerly kept up in-person programming too, including a noteworthy Florida Chapters Conference featuring keynotes by former Vice President Mike Pence, Governor Ron DeSantis, and Justice Neil Gorsuch. Many new regional and statewide conferences have been held in the past few months, and several more new conferences are coming soon; check out the save-the-dates on page 7, and mark your calendar for the one closest to you!

Our Practice Groups hosted the Tenth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference in May, and it continued the tradition of critically examining executive branch actions in various spheres. The Freedom of Thought Project held an inaugural dinner and panel at the conclusion of the conference and looks forward to continuing its work of highlighting threats to fundamental freedoms and supporting free and open discourse. Our new In-House Counsel Project had a nationwide launch conference that was a great success, with counsel from more than 100 companies attending and a keynote address by former U.S. Attorney General (and former Verizon General Counsel) William Barr. Stay tuned for more information about future programming from this important new project.

FedSoc Studios released a new documentary about Frederick Douglass and the right to vote and continues to produce high quality and informative videos on legal subjects. Our Regulatory Transparency Project, Article I Initiative, and State Courts Project continue to produce excellent events, videos, podcasts, and papers, some of which are highlighted in this issue, and all of which can be found at And don’t miss new articles from the Federalist Society Review and posts on the FedSoc Blog!

Please save the date for the 2022 National Lawyers Convention, which will be held November 10-12 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. We hope you enjoy this issue of the Federalist Paper. Please send any questions or comments to us at [email protected]. We’ll see you at the NLC! 

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