The Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention was held in November and, as always, it was a great event. The theme of the convention was “Public and Private Power: Preserving Freedom or Preventing Harm?” The program featured four Showcase Sessions and sixteen breakout sessions exploring this topic. The 13th Annual Rosenkranz Debate pitted against each other John Allison and Ashley Keller on the question of whether concentrated corporate power is a greater threat to individual freedom than government power.

Several distinguished speakers addressed the convention. Hon. Amul Thapar gave the opening address on Thursday morning and on Friday, Vivek Ramaswamy participated in a fireside chat with Prof. Todd J. Zywicki. Hon. Theodore Olson delivered the 20th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture, in which he reflected on the life and legacy of his wife, Barbara. Hon. Laurence Silberman delivered the Hon. Robert H. Bork Memorial Lecture. Finally, Senator Tom Cotton addressed the Antonin Scalia Memorial Dinner at Union Station. Visit to watch videos, listen to audio recordings, and read transcripts of panels and speakers you missed!

The NLC isn’t the only thing Fed Soc has done over the past few months. Inside this issue, you’ll see that our Student Division is gearing up for the National Student Symposium, our Lawyers Chapters have hosted regional conferences and events with Hon. Jeffrey Sutton and Hon. Jennifer Elrod, and our Faculty Division hosted a mini-conference for scholars. The Article I Initiative and the Regulatory Transparency Project have been active, as has our Digital team. See inside for some of our online resources, all of which are available at We hope you enjoy this issue of the Federalist Paper. Please send any comments to us at [email protected].

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