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On September 11, 2001, at the age of 45 and at the height of her professional and personal life, Barbara K. Olson was murdered in the terrorist attacks against the United States as a passenger on the hijacked American Airlines flight that was flown into the Pentagon. The Federalist Society believes that it is most fitting to dedicate an annual lecture on limited government and the spirit of freedom to the memory of Barbara Olson. She had a deep commitment to the rule of law and understood well the relationship between respecting limits on government power and the preservation of freedom. And, significantly, Barbara Olson was an individual who never took freedom for granted in her own life, even in her final terrifying moments-her inspiring and energetic human spirit is a testament to what one can achieve in a world that places a premium on human freedom. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson delivered the first lecture in November 2001. The lecture series continued in following years with other notable individuals. In 2016, Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska delivered the lecture.

This lecture was delivered on November 18, 2016, during the 2016 National Lawyers Convention in Washington, DC.

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

  • Lecture: Hon. Ben Sasse, U.S. Senate, Nebraska
  • Introduction: Mr. Eugene B. Meyer, President, The Federalist Society

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC