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2023 Midwestern Regional Conference

June 16, 2023

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Friday, June 16, 2023

Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN

The theme of this year's Midwestern Regional Conference is Education. Click the "6.16 Friday" tab to see our agenda and confirmed speakers.

Our Keynote Speaker:

Hon. John B. Nalbandian, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Tickets:

$40 Government Employees

$40 Members

$100 Non-Members

$20 Student Members / 2023 Graduates / Law Clerks

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9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast
East Club Lounge
Lucas Oil Stadium
500 S. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks

2023 Midwestern Regional Conference

East Club Lounge
Lucas Oil Stadium
500 S. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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Featuring:

  • The Honorable Todd Rokita, Attorney General, State of Indiana

Speakers

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Panel I: Recent Developments on Parental Rights
East Club Lounge
Lucas Oil Stadium
500 S. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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Anxiety regarding parental rights in American healthcare and education is at an all time high.  Our panel will discuss questions such as, “Are parental rights being circumvented at the schoolhouse and medical office doors?”; “Who decides the best interest of the child?”; “When should the state’s judgment supersede parents’ judgment?”; and “Who determines the parental right to know?”

Featuring:

  • Luke Berg, Deputy Counsel, Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty
  • Thomas M. Fisher, Solicitor General, Indiana Office of the Attorney General
  • Emilie Kao, Senior Counsel, Vice President of Advocacy Strategy, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Moderator: Hon. Matthew W. McFarland, United States District Judge, Southern District of Ohio

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11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Panel II: School Choice
East Club Lounge
Lucas Oil Stadium
500 S. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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Policymaker interest in alternatives to traditional public schools has sharply increased post-pandemic, with some states considering and adopting proposals to provide educator regulatory relief; increase access to charter schools; offer additional vouchers and tax credit programs; and create education savings account options to increase choice in education. Optics on professions in education have been challenging. Many of these proposals address the number of religious schools in school choice programs, which has led to both new legislation and litigation. Panelists will survey relevant proposals and developments in the midwest while considering the perspective of stakeholders in the field.

Featuring:

  • Séamus Boyce, Partner, Kroger, Gardis & Regas, LLP
  • Leslie Davis Hiner, Vice President of Legal Affairs & Director of Legal Defense & Education Center, EdChoice
  • Daniel Suhr, Senior Fellow, National Opportunity Project
  • Moderator: Hon. Sarah Pitlyk, Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri  

 

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12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Keynote Address & Luncheon
East Club Lounge
Lucas Oil Stadium
500 S. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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Featuring:

  • Hon. John B. Nalbandian, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

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1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Panel III: State AG Challenges to Biden's Recent Title IX Regulation Efforts
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Lucas Oil Stadium
500 S. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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On his first day in office, President Biden signed Executive Order 13988 directing federal agencies to “promulgate new agency actions, as necessary to fully implement statutes that prohibit sex discrimination” so as to prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In response, the Department of Education issued subregulatory guidance interpreting Title IX to safeguard the rights of transgender students to participate on sports teams and use facilities of their choice, regardless of biological sex. It then proposed rules that both formalize that interpretation and truncate the due process rights of those accused of sexual assault or harassment on college campuses. Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture promulgated a rule enforcing Title IX and the Food and Nutrition Act by prohibiting SOGI discrimination by schools participating in federal school lunch programs. In this panel, attorneys from the Midwest will discuss significant recent cases challenging these regulatory efforts. 

Featuring:

  • Karen Celestino-Horseman, Of Counsel, Austin & Jones, P.C,
  • Josh Divine, Solicitor General, Missouri Office of the Attorney General
  • Benjamin A. Flowers, Solicitor General, Ohio Office of the Attorney General
  • Corrine Youngs, Policy Director & Legislative Counsel, Indiana Office of the Attorney General
  • Moderator: Hon. Mark S. Massa, Justice, Indiana Supreme Court

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3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Lucas Oil Stadium
500 S. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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