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Legislative Branch Review Conference

February 6, 2019

The Article I Initiative and the Georgetown Law Student Chapter are pleased to host the First Annual Legislative Branch Review Conference on February 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. The event will feature current and former members of Congress, policy analysts, and academics.

All-Day Tickets have sold out, however tickets are still available for the afternoon programs from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm (including reception).

Recently Announced

Rep. Mike Gallagher, Wisconsin's Eighth District

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina

Rep. Steve Womack, Arkansas's Third District

Rep. Rob Woodall, Georgia's Seventh District

Attendance is free. CLE is being applied for in CA, DE, NY, PA, TX, and VA. If you are interested in earning CLE, there is a $25 fee with an estimated 4.5 hours of credit. Additional jurisdictions may be included, subject to demand.

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9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Breakfast

Legislative Branch Review Conference

CVC Atrium
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515

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10:00 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
Panel I: Can the Other Branches Help Restore Congress?

Legislative Branch Review Conference

Topics: Constitution • Separation of Powers
CVC Auditorium
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515

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On February 6, 2019, the Federalist Society's Article I Initiative and the Georgetown Student Chapter co-sponsored the first Legislative Branch Review Conference. The first panel asked "Can the Other Branches Help Restore Congress?"

Madison famously asserted that “ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” but how would he advise the current federal government Branches in support of the separation of powers? Are there opportunities for each Branch to encourage or even compel Congress to shoulder the constitutional responsibilities that are central to the Legislative Branch's nature and purpose? How can we effectively address this important restoration work from both within and without?

Featuring:

  • David Hoppe, President, Hoppe Strategies
  • Prof. Sally Katzen, Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence; Co-Director of the Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic, New York University School of Law
  • Dr. Philip Wallach, Senior Fellow, Governance, R Street
  • Hon. Peter J. Wallison, Senior Fellow and Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies, AEI
  • Moderator: Thomas G. Hungar, Partner, Gibson Dunn
  • Introduction: Nathan Kaczmarek, Director, Article I Initiative; Director, Regulatory Transparency Project

As always, the Federalist Society takes no particular legal or public policy positions. All opinions expressed are those of the speakers.

Speakers

11:30 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
Morning Address

Legislative Branch Review Conference

Topics: Article I Initiative
CVC Auditorium
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515

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12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Luncheon & Member Interview

Legislative Branch Review Conference

Topics: Article I Initiative
CVC Atrium
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515

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1:10 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Panel II: A World Without Chevron?

Legislative Branch Review Conference

Topics: Administrative Law & Regulation • Article I Initiative
CVC Auditorium
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515

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On February 6, 2019, the Federalist Society's Article I Initiative and the Georgetown Student Chapter co-sponsored the first Legislative Branch Review Conference. The second panel speculated on "A World Without Chevron?"

Chevron has come under fire as of late, and the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh has tipped off a new round of speculation as to how the Court might narrow, or even eliminate, the doctrine. But is a world without Chevron desirable? If courts do not defer to agency interpretations of truly ambiguous statutes, should courts decide de novo what they think such ambiguous laws mean? Are there viable alternatives?

Featuring:

  • Mr. Mark Chenoweth, Executive Director and General Counsel, New Civil Liberties Alliance
  • Mr. David D. Doniger, Director, Climate & Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Prof. Kristin Hickman, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Harlan Albert Rogers Professor in Law, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Prof. David S. Schoenbrod, Trustee Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Moderator: Prof. Jennifer L. Mascott, Assistant Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Introduction: Joel Nolette, Litigation Associate, Mintz Levin

As always, the Federalist Society takes no particular legal or public policy positions. All opinions expressed are those of the speakers.

Speakers

2:35 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Keynote Address by Sen. Lindsey Graham

Legislative Branch Review Conference

Topics: Article I Initiative
CVC Auditorium
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515

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On February 6, 2019, the Federalist Society's Article I Initiative and the Georgetown Student Chapter co-sponsored the first Legislative Branch Review Conference. Senator Lindsey Graham offered the keynote address.

Featuring:

  • Hon. Lindsey Graham, Senator, South Carolina
  • Introduction: Dean A. Reuter, General Counsel | Vice President & Director, Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

As always, the Federalist Society takes no particular legal or public policy positions. All opinions expressed are those of the speakers.

Speakers

3:15 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Panel III: Bipartisanship and High Profile Congressional Oversight

Legislative Branch Review Conference

Topics: Article I Initiative
CVC Auditorium
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515

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On February 6, 2019, the Federalist Society's Article I Initiative and the Georgetown Student Chapter co-sponsored the first Legislative Branch Review Conference. The third panel discussed "Bipartisanship and High Profile Congressional Oversight."

At the outset, the 116th Congress promises many high profile and impactful investigations. However, the last several Congresses have not always maintained a civil, united, and fact-based oversight approach devoted to bipartisan purposes. Is there room for renewal? How can Congress do better? 

Featuring:

  • Ms. Elise Bean, Washington Co-Director, Levin Center at Wayne Law
  • Mr. Stanley M. Brand, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump
  • Ms. Machalagh Carr, General Counsel & Parliamentarian (R), Committee on Ways and Means, U. S. House of Representatives
  • Mr. Jon Skladany, Chief Counsel for Oversight (R), Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Moderator: Mr. Justin Rood, Director of the Congressional Oversight Initiative, The Project On Government Oversight
  • Introduction: Nathan Kaczmarek, Director, Article I Initiative; Director, Regulatory Transparency Project

As always, the Federalist Society takes no particular legal or public policy positions. All opinions expressed are those of the speakers.

Speakers

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Reception

Legislative Branch Review Conference

Topics: Article I Initiative
CVC Atrium
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515

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