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Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

February 3 — 4, 2023

  
9th Annual Florida Chapters Conference
February 3 - 4, 2023 
 
  
Online registration is now closed.
Limited, on-site registration will be available.
 
 
On-site Pricing:
Student Members: $350
Government Employees: $400
Members: $450
Non-Members: $650
Please note these do not include entry to the
dessert reception/fireworks viewing.
 
Dessert Reception and Fireworks Viewing:
Adult: $100
Child: $50
Children under 3 years old do not need a ticket
 

 Hotel Accommodations: 

 Swan & Dolphin Room Block:

Reserve a room by calling 1-800-227-1500. The group code is FL8156.
The only way to make reservations is by calling.

Disney Yacht and Beach Club

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Sponsorships:

Please reach out to abbie.kepto@fed-soc.org if you are interested in sponsoring The Federalist Society.

 

8.0 Hours of General Florida CLE available.

CJE credit expected. 

 

Schedule is subject to change.

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1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Registration

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Welcoming & Opening Remarks

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Event Video

Description

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moodey will deliever the opening remarks at the Federalist Society's Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference. 

Featuring:

  • Hon. Ashley Moody, Attorney General of Florida

Speakers

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Panel One: The ESG Movement and Business Regulation: Go Woke, Go Broke?

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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In recent years, the push for consideration of "Environmental, Social, Governance" criteria ("ESG") in government/regulatory policy has gained steam. Institutional investors are also pushing ESG and corporate America is responding. Many companies have embraced “stakeholder capitalism” and as a result are taking public stands on voting rights, gun control, and other social issues.

Some are concerned about the economic and societal impact of these activities, and pushback is occurring in the form of judicial challenges to regulatory rulemaking, new state laws against divestiture and defunding of energy production and gun sales, and state antitrust investigations of institutional investor groups seeking environmental and social change at public companies. 

Panelists will discuss the current state of play of “woke capitalism”, and efforts to address agency actions and those of private sector entities.

Featuring:

  • Jesse Barrett, Partner, SouthBank Legal
  • Ashley Keller, Partner & Co-Founder, Keller Postman LLC
  • Prof. Lynn LoPucki, Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Kevin O’Connor, Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Carrier
  • Moderator: Hon. John Badalamenti, Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Speakers

4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Panel Two: State Constitutions

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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State courts are often faced with cases raising arguments under state and federal law. If there are similar provisions in both the United States Constitution and the Florida Constitution, how should judges interpret these provisions? Must they be interpreted in the same way? If not, what is needed to justify a court's decision to interpret text in the state constitution differently than similar (or even identical) text in the United States Constitution?

Featuring:

  • Hon. Clint Bolick, Justice, Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Judd Stone, Solicitor General of Texas
  • Daniel Tilley, Legal Director, ACLU Florida
  • Moderator: Hon. Raag Singhal, Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Speakers

5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Remarks

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Featuring:

  • Gary Lesser, President of The Florida Bar

Speakers

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Banquet

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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A Conversation with the Chiefs

Featuring:

  • Hon. William H. Pryor, Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Hon. Carlos G. Muñiz, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Florida
  • Moderator: Hon. Robert J. Luck, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit and former Justice on the Supreme Court of Florida

Speakers

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7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast & Registration

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Special Session: Career Opportunities in Public Interest Litigation

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Our panelists will share how and why they decided to pursue opportunities in public interest litigation, what benefits public interest litigation serves, and the special practice concerns that come with litigating issues that draw public attention.

Featuring:

  • Christopher Mills, Principal, Spero Law, LLC
  • Justin Pearson, Managing Attorney, Florida Office, Institute for Justice
  • James Percival, Chief Deputy Solicitor General of Florida
  • Christine Pratt, Counsel, First Liberty Institute
  • Moderator: Hon. Jamie Grosshans, Justice, Supreme Court of Florida

Speakers

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Panel Three: Post-Pandemic Legal Landscape and the Next Crisis

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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This panel will focus on the lasting impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on law and public policy, and how such impact will shape state and federal government response to the next crisis. Panelists will address such topics as the FDA, CDC, and public health regulation, education policy, vaccine mandates, mandatory lockdowns/shutdowns, and PPP and other Covid-19 relief programs (including related fraud investigations).

Featuring:

  • Karol Markowicz, Columnist, New York Post
  • Jordan Pratt, Senior Counsel, First Liberty Institute
  • Brett Shumate, Partner, Jones Day
  • Jay Trezevant, Assistant United State Attorney, Middle District of Florida
  • Moderator: Hon. Rodolfo Ruiz, Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Speakers

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Book Signing: Stolen Youth: How Radicals Are Erasing Innocence and Indoctrinating a Generation by Karol Markowicz

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Newport Lobby
Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Featuring:

  • Karol Markowicz, Columnist, New York Post

Speakers

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Panel Four: Three Perspectives on the Independent State Legislature Doctrine - Moore v. Harper

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Event Video

Description

Under the U.S. Constitution, does the state legislative body, independent of any constraints by state courts or other laws, have sole authority to regulate federal elections? In Moore v. Harper, the Supreme Court will decide whether the North Carolina Supreme Court has the power to strike down a legislature’s congressional map for violating the North Carolina Constitution. The legislators have argued that the "independent state legislature theory renders the state courts and state constitution powerless in matters relating to federal elections.

Featuring:

  • Daniel Nordby, Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP
  • Prof. Derek Muller, Professor of Law, The University of Iowa College of Law
  • Ed Wenger, Partner, Holtzman Vogel Baran Torchinsky & Josefiak PLLC
  • Moderator: Hon. Charles T. Canady, Justice, Supreme Court of Florida

Speakers

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Luncheon Remarks

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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A Conversation with Hon. Betsy DeVos.

Featuring:

  • Hon. Betsy DeVos, Former United States Secretary of Education
  • Moderator: Brittany Bull Panuccio, Former Special Counselor, U.S. Department of Education

Speakers

2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Break

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Book Signing: Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child by Hon. Betsy DeVos

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Grand Harbor Lobby
Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Featuring:

  • Hon. Betsy DeVos, Former United States Secretary of Education

Speakers

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Dessert Reception and Fireworks Viewing

Ninth Annual Florida Chapters Conference

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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