This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Federalist Society and on November 15-17 we will be celebrating this milestone during our Annual National Lawyers Convention.  The theme for this year's convention is "Shining City Upon a Hill: American Exceptionalism."  In addition to the numerous panels containing noted legal experts and scholars from across the political spectrum, The convention will also feature the Seventh Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Chief Justice John Roberts. The highlight of the convention will be the 25th Anniversary Gala, attended by many more special guests, which will be held in the Main Hall of Washington, DC's Union Station.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Welcome and Opening Address - Audio/Video

  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union

9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
 

Showcase Panel I: Beacon of Freedom: Does America Have a Special Mission? - Audio/Video

  • Mr. Michael Barone, U.S. News and World Report 
  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. Charles Fried, Harvard Law School
  • Prof. Gordon S. Wood, Brown University
  • Moderator: Hon. James Harvie Wilkinson, III, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Address & Book Signing - Audio/Video

  • Hon. Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court and Author, My Grandfather's Son

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
East Room

Criminal Law: The Independence of Federal Prosecutors - Audio/video

  • Hon. Bob Barr, President and CEO, Liberty Strategies LLC, and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia
  • Hon. Jamie Gorelick, Wilmer Hale, and former Deputy U.S. Attorney General
  • Mr. Andrew C. McCarthy, The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
  • Prof. John C. Yoo, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Merrick B. Garland, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
State Room
 

Religious Liberties: The Role of Religion in Public Debate - Audio

  • Prof. Robert Audi, University of Notre Dame
  • Prof. R. Kent Greenawalt, Columbia University School of Law
  • Hon. Michael W. McConnell, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Dr. James W. Skillen, Center for Public Justice
  • Moderator: Hon. Diane S. Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
State Room

Corporations: Is the U.S. Legal Regime Undermining American Competitiveness? - Audio/Video

  • Hon. David D. Aufhauser, UBS Global General Counsel and Former General Counsel, Department of the Treasury 
  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. Douglas W. Kmiec, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Hon. George J. Terwilliger, III, White & Case LLP, and former Deputy U.S. Attorney General
  • Moderator: Mr. François-Henri Briard, Delaporte, Briard & Trichet and President, The Federalist Society, Paris Chapter

2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Federalism: Religion, Early America and the Fourteenth Amendment - Audio/Video

  • Dean John C. Eastman, Chapman University School of Law
  • Prof. Philip A. Hamburger, Columbia University School of Law
  • Prof. Marci A. Hamilton, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

6:30 p.m.
Union Station Main Hall
50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.

Address - Audio/Video

  • Hon. George W. Bush, President of the United States

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Gala - Audio/Video

  • Hon. E. Spencer Abraham, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Co-Founder, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court
  • Prof. Steven G. Calabresi, Northwestern University School of Law and Chairman, The Federalist Society Board of Directors
  • Mr. Leonard A. Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society
  • Hon. David M. McIntosh, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP and Vice Chairman, Federalist Society Board of Directors
  • Hon. Edwin Meese III, Heritage Foundation
  • Mr. Eugene B. Meyer, President, The Federalist Society
  • Hon. Theodore B. Olson, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
  • Hon. Lee Liberman Otis, Senior Vice President and Faculty Director, The Federalist Society
  • Hon. Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Hon. Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court

25th Anniversary Tribute Video

 

 


 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
East Room

Labor: The Labor Movement, NGOs, International Labor Standards and American Values - Audio/Video

  • Prof. Samuel Estreicher, New York University School of Law
  • Mr. Adam B. Greene, U.S. Council for International Business
  • Ms. Deborah Greenfield, Associate General Counsel, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Litigation & Professional Responsibility: Is Overlawyering Overtaking Democracy? - Audio/Video

  • Prof. Theodore Eisenberg, Cornell Law School
  • Mr. Walter K. Olson, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
  • Mr. Victor E. Schwartz, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  • Prof. David C. Vladeck, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Dean David M. Schizer, Columbia University School of Law

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
 

Address - Audio/Video

  • Hon. Mitch McConnell, United States Senator, Kentucky

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
East Room

Environmental Law: Property Rights in the United States - Audio/Video

  • Hon. Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Moderator: Mr. James S. Burling, Pacific Legal Foundation

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Free Speech & Election Law: Restricting Parental Speech - Audio/Video

  • Prof. James G. Dwyer, College of William & Mary School of Law
  • Dr. Jay Alan Sekulow, American Center for Law & Justice
  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Michael W. McConnell, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Administrative Law: Immigration, Amnesty, and the Rule of Law - Audio/Video

  • Dean T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Georgetown University Law Center 
  • Prof. John Baker, Louisiana State University
  • Prof. Kris W. Kobach, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • Prof. Gerald L. Newman, Harvard Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
East Room

Telecommunications: The Regulatory State and American Technology - Audio/Video

  • Amb. David A. Gross, U.S. Department of State
  • Mr. Roy E. Hoffinger, Qualcomm, Inc.
  • Hon. James C. Miller, III, formerly of the U.S. Office of Management & Budget
  • Hon. Robert M. McDowell, U.S. Federal Communications Commission
  • Moderator: Hon. Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
 

Address - Audio/Video

  • Hon. Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor, New York City

3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Showcase Panel II: Is America Different from Other Major Western Democracies? - Audio/Video

  • Prof. Randy E. Barnett, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. James Lindgren, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Mr. Bruce Stokes, National Journal
  • Prof. Graham K. Wilson, Boston University
  • Moderator: Hon. Ronald A. Cass, President, Cass & Associates, PC and Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law

5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture - Audio/Video

  • Hon. John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States

 


 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Showcase Panel III: The Constitution & American Exceptionalism: Citation of Foreign Law - Audio/Video

  • Prof. Akhil Reed Amar, Yale Law School
  • Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Prof. Vicki C. Jackson, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Hon. Janice Rogers Brown, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
East Room

Civil Rights: Amending State & Federal Constitutions to Prohibit Sex Discrimination - Audio/Video

  • Prof. Martha F. Davis, Northeastern University School of Law
  • Prof. Gail Heriot, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Mrs. Phyllis M. Schlafly, Eagle Forum
  • Moderator: Hon. Jerry E. Smith, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
State Room

Financial Services: Borrowing in America: Home Mortgages, Foreclosures and Predatory Lending - Audio/Video

  • Ms. Anne Canfield, Executive Director, Consumer Mortgage Coalition
  • Mr. Allen Fishbein, Consumer Federation of America 
  • Mr. Alex J. Pollock, Resident Fellow, The American Enterprise Institute
  • Mrs. Montrice Yakimov, Office of Thrift Supervision
  • Moderator: Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Chinese Room

Intellectual Property: Intellectual Property: American Exceptionalism or International Harmonization? - Audio

  • Prof. Shubha Ghosh, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Prof. F. Scott Kieff, Washington University in St. Louis 
  • Prof. Adam Mossoff, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Prof. Steven M. Tepp, Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Moderator: Hon. Brett Kavanaugh, U. S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
 

Annual Convention Luncheon: The Conservative and Libertarian Legal Movement: A 25 Year Retrospective - Audio/Video

  • Opening Remarks: Hon. E. Spencer Abraham, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Co-Founder, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
     
  • Mr. Manuel S. Klausner, Reason Foundation
  • Hon. Edwin Meese III, Heritage Foundation
  • Moderator: Mr. Alfred Regnery, The American Spectator

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
East & State Rooms

Showcase Panel IV: American Exceptionalism, the War on Terror and the Rule of Law in the Islamic World - Audio/Video

  • Prof. Neal K. Katyal, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. Michael S. Paulsen, University of Saint Thomas School of Law
  • Mr. David B. Rivkin, Jr., Baker & Hostetler
  • Prof. Nadine Strossen, New York Law School
  • Moderator: Prof. Steven G. Calabresi, Northwestern University School of Law and Chairman, The Federalist Society Board of Directors