2009 National Lawyers Convention

The Federal Government's Economic Role in our Constitutional System


Welcome and Opening Address
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Jeff Sessions, U.S. Senate

Showcase Panel I: Redistribution of Wealth
9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Visiting Professor of Law, New York University Law School
  • Mr. Steve Forbes, Chairman and CEO, Forbes Inc. and Editor, Forbes Magazine
  • Prof. Jed Rubenfeld, Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Mr. Andrew L. Stern, President, Service Employees International Union
  • Moderator: Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Criminal Law: Drug Enforcement Policy
11:30 noon – 1:45 p.m.
East Room

  • Prof. John S. Baker Jr., Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law, Louisiana State University Law Center
  • Prof. Mariano-Florentino “Tino” Cuéllar, Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Mr. Aryeh Neier, President, Open Society Institute
  • Hon. John P. Walters, Executive Vice President, Hudson Institute
  • Moderator: Hon. Robert P. Young, Jr., Michigan Supreme Court

Intellectual Property: Intellectual Property and Economic Growth
11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Chinese Room   

  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Visiting Professor of Law, New York University Law School
  • Prof. F. Scott Kieff, The George Washington University Law School
  • Prof. Michael J. Meurer, Michaels Faculty Research Scholar, Boston University School of Law
  • Mr. Daniel B. Ravicher, President and Executive Director, Public Patent Foundation
  • Moderator: Prof. Mark F. Schultz, Associate Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law

Litigation: The Future of Federal Pre-Emption
11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
State Room

  • Dr. Michael S. Greve, John G. Searle Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Prof. Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest/Public Service, The George Washington University Law School
  • Prof. Catherine M. Sharkey, New York University School of Law
  • Hon. Daniel E. Troy, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Moderator: Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Environmental Law: The Future of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
East and State Rooms  

  • Hon. Susan E. Dudley, Director, George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center
  • Mr. Michael A. Livermore, Executive Director, New York University School of Law Institute for Policy Integrity
  • Mr. Daryl L. Joseffer, Partner, King & Spalding
  • Ms. Lisa E. Heinzerling, Associate Administrator, Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Moderator: Hon. Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Professional Responsibility: The Role of Government Attorneys and the Global War on Terror
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom

  • Mr. Miguel A. Estrada, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
  • Prof. W. Bradley Wendel, Cornell University Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Diane S. Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Civil Rights: Affirmative Action in the Obama Era
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  
East Room and State Room

  • Ms. Shirley J. Wilcher, Executive Director, American Association for Affirmative Action
  • Prof. Theodore M. Shaw, Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University School of Law
  • Ms. Linda L. Chavez, Chairman, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • Hon. Peter N. Kirsanow, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Moderator: Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Federalism: Federalism and the Economic Crisis
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  
Grand Ballroom

  • Dean John C. Eastman, Dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law, Chapman University School of Law
  • Prof. Malcolm M. Feeley, Claire Sanders Clements Dean's Chair Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall
  • Prof. Roderick M. Hills, William T. Comfort, III Professor, New York University School of Law
  • Prof. Ilya Somin, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Lawyers Convention Annual Dinner (NO AUDIO OR VIDEO AVAILABLE)
7:00 p.m.    

Omni Shoreham
2500 Calvert Street, NW

  • Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court



Constitutional Interpretation & the Bill of Rights
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom

  • Presentation: Prof. Burt Neuborne, Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties, Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law 
  • Commentary: Prof. Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Showcase Panel II: Bailouts and the Government as Insurer of Last Resort
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Gray & Schmitz LLP and Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
  • Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.
  • Dr. Robert D. McTeer, Distinguished Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis
  • Hon. Steven Wallman, Chief Executive Officer, Foliofn
  • Moderator: Hon. Janice Rogers Brown, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Financial Services: Re-Privatization of the Financial Sector
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
East Room

  • Mr. John A. Allison, Chairman, BB&T Corporation and Distinguished Professor of Practice, Wake Forest University School of Business
  • Prof. William Black, Associate Professor of Economics and Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • Mr. Alex J. Pollock, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Mr. Andrew J. Redleaf, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Whitebox Advisors LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Labor: Wall Street, Labor Unions, and the Obama Administration: A New Paradigm for Capital and Labor?
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. 
Chinese Room

  • Mr. Harold Meyerson, Editor-at-Large, The American Prospect 
  • Ms. Amity Shlaes, Senior Fellow for Economic History, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Mr. Damon A. Silvers, Associate General Counsel, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • Prof. Todd J. Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Steven J. Law, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

International: International Law: Agreements Between Sovereigns or World Government?
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
State Room

  • Mr. François-Henri Briard, Supreme Court Attorney (France), Delaporte, Briard & Trichet
  • Prof. Oona A. Hathaway, Yale Law School
  • Hon. Brian H. Hook, former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
  • Prof. Jeremy A. Rabkin, George Mason University School of Law
  • Ms. Laura M. Olson, Senior Counsel, The Constitution Project
  • Moderator: Mr. Bret Stephens, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Wall Street Journal

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Hon. Michael B. Mukasey, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton and Former U.S. Attorney General

Free Speech: The Fairness Doctrine
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  
State Room

  • Prof. Thomas W. Hazlett, Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University
  • Mr. Seton Motley, Communications Director, Media Research Center
  • Prof. Jamin Ben Raskin, Director, Law and Government Program, American University Washington College of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Religious Liberties: Religious Liberty and the Limits of Government Power
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 

  • Prof. Alan E. Brownstein, Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality, University of California, Davis, School of Law
  • Prof. Ira C. “Chip” Lupu, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Hon. Michael W. McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law, Stanford Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Brett M. Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture
5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit



Showcase Panel III: Regulation of Financial Institutions
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Paul S. Atkins, Congressional Oversight Panel and Former U.S. SEC Commissioner
  • Ms. Stephanie R. Breslow, Partner, Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP
  • Dean Paul G. Mahoney, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law,  Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Hon. Annette L. Nazareth, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit  

Administrative Law: Breakdown of the Public-Private Distinction: Implications for the Administrative State
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  
Chinese Room

  • Mr. David Berenbaum, Executive Vice President, National Community Reinvestment Coalition 
  • Mr. David G. Leitch, Group Vice President and General Counsel, Ford Motor Company
  • Prof. J.W. Verret, Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Prof. David Zaring, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Moderator: Hon. Ronald A. Cass, President, Cass & Associates, PC

Corporations: Delaware's New Competition: The Creeping Federalization of American Corporate Law
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
State Room

  • Prof. Stephen M. Bainbridge, William D. Warren Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Mr. Cornish F. Hitchcock, Hitchcock Law Firm PLLC
  • Mr. David A. Katz, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Prof. Roberta Romano, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Professor of Law and Director, Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Thomas M. Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit  

Telecommunications: Broadband Policy -- One Year In
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
East Room 

  • Prof. Marvin Ammori, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law 
  • Hon. Robert M. McDowell, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • Hon. David M. McIntosh, Partner, Mayer Brown Row & Maw, LLP
  • Hon. Kyle E. McSlarrow, President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association 
  • Prof. Gigi B. Sohn, President and Founder, Public Knowledge
  • Moderator: Hon. Jennifer W. Elrod, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Second Annual Rosenkranz Debate and Luncheon: Statutory Interpretation
RESOLVED: The United States Constitution Requires Federal Courts to Interpret Statutes as Honest Agents of the Enacting Congress
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Moderator: Prof. John F. Manning, Bruce Bromley Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Showcase Panel IV: Control of the Bureaucracy
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.  
State Room

  • Prof. Geoffrey P. Miller, Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law, Director, Center for the Study of Central Banks and Financial Institutions, New York University School of Law
  • Hon. Harvey L. Pitt, Chief Executive Officer, Management, Kalorama Partners, LLC
  • Hon. Steven Wallman, Chief Executive Officer, Foliofn
  • Moderator: Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
State Room

  • Mr. Mark R. Levin, President, Landmark Legal Foundation and Author of Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto