The 2016 National Lawyers Convention is scheduled for Thursday, November 17 through Saturday, November 19 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The topic of this year's convention is: The Jurisprudence and Legacy of Justice Scalia.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Opening - Audio and Video Not Available
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Address: Hon. Samuel A. Alito, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Introduction: Mr. Leonard A. Leo, Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society

Showcase Panel I: Justice Scalia: Text Over Intent and the Demise of Legislative History - Audio/Video
9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Thomas W. Merrill, Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Prof. Michael S. Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Prof. Saikrishna Prakash, James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Prof. Lawrence B. Solum, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Hon. Sandra Segal Ikuta, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Litigation: How Justice Scalia's Writing Style Affected American Jurisprudence - Audio/Video
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.   
East & State Rooms

  • Prof. Brian T. Fitzpatrick, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Prof. Toni M. Massaro, Regents' Professor, Milton O. Riepe Chair in Constitutional Law and Dean Emerita, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Mr. Kannon Shanmugam, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP
  • Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Moderator: Hon. Joan L. Larsen, Michigan Supreme Court 

Corporations, Securities & Antitrust: Justice Scalia's Contributions to Antitrust Law - Audio/Video
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
East Room

  • Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Ms. Deborah A. Garza, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Prof. C. Scott Hemphill, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Intellectual Property: Courts vs. Congress: What is a Patentable Invention? - Audio/Video
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
State Room

  • Mr. David J. Kappos, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • Prof. Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law and Co-Director of Academic Programs, Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
  • Mr. Mark A. Perry, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Prof. Joshua D. Sarnoff, Professor of Law, DePaul College of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Susan G. Braden, U.S Court of Federal Claims

Labor & Employment Law: The Battle for the Gig Economy - Audio/Video
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 

  • Hon. Mark Brnovich, Attorney General, Arizona
  • Mr. Mark Floyd, Senior Director and Global Relations Lead, Uber Technologies Inc.
  • Mr. Randel K. Johnson, Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Bill Samuel, Director of Government Affairs, AFL-CIO
  • Moderator: Hon. Thomas M. Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Federalism & Separation of Powers: Justice Scalia on Federalism and Separation of Powers - Audio/Video
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. John S. Baker, Jr., Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Hon. Ron DeSantis, U.S. House of Representatives, Florida 6th District
  • Mr. Roger Pilon, Vice President, Legal Affairs, Cato Institute
  • Hon. Luther Strange III, Attorney General, Alabama
  • Prof. Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law; Director of the Environmental Law Advocacy Center; Executive Director, Project for Older Prisoners, The George Washington University Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Criminal Law: Justice Scalia and the Criminal Law - Audio/Video
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
East Room

  • Prof. Rachel E. Barkow, Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy and Faculty Director, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, New York University School of Law
  • Prof. Stephanos Bibas, Professor of Law and Criminology and Director, Supreme Court Clinic, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Prof. Orin S. Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Mr. Paul J. Larkin, Jr., Senior Legal Research Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
  • Hon. Stephen J. Markman, Michigan Supreme Court
  • Moderator: Hon. David R. Stras, Minnesota Supreme Court

Religious Liberties: Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) the Future of Religious Liberty? - Audio/Video
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
State Room

  • Dr. John C. Eastman, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service, Chapman University Fowler School of Law; Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute
  • Prof. Richard W. Garnett, Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor, Concurrent Professor of Political Science, Notre Dame Law School
  • Prof. William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Prof. Vincent Phillip Muñoz, Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life, University of Notre Dame
  • Moderator: Prof. Michael M. Uhlmann, Professor of Politics and Policy/SPE, Claremont Graduate University

Annual Dinner - Audio/Video
7:00 p.m.
Gaylord National
Maryland Ballroom
201 Waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745

  • Hon. Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court

 


 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Showcase Panel II: Rules Versus Standards in Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation - Audio/Video
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University
  • Hon. Frank Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Prof. John C. Harrison, James Madison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Prof. Victoria Nourse, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Hon. William Francis Kuntz II, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York 

Address - Audio/Video
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Nikki Haley, Governor, South Carolina

Address - Audio/Video
12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Hon. Ted Cruz, U.S. Senate, Texas

Civil Rights: The Second Amendment: Enforcing the Heller Decision - Audio/Video
12:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
East Room

  • Mr. Noel J. Francisco, Partner, Jones Day
  • Prof. Nelson Lund, University Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
  • Prof. Michael O'Shea, Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • Prof. Allan Rostron, University of Missouri - Kansas City Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Raymond M. Kethledge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Financial Services & E-Commerce: Has the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Helped Consumers? - Audio/Video
12:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
State Room

  • Mr. John A. Allison, Chairman, Executive Advisory Council, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute
  • Mr. Leonard N. Chanin, Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Mr. Deepak Gupta, Founding Principal, Gupta Wessler PLLC
  • Prof. Todd J. Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law and Executive Director, Law & Economics Center, Antonin Scalia School of Law, George Mason University
  • Moderator: Hon. Edith Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Telecommunications & Electronic Media: Justice Scalia's Telecommunications Legacy - Audio/Video
12:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Chinese Room

  • Prof. Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, Director, Classical Liberal Institute, New York University School of Law
  • Mr. Henry Goldberg, Goldberg, Godles, Wiener and Wright LLP
  • Mr. Richard E. Wiley, Chairman Emeritus, Wiley Rein LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. Don Willett, Texas Supreme Court

Free Speech & Election Law: Originalism and the First Amendment - Audio/Video
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
State Room

  • Prof. David F. Forte, Garwood Visiting Professor, Princeton University
  • Hon. Michael W. McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law, Director of the Constitutional Law Center; Stanford Law School, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute
  • Prof. David M. Rabban, Dahr Jamail, Randall Hage Jamail and Robert Lee Jamail Regents Chair; University Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Prof. Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School; former President, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Moderator: Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

International & National Security Law: Justice Scalia’s Jurisprudence and National Security - Audio/Video
3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 

  • Prof. Bradford R. Clark, William Cranch Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Ms. Elizabeth Goitein, Co-Director, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice
  • Mr. Adam Klein, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
  • Prof. Stephen I. Vladeck, Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture - Audio/Video
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Lecture: Hon. Ben Sasse, U.S. Senate, Nebraska
  • Introduction: Mr. Eugene B. Meyer, President, The Federalist Society

 


 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Showcase Panel III: Transforming Statutory Interpretation - Audio/Video    
9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. William Eskridge, Jr., John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School
  • Prof. Abbe R. Gluck, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, The Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School
  • Prof. Gary S. Lawson, Philip S. Beck Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
  • Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Hon. Diane S. Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Administrative Law & Regulation: The Evolution of Justice Scalia's Views on Administrative Law - Audio/Video
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    
State Room

  • Hon. Ronald A. Cass, President, Cass & Associates, PC and Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law
  • Hon. Paul D. Clement, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Prof. E. Donald Elliott, Senior of Counsel at Covington & Burling, Professor (Adjunct) of Law, Yale Law School
  • Prof. Lisa Heinzerling, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Mr. Eugene Scalia, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Environmental Law & Property Rights: Justice Scalia's Property Rights Jurisprudence - Audio/Video
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
East Room

  • Prof. John Echeverria, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
  • Prof. James W. Ely, Jr., Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law Emeritus, Professor of History Emeritus, Lecturer in Law, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Prof. Roderick M. Hills, Jr., William T. Comfort, III Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Hon. Adam P. Laxalt, Attorney General, Nevada
  • Prof. Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
  • Moderator: Hon. Allison H. Eid, Colorado Supreme Court

Professional Responsibility & Legal Education: Using Judicial Processes for Political Purposes - Audio/Video
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Chinese Room

  • Prof. Arthur Hellman, Professor of Law, Sally Ann Semenko Endowed Chair, University of Pittsburgh School Law
  • Hon. Patrick Morrisey, Attorney General, West Virginia
  • Prof. Patrick A. Parenteau, Senior Counsel, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
  • Ms. Kimberley A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Member, Author of The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech
  • Moderator: Hon. Steven M. Colloton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Ninth Annual Rosenkranz Debate - Audio/Video
RESOLVED: Hostile Environment Law, On and Off Campus, Often Violates the First Amendment

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

  • Prof. Deborah L. Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law; Director, Center on the Legal Profession; Director, Program in Law and Social Entrepreneurship, Stanford Law School
  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Jennifer W. Elrod, U.S Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Showcase Panel IV: ROUNDTABLE: Areas of Constitutional Doctrine Transformed - Audio/Video
2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
State Room

  • Mr. Floyd Abrams, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
  • Hon. Michael W. McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law, Director of the Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute
  • Hon. David R. Stras, Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Prof. Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School; former President, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Mr. Edward Whelan, President, Ethics & Public Policy Center
  • Moderator: Hon. Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Introduction: Hon. Lee Liberman Otis, The Federalist Society