The 2017 National Lawyers Convention is scheduled for Thursday, November 16 through Saturday, November 18 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The topic of this year's convention is: Administrative Agencies and the Regulatory State. More information will be posted soon!

Convention Schedule

Convention Fees & Member Discount

Lodging Information

2017 Lawyers Convention Annual Dinner


Neil Gorsuch
The Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch
United States Supreme Court

Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00 p.m.
(ticketed event) BLACK TIE OPTIONAL

Seventeenth Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture


Donald McGahn
Mr. Donald McGahn
White House Counsel

(ticketed event)
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Friday, November 17, 2017
5:00 p.m.

Address By

    Jeff Sessions
The Honorable Jeff Sessions
Attorney General of the United States

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Friday, November 17, 2017
2:15 p.m.

Tenth Annual Rosenkranz Debate

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Saturday, November 18, 2017
12:30 p.m.

Showcase Sessions Discussing the Convention Theme: 
“Administrative Agencies and the Regulatory State” 

  • Administrative Agencies and the Federal Judiciary
  • Congress and the Administrative State
  • The Executive Branch and the Regulatory State
  • Administrative Agencies and the Separation of Powers

Practice Group Breakout Sessions

  • Is Everyone Now for Federalism?
  • Conservative Public-Interest Litigation in the Modern Era
  • The Future of Antitrust: Is the Consumer Welfare Standard Still Up to the Task or Is It Time for a 'Better Deal'?
  • Has the Administrative State Usurped the Role of Federal Courts in Innovation Disputes?
  • Labor Law: A View from the Top: DOL, EEOC, and NLRB
  • What Should be Done to Address Rising Crime Rates?
  • The Administrative State and Religious Freedom
  • The Regulatory State of the Internet
  • Race and Sex: Prime Movers of the Expansion of the Administrative State?
  • Financial Regulation: The Apotheosis of the Administrative State
  • The Future of Libel Law
  • Comparative Counterterrorism Surveillance and Cooperation
  • The Administrative State and Its Malcontents
  • Environmental Law Without Congress: Are Alternatives to Legislation Eclipsing the Congressional Role?
  • Using the Licensing Power of the Administrative State: Model Rule 8.4(g)


  • Hon. R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary, United States Department of Labor

  • Prof. Jonathan H. Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

  • Dr. John S. Baker, Jr., Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

  • Prof. Aditya Bamzai, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

  • Prof. Rachel E. Barkow, Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy; Faculty Director, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, New York University School of Law

  • Ms. Paulette Brown, Partner, Locke Lord LLP; Immediate Past President, American Bar Association

  • Prof. Steven G. Calabresi, Clayton J. and Henry R. Barber Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

  • Hon. Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

  • Ms. Heather Childs, Vice President & Compliance Counsel, Capital One

  • Prof. Daniel Crane, Frederick Paul Furth Sr. Professor of Law, The University of Michigan Law School

  • Prof. Gregory Dolin, Co-director of the Center for Medicine and Law, University of Baltimore School of Law

  • Prof. Susan Dudley, Director, Regulatory Studies Center & Distinguished Professor of Practice, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration, George Washington University

  • Prof. John F. Duffy, Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

  • Prof. John Eastman, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law and Community Service; Director, Center for Jurisprudence, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Chapman University School of Law

  • Mr. Theodore H. Frank, Senior Attorney, Director of the Center for Class Action Fairness, Competitive Enterprise Institute

  • Ms. Deborah A. Garza, Partner, Covington & Burling

  • Mr. Nicholas C. Geale, Acting Solicitor of Labor; Chief of Staff, Secretary of Department of Labor

  • Mr. Adam Gelb, Director, Public Safety Performance Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts

  • Dean Heather K. Gerken, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School

  • Mr. Stephen Gillers, Elihu Root Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Founding Partner, Boyden Gray & Associates

  • Prof. Michael S. Greve, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

  • Prof. Philip Hamburger, Maurice & Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

  • Mr. Robert Hannigan, Former Director, Government Communications Headquarters, United Kingdom

  • Dr. August Hanning, Former State Secretary, The Federal Interior Ministry, Federal Republic of Germany

  • Prof. John Harrison, James Madison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

  • Prof. Lisa Heinzerling, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law, Georgetown University

  • Prof. Gail Heriot, Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law

  • Mr. Jonathan S. Kanter, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

  • Mr. Peter Kirsanow, Partner, Benesch Attorneys at Law

  • Prof. Donald J. Kochan, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Chapman University School of Law

  • Prof. Gary Lawson, Philip S. Beck Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law

  • Dr. Roslyn Layton, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

  • Mr. Paul Alan Levy, Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group

  • Hon. Victoria A. Lipnic, Acting Chair, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Ms. Libby Locke, Partner, Clare Locke LLC

  • Prof. Jennifer L. Mascott, Assistant Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

  • Prof. Michael McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law, Director of the Constitutional Law Center; Stanford Law School; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute

  • Prof. John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

  • Prof. R. Shep Melnick, O'Neill Professor, Boston College, Department of Political Science

  • Prof. Gillian Metzger, Stanley H. Fuld Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

  • Hon. Philip A. Miscimarra, Chairman, National Labor Relations Board

  • Hon. Michael Mukasey, Of Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton

  • Hon. Ken Paxton, State Attorney General of Texas

  • Prof. Robert V. Percival, Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law Program, University of Maryland School of Law

  • Prof. Arti K. Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

  • Ms. Neomi Rao, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, The Office of Management and Budget

  • Prof. Susan Rose-Ackerman, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School

  • Prof. Ronald D. Rotunda, Professor, Doy and Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Chapman University

  • Mr. Jonathan B. Sallet, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

  • Mr. Christopher J. Scalia, Author, Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived

  • Prof. Hal S. Scott, Nomura Professor of International Financial Systems and Director, Program on International Financial Systems, Harvard Law School

  • Prof. Ted Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law & Director of the Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina School of Law

  • Prof. Rodney A. Smolla, Dean and Professor of Law, Widener University Delaware School of Law

  • Prof. Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School George Mason University

  • Mr. Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom

  • Mr. Robert Greene Sterne, Director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC

  • Prof. Peter Strauss, Betts Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

  • Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

  • Mr. Stuart S. Taylor Jr., Contributing Editor, National Journal

  • Mr. George J. Terwilliger III, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

  • Mrs. Kate Comerford Todd, Former Senior Vice President & Chief Counsel, United States Chamber Litigation Center

  • 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

  • Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, Fellow, Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation, The Brookings Institution

  • Prof. Michael P. Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law Director, Climate Change Research Network Co-director, Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, Vanderbilt Law School

  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Los Angeles School of Law

  • Prof. Chris Walker, Associate Professor of Law, Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

  • Mr. Peter J. Wallison, Senior Fellow, Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

  • Mr. M. Edward Whelan III, President, Ethics and Public Policy Center and Author, Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived

  • Prof. Keith Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University

  • Prof. Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr., Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School


Up to 20 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits have been requested, including ethics credits. Direct all CLE inquiries to the Federalist Society’s national office – (202) 822-8138 or email


The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Reservations Toll Free: 877-212-5752
Reservations Local Phone: (202) 347-3000
Reserve your room online!

Reserve early! Washington, D.C. hotels are becoming booked very quickly for the fall convention season. To reserve overnight accommodations for the Convention, please contact The Mayflower directly or reserve your room online.

Inquire about the special rate of $270 per night offered to Federalist Society Convention registrants. Registrants must secure hotel rooms no later than October 23 (unless rooms sellout sooner) in order to receive the discounted rate. Specify “Federalist Society” when contacting the Mayflower. If the Mayflower is booked and you cannot secure a room, contact the Society at (202) 822-8138 for assistance.

Reserve your room online!

Convention Fees:

Private Sector
Active Member
Private Sector
Active Member

*All inclusive package plan: includes all sessions, CLE, lunches and social events.

  Individual Day**
Non-Member $250 per day
Active Member $200 per day
Student Non-Member $60 per day
Student Active Member                                                 $50 per day

**Individual day purchase includes that day’s sessions, CLE and lunch.  It does not include social events.

Social Events  
Annual Dinner
Annual Dinner
Active Member
Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture & Reception
Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture & Reception         
Active Member

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