Flashback to 2009 Federalist Society Lawyer’s Convention Live Blog Day #1

November 14th, 2016

This blog launched on September 27, 2009, originally at JoshBlogs.wordpress.com. Somehow, I convinced the Federalist Society to designate me as the official live-blogger of the 2009 Federalist Society Lawyer’s Convention. In exchange for the blogging, I managed to snag a free registration–very much appreciated when I was still on a law clerk’s salary. Today FedSoc has a sophisticated social media operation. Back in 2009, they didn’t even have a designated hashtag for the event (I think I was the first person who proposed it in 2010).

It was at this convention that the so-called Mayflower Compact occurred, where Randy Barnett, Todd Gaziano, and others hatched the legal arguments to challenge Obamacare’s individual mandate. As I was witnessing history, I was also recording it with a series of videos and blog posts. My production quality was low, but my potential was high.


Welcome and Opening Address, Senator Sessions



Showcase Panel I: Redistribution of Wealth

Thursday, Nov. 12
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





Litigation: The Future of Federal Pre-Emption

Thursday, Nov. 12
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

I even managed to interview SCOTUS-short-lister Bill Pryor (even then he was screaming Roll Tide):





Criminal Law: Drug Enforcement Policy

Thursday, Nov. 12
11:30 a.m. – 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


Professional Responsibility: The Role of Government Attorneys and the Global War on Terror


Thursday, Nov. 12
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



Intellectual Property: Intellectual Property and Economic Growth

Thursday, Nov. 12
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



Environmental Law: The Future of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy

Thursday, Nov. 12
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, Senior Policy Counsel, Office of the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
– Moderator: Hon. Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Interview with Roger Pilon

I interviewed Roger, who thought the biggest case of the upcoming term was McDonald v. Chicago. I managed to plug my then-forthcoming article with Ilya Shapiro in the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy.

Interview with Ilya Somin

Only a few months after I graduated from the George Mason School of Law, I managed to interview my former Property Professor about all things, including baseball.

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




Civil Rights: Affirmative Action in the Obama Era

Thursday, Nov. 12
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