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FedSoc 2012 Student Symposium Now Open for Registration


by Publius,
Posted November 25, 2011, 1:57 PM

Registration for The Federalist Society's 2012 Student Symposium is now open.  The conference will be held at Stanford Law School on March 2nd and 3rd.  The theme is “Bureaucracy Unbound: Can Limited Government and the Administrative State Co-Exist?”  For more information, including regarding lodging how to register, click here.

Below is the current line-up:


1:00–4:30 p.m.: Registration
Hoover Lawn

6:45 p.m.: Introductory Remarks
Cemex Auditorium

7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.: Panel 1: The Rule of Law and the Administrative State
Cemex Auditorium

The rule of law, whatever that term describes, is one of the central concepts in Anglo-American jurisprudence. Does the administrative state, either in its operation or in the legal moves necessary for its validation, undermine or support the rule of law? Does modern governmental administration, and modern conditions of life, require some redefinition of the rule of law? Is there a relationship between the rule of law and the separation of powers, and if so, how does the administrative state affect that relationship? This panel, in short, will explore how the administrative state relates to fundamental jurisprudential principles.

David Barron, Harvard Law School
Richard Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
Peter Shane, The Ohio State University Law School

Judge Carlos Bea, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

9:00 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
Rehnquist Courtyard


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Continental Breakfast
Cemex Lawn

9:00 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.: Panel 2: Balancing Checks and Efficiency: Gridlock, Organized Interests, and Regulatory Capture

The administrative state is often defended as a necessary response to modern conditions that make governance through ordinary legislation virtually impossible. Is the administrative process in fact more efficient than legislation (and what is meant in this context by “efficient”)? Do any benefits from the administrative process come at the expense of other values? If the legislative process is subject to gridlock, is gridlock all bad? If capture or influence by interest groups is a problem, is it likely to be a worse problem in agency or legislative settings?

Does congressional abdication contribute to bureaucratic sclerosis, which makes it difficult to start and maintain businesses? Finally, what role do the Court's doctrines play at the intersection of these questions? Is Chevron deference to agencies good? Does the president's control make the administrative state better or worse? Do the Court's doctrines in Bowsher and Chadha give agencies too much power?

David Engstrom, Stanford Law School
C. Boyden Gray, Former White House Counsel
Lisa Heinzerling, Georgetown University School of Law
Michael W. McConnell, Stanford Law School

Dean Larry Kramer, Stanford Law School

11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.: Panel 3: Czars, Libya, and Recent Developments: Perspectives on Executive Power

This panel will address the role of Executive branch officials in making high-level policy decisions, and their relationship to Congress. This is particularly relevant in the context of two recent debates: can the President ignore congressional attempts to strip funding from high-level officials who are not confirmed by the Senate? Is the Obama administration’s use of “czars” constitutional? Moreover, what is the power of the Executive branch to start a war without any authorization from Congress?

Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, Stanford Law School
John Harrison, University of Virginia Law School
Sandy Levinson, University of Texas Law School
John Yoo, Berkeley Law School

Judge Thomas Griffith, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.: Lunch
Cemex Lawn

2:30 p.m. -3:45 p.m.: Debate: The Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act
Cemex Auditorium

This debate will focus on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. While specific attention will be given to administrative law issues, including the constitutionality of giving out compliance waivers and of medical expert boards, the discussion will be free-ranging and address all constitutional questions of interest.

Randy Barnett, Georgetown University School of Law
Pamela Karlan, Stanford Law School
Judge Sandra Ikuta, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.: Panel 4: Technology and Regulation
Cemex Auditorium

Being in Silicon Valley, Stanford is known for its strong focus on intellectual property law and technology more broadly. This panel seeks to ask: what is the relationship between technology and the administrative state? Does technological progress require regulatory guidance? This panel will also consider to what degree development in technology in recent years has been slower than anticipated and whether the administrative state has been an asset or a hindrance to the effective utilization of technology.

Anthony Falzone, Stanford Center for Internet and Society
Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School
Peter Thiel, President, Clarium Capital
Ted Ullyot, General Counsel, Facebook


6:00-7:00 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation

7:00-10:00 p.m.: Banquet
Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation

Keynote Address: To Be Announced




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