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Friday Mar 27

2015 Conservative Leadership Conference

Location: Cary, NC
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM

Host: Civitas Institute

CLC attendees will have access to the most renowned political minds in the country, hear from Presidential hopefuls, talk with dynamic speakers, network and share knowledge with like-minded patriots, help create the next wave of conservative though and inspiration.

Friday Mar 27

Liberty Luncheon: Is Common Core Constitutional

Location: Jackson, MS
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Host: Federal Society

Join the Mississippi Center for Public Policy and the Federalist Society on March 27 at the Capital Club at 11:30 a.m. as John Sauer, explains the constitutional and legal questions that continue to plague Common Core. Sauer is a Harvard Law graduate, Rhodes Scholar, and an experienced trial attorney. He is lead counsel in Sauer v. Nixon, a case that exposes the illegal implementation of Common Core. The case has already been heard by a Missouri court. The court found that the multi-state "Smarter Balanced" testing consortium being used to implement Common Core is "an unlawful interstate compact to which the U.S. Congress has never consented, whose existence and operation violate the Compact Clause of the U.S. Constitution."

Whether you believe Common Core is a tool to lift students to higher educational levels or an unconstitutional overreach of the federal government, we hope you will join us for this presentation of Mr. Sauer's on-the-ground experience with this controversial national topic.

Friday Mar 27

March Calabash: The Man who Predicted the Crash

Location: Honolulu, HI
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Time: 2:30 PM

Host: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Dr. Mark Thronton, a Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute, predicted the dot-com crash of 2001, and also predicted the housing crash of 2008. Now he's coming to Hawaii to show how anyone can predict the next crash.

Is there a boom in our future, or a bust? And could there be an even bigger crash in our future?

Friday Mar 27

New Incentives From Federal Transportation Funding

Location: Rayburn House Office Building
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: CATO

The law authorizing federal highway and transit programs expires on May 31, and Congress is currently debating where the money will come from for a new transportation bill and where it should be spent. But a third question is even more important: what are the incentives created by federal transportation spending and how can they be improved to provide Americans with faster, cleaner, and safer transportation? Randal O'Toole will describe the perverse incentives that currently govern federal transit programs; Baruch Feigenbaum will discuss federal policies that make infrastructure unnecessarily expensive; and Marc Scribner will explore other incentives created by federal regulation and ask, "Is there a future for federal transportation policy?"

Friday Mar 27

The New NLRB Representation Case Rule

Location: Federalist Society Teleforum Conference Call
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 2:00 PM

Host: Federalist Society

On December 15, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board published a final rule amending its representation case procedures, which will become effective on April 14, 2015. According to the Board, the final rule retains the essentials of existing representation case procedures but removes "unnecessary barriers to the fair and expeditious resolution of representation cases." Among other things, the rule shortens the election process to as few as 14 days from the current median time of 38 days, requires employers to give unions employees' personal telephone numbers and email addresses, and makes post-election appeals discretionary with the Board rather than as of right.

The final rule has been challenged in lawsuits brought by employer associations in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and Western District of Texas. The complaints allege that the rule will restrict communication between employers and employees before an election, depriving employers of due process and speech rights and employees of information needed to decide intelligently how to vote.

The final rule and the legal challenges will be discussed in this Teleforum.

Friday Mar 27

The Next Generation of Discovery: Research and Policy Change Inspired by Ronald Coase

Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Building
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 3:30 PM

Host: The Ronald Coase Institute and CIPE

Join us at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in downtown Washington, DC, on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 for a celebration of the life and work of Ronald Coase, his insights into the conduct of economic research, and lessons for institutional reform. Coase challenged scholars and policy practitioners to examine real-world institutions, analyze alternative courses of action, and change the way we think about problems.

Speakers will include Nobel laureates Kenneth Arrow and Oliver Williamson, Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen, distinguished senior scholars and practitioners, and young alumni of the Ronald Coase Institute.

They will discuss the impact of Coasean research on policies and development, share field insights from China and other countries, and chart future directions for innovative, influential research.

Please register if you plan to attend.

Friday Mar 27

The Roots of American Conservatism- and Its Future

Location: Sheraton Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM

Host: Philadelphia Society

Keynote speakers at this meeting include Alfred Regnery (Chairman, Intercollegiate Studies Institute), and Roger Kimball (Editor and Publisher, The New Criterion Publisher, Encounter Books).

Friday Mar 27

Treaties and National Sovereignty Conference

Location: George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 2:00 PM

Host: The Federalist Society

Ever since the Founding, the power of the United States to enter into treaties has been viewed as central to the then-newly-created nation's ability to exercise sovereign power. But treaties confer both mutual rights and mutual obligations on their signatories. Therefore when nations, including the United States, enter into treaties, they arguably both advance and limit their ability to pursue their own objectives.

Several developments over the past few decades invite serious reflection about how the United States should think about this tradeoff. For one thing, treaties increasingly extend beyond customary areas of cooperation among nations to create obligations on the part of countries with respect to how they treat their own citizens. For another, many international law advocates, and some courts, increasingly argue that human rights and other treaty obligations, typically the product of multilateral conventions, are a new form of positive law enforceable by domestic courts and/or international bodies -- irrespective of whether they have been implemented by nation state legislation, of whether the state has placed reservations intended to condition its consent, or even of whether a nation is actually a signatory.

Proponents argue that these developments represent progress, as they extend core human rights commitments more broadly and provide enforcement mechanisms short of war where countries' own enforcement mechanisms are inadequate. Skeptics counter that these commitments can only be effectively protected by nation-states accountable to their own citizens, and that these shifts in treaty jurisprudence exacerbate the danger, inherent in any treaty, that countries that believe more strongly in the rule of law will find themselves, as a practical matter, giving up more sovereignty than other states or than a clear assessment of their national interests would warrant.

The conference will consider both of these perspectives. It will start with the recognition that there are certain supra-national norms that ought in some fashion to guide the conduct of nations. This recognition has a long and distinguished pedigree, and it has long been one of the lodestars of the United States' involvement in the international arena. At the same time, it will recognize the very serious risks that pursuit of likely institutional implementation of this goal poses to the sound conduct of foreign policy and other instruments of our national sovereignty. Participants will discuss how to think about the treaty power in light of these competing considerations.

Friday Mar 27

Young America’s Foundation’s New England Freedom Conference

Location: Radisson Hotel Nashua
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM

Host: Young America's Foundation

YAF is coming to New England for high schoolers and college students. At this conference you will hear from leading conservative speakers about why freedom must be protected and expanded; explore ways to effectively push back against leftist, big government threats to your freedoms; be inspired by the hope that lies in American values, free enterprise, and the Constitution; network with your peers from across the country; leave with the best writing and resources to help you get organized on campus; arm yourself with the facts and arguments necessary to make the case for freedom on your campus.

Monday Mar 30

Living Life to Its Fullest: Supporting the Sick and Elderly in their Most Vulnerable Hours

Location: The Heritage Foundation
Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

In recent months, heartbreaking stories of Americans struggling with devastating diagnoses have captured our empathy. In response, activists are using these stories to advance legislation that has otherwise been rejected by the people. At least 13 states across the country are considering legislation that would legalize physician-assisted suicide. But legalizing physician-assisted suicide would be a grave mistake. The merciful thing would be to expect doctors to do no harm and ease the pain of those who suffer and support families and ministries in providing that care.

Join us as an expert panel explores the medical, policy, and frontline aspects of this debate that leaves no family unaffected.

Monday Mar 30

The Comparative Political Economy of a Crisis

Location: The John Locke Foundation, NC
Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: John Locke Foundation

During times of economic crises, the public policy response is to abandon basic economic thinking and engage in 'emergency economic' thinking. Professor Boettke argues that basic economic reasoning can help highlight the anatomy of the 2008 financial crisis in the United States and thereby challenge the position that the free market is to blame for the economic recession. He also provides theoretical and practical reasons for economists and policy makers to never abandon the principles of basic economic reasoning even in the most extraordinary of circumstances.

Tuesday Mar 31

A Conversation with Vicente Fox

Location: The Heritage Foundation
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM

Elected President of Mexico in 2000, Vicente Fox ended leftist rule that dominated the nation's politics for seven decades. His administration implemented sound economic and fiscal policies that helped stabilize the Mexican national economy and paved the way for its current successes.

President Fox will join us for a discussion on hemispheric issues including Mexico's energy revolution, the continuing crisis in Venezuela, and the upcoming Summit of the Americas. His commentary will provide an important and critical perspective on what can be expected in Latin America moving forward.

Tuesday Mar 31

Does Antitrust Trump State Regulation? - The Supreme Court's North Carolina Dental Decision

Location: The Heritage Foundation
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

In its February 25 North Carolina Dental v. Federal Trade Commission decision, the Supreme Court held that a state regulatory board that is controlled by market participants in the industry being regulated cannot invoke "state action" antitrust immunity unless it is "actively supervised" by the state. Will this decision discourage harmful protectionist regulation, such as the prohibition on tooth whitening by non-dentists at issue in this case? Will it also interfere with the ability of states to shape their regulatory programs as they see fit? A U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner and two expert commentators will address this important set of questions.

Tuesday Mar 31

The Future of Innovation: A Conversation Between Tyler Cowen and Peter Thiel

Location: George Mason University, Arlington, VA
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM

Host: Mercatus Center

This is the inaugural event of the Mercatus Center's newly established Conversations with Tyler event series.

Peter Thiel and Tyler Cowen, both New York Times bestsellingauthors, are among today's top global thought leaders and influentialinnovators. Join us as these two engage in a serious dialogue on theideas and policies that will shape the future of innovation and progressin the coming years and decades.

Peter Thiel is among the mostimpressive innovators of the past two decades. As co-founder of Paypaland seed-funder for Facebook, Thiel has been instrumental in theconception and growth of some of today's most entrepreneurial andinnovative companies. In his latest best-selling book, Zero to One,Thiel explains how to build a better future by capitalizing oninnovation. A staunch optimist, he maintains that progress can beachieved anywhere the human mind is able to think creatively. Thieldescribes how entrepreneurial thinking leads to innovation, which buildssomething new and moves the mark from zero to one.

Wednesday Apr 01

Are International Human Rights U.S. Law?

Location: Federalist Society Chicago Student Chapter
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Host: Federalist Society

Join David Moore for a Federalist Society discussion on international human rights and their relationship with U.S. law.

More on this event to come at fed-soc.org.

Wednesday Apr 01

Citizenship Award Dinner

Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM

Host: Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

We're bringing back Charles Krauthammer as the 2015 Citizenship Dinner Speaker! In addition to hearing from the always-entertaining Dr. Krauthammer, we will honor Bill and Mary Braum as our 2015 award recipients.

Wednesday Apr 01

Regulatory Humility in Practice: Remarks by FTC Comissioner Maureen Ohlhausen

Location: AEI
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Host: AEI

Maureen Ohlhausen, a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, has called for regulatory humility, but what does that mean in practice for issues such as online privacy, the Internet of Things, and net neutrality regulation? During this AEI event, Ohlhausen will outline a step-by-step approach for putting the principles of regulatory humility into action and will identify high and low watermarks for the commission's adherence to this approach.

Wednesday Apr 01

Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America

Location: TBA, Columbia, SC
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Time: 2:00 PM

Host: Federalist Society

Join Professor Michael Heise at a Federalist Society event focused on Catholic Schools and their role in the urban education system.

More information on fed-soc.org.

Thursday Apr 02

Drinks at Your Fingertips: Klink & Regulatory Hurdles to Alcohol Delivery

Location: CATO
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: CATO

What if, instead of heading down to your local liquor store, the next time you found yourself craving an alcoholic beverage, you could simply pull out your smart phone, place an order, and a short while later, get your drinks, all without leaving your home? That's the concept behind Klink, an alcohol delivery app that brings the user-friendly connectivity of the sharing economy to one of the most heavily regulated industries in the nation.

Join the Cato Institute for a lunchtime discussion of the role Klink is playing in the sharing economy, the tough regulatory landscape it must navigate, and what the app means for the future of alcohol delivery.

Friday Apr 03

Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series with Glenn Greenwald

Location: Omni Madalay Hotel, Irving TX
Date: Friday, April 3, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: National Center for Policy Analysis

The NCPA and the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation are proud to host journalist, lawyer and author Glenn Greenwald for a luncheon on Friday, April 3rd, at the Omni Mandalay in Irving, Texas.

When National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden wanted to alert the world to the astonishing degree of surveillance by the government, he sought out Glenn Greenwald. Snowden waited months before entrusting the evidence to him, only after Greenwald agreed to security precautions and encrypted his computer. Greenwald's most recent book — No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State — depicts his 11-day interview with Snowden in Hong Kong, where the former contractor had fled from the United States. During that interview, Snowden revealed to Greenwald the extent of the NSA's vast surveillance system and the extraordinary spying tactics of the American government.

The release of the Snowden files sparked a nationwide debate over the proper line between national security and individual liberty and privacy. Greenwald will tell the audience what led to Snowden downloading massive amounts of classified documents and ultimately sharing those files with Greenwald and the world. He will address Snowden's plan for sharing these documents — and what might be the next step in this ongoing situation.

Whether you are in favor of America's surveillance programs or concerned about government intrusion into individuals' privacy, this NCPA luncheon will provide you with a fascinating and firsthand look at one of the most controversial episodes in recent history — one which will undoubtedly remain at the forefront of the American policy debate.


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