Today I will have the pleasures of speaking at The Federalist Society’s 2015 National Lawyers Convention being held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The theme for this year’s convention is: The Role of Congress. I will be on a panel entitled “Administrative Law: Agency Rule: How Congress Can Reclaim its Legislative Authority” starting at 2 pm in the State Room. I will have the honor of speaking with Hon. Tom Coburn, Former United States Senator, Oklahoma; Mr. Christopher C. DeMuth, Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute; and Prof. Michael Uhlmann, Claremont Graduate University. The panel will be moderated by the Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
The panel will be live streamed. As many of you know, my academic writings focus on the separation of powers and I have testified (here and here and here) and wrote a column on President Obama’s increasing circumvention of Congress in negating or suspending U.S. laws. I have argued that this trend (which did not start with President Obama) is dangerous for our system. For that reason, I am gratified to see the Federalist Society focusing its conference specifically on the loss of congressional power within our tripartite system of government.
This should be an interesting discussion and I look forward to hearing the remarks of my fellow panelists on different aspects of this growing crisis within our system.