April 17, 2018

9:00am EDT


The Deregulatory Landscape



The Sixth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. and will examine the increase in federal regulatory activity and the legal and practical considerations of regulatory reform. This daylong conference will feature plenary panels, addresses, and breakout panels.

Click on the link at the top of the page to register for the Sixth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference.



The Honorable Neomi Rao
Office of Information and Regulatory Reform

Opening Address

9:00 a.m.


The Honorable Ben Sasse
United States Senate, Nebraska

Closing Address

4:00 p.m.


Opening Address

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
East and State Rooms
  • Hon. Neomi Rao, Administrator, Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs

Plenary Panel

The Deregulatory Landscape
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
East Room
  • Hon. W. Neil Eggleston, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Mr. Todd Gaziano, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Law & Executive Director, Pacific Legal Foundation
  • Prof. Philip A. Hamburger, Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • 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
  • Moderator: Hon. Greg Katsas, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Breakout Panels

The Mechanics of Regulatory Reform
10:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
District Room
  • Ms. Ilona Cohen, Chief Legal Officer, Aledade, Inc.
  • Dr. Steven P. Croley, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Mr. Jeffrey M. Harris, Associate Administrator, Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs
  • Hon. Jeffrey A. Rosen, Deputy Secretary, Department of Transportation
  • Moderator: Hon. Laurence H. Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Administrative Cancelation of Patents: Regulatory Overreach at the Patent Office?
10:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Senate Room
  • Hon. Paul R. Michel, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit (ret.)
  • Prof. Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law, Co-Director of Academic Programs & Senior Scholar at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
  • Prof. Arti K. Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
  • Prof. Melissa Wasserman, Charles Tilford McCormick Professor of Law, University of Texas Law
The Role and Responsibility of the Government Employee
10:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Palm Court Ballroom
  • Mr. Theodore Cooperstein, General Counsel, Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Mr. G. Roger King, Senior Labor and Employment Counsel, HR Policy Association
  • Mr. David W. Ogden, Partner, WilmerHale
  • Moderator: Mr. John C. O’Quinn, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP


12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
East and State Rooms

Luncheon Panel

Civil Service Reform
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
District Room
  • Opening Remarks: Hon. Donald McGahn, White House Counsel
  • Mr. Philip K. Howard, Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP and Founder & Chair, Common Good
  • Prof. Jennifer L. Mascott, Assistant Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
  • Ms. Tammy D. McCutchen, Principal, Littler Mendelson PC
  • Mr. Bill Valdez, President, Senior Executives Association
  • Moderator: Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Breakout Panels

Litigation and Regulatory Reform
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
East and State Rooms
  • Mr. William S. Consovoy, Partner, Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC
  • Prof. Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law; Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Prof. Ernest A. Young, Alston & Bird Professor of Law, Duke University Law School
  • Moderator: Mr. Adam Liptak, Columnist and Journalist, The New York Times
The Future of the Internet and American Leadership
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Palm Court Ballroom
  • Opening Remarks: Hon. Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • Prof. Michelle P. Connolly, Professor of the Practice of Economics, Duke University
  • Mr. Brad Gillen, Executive Vice President, CTIA
  • Hon. Chip Pickering, CEO, INCOMPAS
  • Mr. David J. Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Moderator: Mr. Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP
Disparate Impact
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Chinese Room
  • Prof. Gail Heriot, Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Mr. Roger Clegg, President and General Counsel, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • Prof. Theodore M. Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina School of Law

Closing Address

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
East Room
  • Hon. Ben Sasse, United States Senate, Nebraska

There is no cost to attend this event;

lunch and reception are included in registration.
Cost for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits is $50.





Hon. Brendan Thomas Carr

Roger B. Clegg

Ilona Cohen

William S. Consovoy

Theodore Cooperstein

Dr. Stephen P. Croley

Hon. W. Neil Eggleston

Todd F. Gaziano

Brad Gillen

Prof. Philip A. Hamburger

Jeffrey M. Harris

Hon. Gail L. Heriot

Philip K. Howard

Hon. Gregory G. Katsas

G. Roger King

Prof. Jennifer L. Mascott

Tammy D. McCutchen

Donald McGahn

Hon. Paul R. Michel

Alan B. Morrison

Prof. Adam Mossoff

John C. O’Quinn

David W. Ogden

Hon. Charles W. Pickering, Jr.

Prof. Arti K. Rai

Hon. A. Raymond Randolph

Neomi Rao

David Redl

Hon. Jeffrey A. Rosen

Hon. Ben Sasse

Prof. Theodore M. Shaw

Hon. Laurence H. Silberman

Bryan N. Tramont

Jonathan R. Turley

Bill Valdez

Melissa F. Wasserman

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