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Keynote Guest Speaker

Judge Daniel Boggs

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Louisville, Kentucky

Judge Boggs was born in Havana, Cuba, October 23, 1944. He grew up in

Bowling Green, Kentucky, and then attended Harvard College. He received his

A.B. degree cum laude from Harvard in 1965, after twice winning the Coolidge

Debate Prize and serving as President of the National Model General Assembly.

He attended the University of Chicago Law School on a Mechem Scholarship,

was elected to Law Review, and won the Hinton Moot Court competition. After receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1968, and being elected to Order of the Coif, he taught at the Law School for the 1968-69 academic year.

He then returned to Kentucky, where he served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic Security (1969-70), Legal Counsel to the Governor (1970-71) and Legislative Counsel to the Minority in the State House of Representatives (1972).

He was called to Washington, where he served as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States (1973-75), Assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Power Commission (1975-77), and Deputy Minority Counsel to the United States Senate Energy Committee (1977-79). He then left government and entered private practice. He returned to serve as Assistant Director of the White House Office of Policy Development and Special Assistant to the President of the United States (1981-83), and Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (1983-86).

In 1986 he was appointed by the President to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Following his appointment to the bench, he led three missions under the auspices of the United States Department of State, teaching American jurisprudence at the the judicial academy of the Soviet Union (May 1991), the Commonwealth of Independent States (October 1991), and Russia (June 1993). By appointment of the Chief Justice of the United States, he served on the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules of the Judicial Conference Conference of the United States from 1992-94. From 1994 to 2000, he served on the Judicial Conference Committee on Automation, and chaired its Budget subcommittee. He served as chair of the Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association 2001-02. Judge Boggs served as Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit from 2003 to 2009. In 2008, he was appointed by the Chief Justice as a member of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Institute for Justice Staff

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Chip Mellor The Institute for Justice William H. (Chip) Mellor serves as President and General Counsel of the Institute for Justice, which he co-founded in 1991. He litigates cutting-edge constitutional cases nationwide protecting economic liberty, property rights, school choice, and the First Amendment. IJ is headquartered in Arlington, Va., and has offices in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington state. IJ pursues strategic public interest litigation that combines courtroom advocacy with award-winning media relations, activism, and strategic research to secure constitutional protection for individual rights.

Under Mellor’s leadership, the Institute for Justice has litigated five U.S. Supreme Court cases, winning all but one: In Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, the Institute for Justice successfully defended Cleveland’s school choice program from a lawsuit brought by the teachers’ unions and other school choice opponents to establish the constitutionality of school vouchers. In Granholm v. Heald, the Supreme Court struck down New York’s ban on interstate wine sales, allowing small wineries and consumers represented by IJ to successfully challenge a government-imposed wholesale wine and liquor monopoly. In Kelo v. City of New London, the Supreme Court ruled against the Institute in a controversial 5-4 decision that held private property can be taken for private development. IJ mobilized unprecedented public outrage over the decision to secure legislative reforms or state supreme court decisions in 46 states that strengthened protection for property rights. In Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, the Supreme Court dismissed an Establishment Clause challenge to Arizona’s scholarship tax credit program because the Court recognized that individuals who donate to private, nonprofit scholarship-granting organizations spend their own money—not state funds. The Institute’s latest high court victory came in June 2011 in Arizona Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, where the Court struck down a key provision of Arizona’s system of government-funded campaigns, which showered money on campaigns that took government funding when privately financed and independent speakers opposing them spoke more than the government wanted.

Mellor co-authored with the Cato Institute’s Bob Levy The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom, which examines 12 Supreme Court cases that effectively amended the Constitution and profoundly reshaped the role of government in America. In The Dirty Dozen, Mellor and Levy argue for judicial engagement and for a Supreme Court that will enforce what the Constitution actually says about civil liberties, property rights, and many other controversial issues.

Mellor personally litigated lawsuits that broke open Denver’s 50-year-old taxi monopoly and ended the funeral industry’s monopoly on casket sales in Tennessee, achieving the first federal appellate court victory for economic liberty under the 14th Amendment since the New Deal. He launched the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago in 1998 and IJ’s Center for Judicial Engagement in 2011.

Mellor’s regular “Constitutional Crossroads” column is carried on Forbes.com. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, New York Post, National Law Journal, Reason, National Review, Investor’s Business Daily, and all the major television and radio networks. In his Fox Business show Stossel, John Stossel named Mellor a “Champion of Freedom” in a 2012 broadcast.

Prior to founding IJ, Mellor served as president of the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, a nationally recognized “think tank” located in San Francisco.

Under his leadership, the Institute commissioned and published path-breaking books on civil rights, property rights, and technology and the First Amendment that formed the Institute for Justice’s long-term, strategic litigation blueprint.

Mellor also served in the Reagan Administration as Deputy General Counsel for Legislation and Regulations in the Department of Energy, and from 1979 to 1983, he practiced public interest law with Mountain States Legal Foundation in Denver. Mellor received his J.D. from the University of Denver School of Law in

1977. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1973.

Mellor sits on the board of directors for the Donors Capital Fund, and the Kern Family Foundation. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and a 2012 recipient of the Bradley Prize.

Guest Speaker

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James Allen Georgetown University, 2016 James P. Allen was born and raised in an obscure cranny of Southern California called the Coachella Valley. He attended boarding school in Carpenteria, a small beach community in the same state. Before and after college at UC Berkeley, he taught, studied, and lived in Asia and Europe. He is now about to complete his first year at Georgetown University Law Center. His hobbies consist of Yoga, books, the outdoors, and dancing. He has been active in the liberty movement since 2008 working on campaigns ranging from Palm Desert City Council to the Presidency. He is totally stoked to be working this summer for the Institute for Justice, the coolest law firm in the world.

John Andren Georgetown University, 2016 John Andren is a Northern Virginia native and graduate of George Mason University. After an introduction to Public Choice and Law and Economics at Mason, John’s growing interest in the intersection of the law and social sciences led him to law school. John would like to get involved with public interest litigation to both help advance individual liberty by helping those who need it, and to make the government’s regulatory efforts as painful for them as they are for the rest of America. In his free time, John enjoys cycling, playing golf (poorly), and, when he can get up early enough, watching Formula One racing.

Fredrick T. Bedsworth Florida State University, 2016 Fredrick Bedsworth received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science at California State University San Marcos. As an undergraduate student Fredrick took courses in political philosophy and Public Choice, which later influenced his decision to pursue a PhD in Economics. His interest in public interest law follows from his coursework in related areas and from following the Institute for Justice’s work for several years. Fredrick is currently working on his PhD in Economics at Florida State University. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities and the occasional movie or video game.

Tommy Berry Stanford University, 2016 Tommy was born in Madison, WI, and moved around frequently with his family as his mother pursued a career in academia, eventually settling in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA, where his mother is a professor at Georgia Tech. His father claims that the first thing he said to Tommy after he was born was “I will never send you to a public school,” and he kept that promise, homeschooling Tommy all the way through high school, with a brief interlude at a Montessori school for 2nd – 4th grade. He then went on to St. John’s Colleg. At St.John’s, Tommy was employed as the math assistant for freshman and sophomores, and served in student government all four years, culminating with a chairmanship senior year. Tommy spent three years at the Santa Fe campus of St. John’s and junior year at the Annapolis campus. After graduation, he went straight through to start at Stanford Law School, and is considering applying for a joint JD/Ph.D. in philosophy next year.

Anya Bidwell University of Texas- Austin, 2016 Anya Bidwell came to America from Kyrgyzstan to attend college in Hawaii. After graduating with BA in Journalism she attendant graduate school in Public Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin. While in graduate school she worked as a research assistant helping a faculty member with his book on nuclear non-proliferation. She also interned as a foreign policy analysts at Stratfor. She decided to attend law school because of her fascination with American history and its Constitution. Her long-term goal is to help breathe life back into the privileges and immunities clause by overturning the Slaughterhouse cases.

Anthony M. Busch Washington University in St. Louis, 2016 Tony Busch attended the University of South Carolina where he studied International Business, Corporate Finance, and Arabic. Following graduation, Tony worked for four years as an Arabic Media Analyst with the Department of Defense. During a lengthy internal legal challenge to the department for which he worked, Tony realized that important government policy is often shaped by a very small group of government lawyers. Therefore, Tony applied to Washington University School of Law in order to promote applications of government policy consistent with his libertarian philosophy. But for law school, Tony would normally be an avid tennis player.

When not slaving over law school briefs, Tony spends time with his endlessly compassionate wife and their tortfeasing one-year-old son. He also enjoys studying Islamic law and perusing Arabic-language social media.

Samuel Block Harvard University, 2016 Sam Block majored in journalism and creative writing at Northwestern University. He enjoys writing satire, Chicago sports (which are largely a joke), and visiting state capitals. He went straight to law school because while he enjoyed covering government shortcomings as a journalist, he wanted to actually be able to do something about it.

Dr. Anton Burkov Urals State, 1999 Dr. Anton Burkov received his law degree from Urals State Law Academy (1999), a candidate of legal science degree from Tiumen’ State University (2005), an LLM from Essex University, and his PhD (Cambridge University). Since 1998 Anton Burkov is a member of The Urals Center for Constitutional and International Human Rights Protection. He is an advocate for human rights and has litigated cases in courts including the Russian Supreme and Constitutional Courts. He currently serves as legal representation in cases before national courts and the European Court of Human Rights. He has many publications, including: The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights in Russian Courts (2010), The European Convention for Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Central and Eastern Europe (2012), and The Impact of the European Convention on Human Rights on Russian Law (2007). Currently, Dr. Burkov chairs the European and Comparative Law Department of University of Humanities (Ekaterinburg, Russia) and litigates cases for clients of the non-governmental organisation Sutyajnik. This summer Anton Burkov is a Galina Starovoitova fellow at Kennan Institute, Wilson Center for International Scholars, conducting research on US experience in strategic litigation and public interest law. Anton enjoys speed skating, photography, and Argentine tango.

Scott Camuto Michigan State University, 2017 Scott Camuto recently graduated from Boston College with a MA in Political Science and will be entering Michigan State's PHD program in Political Science this fall. His interests include federalism, state and local politics, interest groups, and quantitative methodology. Scott recently presented a paper at Southern Political Science Association's annual meeting critiquing the effectiveness of legislation passed in state legislatures in curbing eminent domain following the Kelo v. City of New London. This analysis aims to employ a quantitative analysis that builds on qualitative observations by legal scholars including Illya Somin and Richard Epstein. Another recent project investigates state response to No Child Left Behind Act's burdensome requirements on school districts and lobbying efforts employed to be granted waivers to requirements rather than seeking outright termination of the legislation.

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