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Jonathan Adler is a professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in environmental, regulatory, and constitutional law. Prior to joining the Case faculty, Mr. Adler clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He also worked as the director of environmental studies for the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Mr. Adler’s writing focuses primarily on environmental and regulatory policy issues. He is the author or editor of three books, including The Costs of Kyoto: Climate Change Policy and Its Implications (Competitive Enterprise Institute, 1997) and Environmentalism at the Crossroads (Government Institutes, 1995), and several book chapters. His work has appeared in publications ranging from the Harvard Environmental Law Review and the Supreme Court Economic Review to the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. In 2004, Mr. Adler received the Paul M. Bator Award, given annually by the Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies to an academic under forty for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and commitment to students. In 2007, the Case Western Reserve University Law Alumni Association awarded Mr. Adler their annual "Distinguished Teacher Award."

Randy Barnett is a professor of legal theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown, Mr. Barnett tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago. He also worked as a visiting professor at Northwestern and Harvard Law School. In 2004, Mr. Barnett appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue the medical cannabis case of Gonzalez v. Raich. In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in constitutional studies. Mr. Barnett’s scholarship includes more than eighty articles and reviews, as well as eight books, including Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, 2004), Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Aspen, 2008), and Contracts Cases and Doctrine (Aspen, 4th ed., 2008). His book The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford, 1998) has been translated into Japanese. Mr. Barnett lectures internationally and appears frequently on radio and television programs such as the CBS Evening News, PBS’s The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and Fox News Channel’s Hannity and Colmes.

James Blumstein is a professor of constitutional and health law at Vanderbilt University Law School, the director of the Health Policy Center of the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, and an adjunct professor of health law at Dartmouth Medical School. Mr. Blumstein has served as a visiting professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and as a visiting associate professor of law and policy sciences at Duke Law School. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has won the Sutherland Prize, Vanderbilt’s university-wide award for lifetime research achievement. Mr. Blumstein has litigated constitutional issues in state and federal courts, including, most recently, Brentwood Academy v. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) in 2001 and TSSAA v. Brentwood Academy in 2007.

Jesse Choper is a professor of public law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he teaches in the fields of constitutional law and corporation law. Prior to joining the faculty at Berkeley, Mr. Choper was research editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and served as law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren from 1960 until 1961. Mr. Choper has taught at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at the University of Minnesota Law School. He has been at Berkeley Law since 1965 and was dean from 1982 until 1992. Mr. Choper has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and a distinguished visiting professor at Fordham Law School. His major publications include the books Judicial Review and the National Political Process (University of Chicago Press, 1980) and Securing Religious Liberty (University of Chicago Press, 1995). He is also a coauthor of two widely used casebooks in the fields of constitutional law and corporation law, as well as the editor of The Supreme Court and Its Justices (American Bar Association, 2001). He has delivered major titled lectures at twenty American law schools and has given invited addresses in many countries throughout the world. He received a Berkeley Campus Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998, the Boalt Hall Lifetime Faculty Achievement Award in 2005, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s highest award for alumni in 2005.

John Eastman is the dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law at Chapman University School of Law, where he specializes in constitutional law, legal history, and property. He also serves as the director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute that he founded in 1999. Prior to joining the Chapman law faculty, Mr. Eastman served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Michael Luttig. Mr. Eastman practiced law with the national law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, representing major corporate clients in federal and state courts. He has also represented numerous clients in important constitutional law matters, appeared as an expert legal commentator on numerous television and radio programs, and presented testimony before Congress. He has a weekly segment on the nationally syndicated Hugh Hewitt talk radio show and publishes an occasional column entitled "First Principles" in the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal.

Malcolm Feeley is the Claire Sanders Clements Dean’s Chair Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Before joining the faculty at Berkeley in 1984, Mr. Feeley was a fellow at Yale Law School and taught at New York University and the University of Wisconsin. He has written numerous articles in social science journals and law reviews and is the author of several books, including The Process Is the Punishment (Russell Sage Foundation Publications, 1992), which received the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Silver Gavel Award and the American Sociology Association’s Citation of Merit; Court Reform on Trial (Basic Books, 1989), which received the ABA’s Certificate of Merit; and The Policy Dilemma (University of Minnesota Press, 1981). He is the coauthor of Criminal Justice (with John Kaplan and Jerome Skolnick, Foundation Press, 1991) and Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State (with Edward Rubin, Cambridge University Press, 1998). He also authored a chapter in Social Science, Social Policy, and the Law (Russell Sage Foundation Publications, 1999). Mr. Feeley has received research fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, the American Bar Foundation, and the Twentieth Century Fund. He also served as the director of the University of California Study Center at Hebrew University from 1992 to 1994.

Michael S. Greve is the John G. Searle Scholar at AEI. His research and writing cover constitutional law, federalism, and business regulation. Mr. Greve cofounded and, from 1989 to 2000, directed the Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm that served as counsel in many precedent-setting constitutional cases, including United States v. Morrison and Rosenberger v. University of Virginia. He has written widely on constitutional and administrative law, federalism, environmental policy, and civil rights.

Roderick Hills is a professor at the New York University School of Law, where he writes on constitutional law, local government law, land-use regulation, jurisdiction and conflicts of law, and education law. Mr. Hills served as a law clerk for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Patrick Higginbotham. Mr. Hills has been a cooperating council with the American Civil Liberties Union for many years, filing briefs in cases challenging denial of domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples, exclusion of prison inmates from the protections of state antidiscrimination law, denial of rights to challenge prison guards’ visitation by family members for prison inmates, and discrimination of recently arrived indigent migrants in public assistance. His articles have been published in the Michigan Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Supreme Court Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Thomas P. Miller is a resident fellow at AEI, where he focuses on health policy, with particular emphasis on information transparency, health insurance regulation, and consumer-driven health care. He is also a member of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Before joining AEI, Mr. Miller served for three years as senior health economist for the Joint Economic Committee, where he organized a series of hearings focusing on promising reforms in private health care markets and drafted several social security reform bills. He also has been director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute and director of economic policy studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Mr. Miller’s writing has appeared in such publications as Health Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Reader's Digest, National Review, the Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, Regulation, and Cato Journal. He has testified before various congressional committees on issues including Medicare prescription drug benefits, medical savings accounts, and tax credits for health insurance.

Ashley Parrish is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C., and a member of the firm’s Appellate Litigation Practice, where he focuses his practice on appellate and administrative law; the preparation of high-risk cases for eventual appeal; and strategic, complex litigation. Before joining Kirkland & Ellis, Mr. Parrish served as a law clerk to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Emilio M. Garza. Mr. Parrish is often involved in high-stakes class-action litigation and regularly advises clients in federal administrative law and practice. He coauthored a chapter in Federal Preemption: States’ Powers, National Interests (Richard A. Epstein and Michael S. Greve, eds., AEI Press, 2007).

William Pryor is a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Initially appointed by President George W. Bush in 2004 during a Senate recess, Judge Pryor’s appointment was confirmed by the Senate in 2005. Prior to his appointment to the Eleventh Circuit, Judge Pryor served as attorney general of Alabama from 1997 to 2004. When first appointed attorney general, he was the youngest in the nation. He was later elected and reelected to that office in 1998 and 2002. Judge Pryor served as a law clerk for Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John Minor Wisdom, and following his judicial clerkship, Judge Pryor engaged in a private practice of litigation in Birmingham and served for six year as an adjunct professor of admiralty at the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University. Since 2006, Judge Pryor has served as a visiting professor of federal jurisdiction at the University of Alabama School of Law. He has delivered lectures at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and several law schools and universities. He has published articles in the Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law, and numerous other university law reviews. He has published op-ed articles in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and USA Today. Judge Pryor has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate on capital punishment, environmental law, and the role of the judiciary.

Ilya Somin is an assistant professor at George Mason University School of Law. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy. He currently serves as coeditor of the Supreme Court Economic Review, one of the country’s top-rated law and economics journals. During the fall 2008 semester, he is serving as a visiting professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has previously been a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg in Germany and the University of Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before joining the faculty at George Mason, Mr. Somin was the John M. Olin Fellow in Law at Northwestern University Law School in 2002–2003. From 2001 until 2002, he clerked for Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerry E. Smith. Mr. Somin’s work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Critical Review, and others. He has also published articles in a variety of popular press outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Legal Times, National Law Journal, and Reason. He has been quoted or interviewed by the New York Times, the Washington Post, BBC, and Voice of America, among other media.

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This event will coincide with the release of a new report by AEI’s Mary Habeck, which analyzes why current national security policy is failing to stop the advancement of al Qaeda and its affiliates and what the US can do to develop a successful strategy to defeat this enemy.

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Obamacare’s rocky start and uncertain future

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