Scott G. Bullock

Arif Panju

Anthony Sanders

Jeff Rowes

Wesley Hottot

The Institute for Justice is sponsoring an all-day continuing legal education (CLE) conference called Economic Liberty: Lone Star Leadership. The conference will discuss two recent IJ cases that provide Texans with more protection of their economic liberty than people who live elsewhere in the country: Patel v. Texas Department of Licensing and St. Joseph Abbey v. Castille. A variety of scholars, practitioners, and judges from Texas and beyond will discuss and debate these cases’ impact and provide practical advice to lawyers fighting for their clients’ economic liberty in Texas courts.

The event is free, including lunch. All interested in these issues are welcome, but for members of the Texas bar it will be a chance to earn a few hours of CLE (5.25 hours total). Attendees are welcome to come for the whole event, or just for the lunch session if their schedule is limited.

Please find details about the program below. If you would like to come, please RSVP early to reserve your space. Space is limited! You can RSVP for the event and lunch below. You have the option to RSVP just for the lunch session, or for the entire event.

Register here.


8:30-9:00: Registration/Doors Open

9:00-9:15: Introduction: Scott Bullock, President and General Counsel, Institute for Justice, and Matt Miller, Managing Attorney of the Institute for Justice Texas Office

9:15-10:30: Economic Liberty and the Texas Constitution After Patel

  • Wesley Hottot, Attorney, Institute for Justice
  • Justice Scott A. Brister, Partner, Andrews Kurth, LLP
  • Charles W. “Rocky” Rhodes, Vinson & Elkins Research Professor and Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law
  • Anthony Sanders, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
  • Moderated by Justice Cindy Olson Bourland, Texas Third Court of Appeals

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:00: Economic Liberty and the U.S. Constitution After St. Joseph Abbey

  • Jeff Rowes, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
  • Andy Oldham, Deputy General Counsel to Governor Greg Abbott
  • Rob Henneke, General Counsel and Director of the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Moderated by Josh Blackman, Associate Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law

12:15-1:30: Lunch. Nuts and Bolts: How to Litigate Economic Liberty in Texas. Jurisdiction, Antitrust, and Crafting a Case

  • Matt Miller, Managing Attorney of the Institute for Justice Texas Office
  • Arif Panju, Attorney, Institute for Justice
  • Matt Dow, Partner, JacksonWalker
  • Moderated by Arthur Gollwitzer III, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

2:00-3:00: Is the Sky Falling? Practical Fallout, and Practical Benefits, of Heightened Protection of Economic Liberty.

  • Clark M. Neily III, Senior Attorney and Director of IJ’s Center for Judicial Engagement, Institute for Justice
  • Mark Pulliam, Contributing Editor to Library of Law and Liberty, a project of Liberty Fund
  • Moderated by Tara Smith, Professor, University of Texas

3:00-3:15: Break

3:15-3:45: Panel Discussion with Economic Liberty Clients

  • Deacon Mark Coudrain, St. Joseph Abbey v. Paul “Wes” Castille
  • Chip McElroy, Live Oak Brewing Company v. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
  • Ash Patel, Ashish Patel v. Department of Licensing and Regulation
  • Moderated by Arif Panju, Attorney, Institute for Justice

3:45-3:55: Closing Remarks

4:00-6:00: Reception

Event Date and Time Thursday, October 20, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Event Location

Capital Foyer
Stephen F. Austin InterContinental
701 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

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