Free Speech & Business

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 8:00am to 11:45am
1615 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20062
United States

Registration & Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
 
We are a country founded on the right of individuals to express themselves. We believe in the fundamental right to share thoughts, views, facts, and ideas. That right—and the ability to practice it—is essential to both individuals and entrepreneurs. It fosters competition, spurs debate, enhances diversity of thought, and increases options in the marketplace of products and services.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the essential right of expression for citizens as well as entrepreneurs. But there are new challenges to freedom of expression, particularly for businesses.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation explored these challenges at a program on December 3, 2014, bringing together constitutional experts, legal scholars, and policy and opinion leaders to discuss today’s First Amendment environment and its impacts upon businesses in the public square.


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AGENDA

8:00 a.m.—8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.—8:40 a.m.
 

Welcoming Remarks
The Honorable John R. McKernan Jr., Senior Adviser to the President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation 

8:40 a.m.—9:15 a.m.

Keynote Address: Free Speech in American Life and Culture
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

9:15 a.m.—10:05 a.m.
 

Today's First Amendment Environment: Panelists discuss examples of companies and industries finding their right to speak controlled and/or attacked by government, shareholder and consumer activists, etc.  

  • Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC
  • James Copland, Senior Fellow & Director of the Center for Legal Policy, Manhattan Institute
  • Michael Barone, Columnist, Washington Examiner

Moderated by: Lisa A. Rickard, President, Institute for Legal Reform; Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; President, Workforce Freedom Initiative

10:05 a.m.—10:15 a.m.

Transition Break

10:15 a.m.—11:05 a.m.

 

The Impacts Upon Business in the Public Square Panel:  Panelists discuss legislative and regulatory efforts to silence the business voice, and over-regulate political speech and policy advocacy.

  • Bradley A. Smith, Visiting Chair of Law, West Virginia; Professor of Law, Capital University Law School and Chairman, Center for Competitive Politics
  • Eugene VolokhProfessor, UCLA School of Law and founder of The Volokh Conspiracy, and Academic Affiliate, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Amir Tayrani, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Moderated by: R. Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

11:05 a.m.—11:10 p.m.

Introduction of Keynote
The Honorable John R. McKernan Jr., Senior Adviser to the President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation 

11:10 p.m.—11:35 p.m.

Keynote Address: Free Speech and Free Enterprise: An Inseparable Bond
Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

11:35 p.m.—11:45 p.m.

Acknowledgments and Concluding Remarks
The Honorable John R. McKernan Jr., Senior Adviser to the President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

 

 


If you have questions about this event, please call the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation at (202) 463-5500 or email Emily Bohling at EBohling@uschamber.com

Legislative employees should consult with the House and Senate ethics office, as appropriate, to determine whether there would be any prohibition on their attendance at this event.
Executive branch employees should obtain written permission to attend this event from their designated agency ethics office and should fax or email a copy of the permission to Melissa Guay at mguay@uschamber.com or by fax at (202) 463-3129 prior to the event.