Trevor Burrus is a research fellow in the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies and managing editor of the Cato Supreme Court Review. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, and legal history. His academic work has appeared in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty, the NYU Annual Survey of American Law, the Syracuse Law Review, and many others. His popular writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, and others.
Burrus lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Foundation for Economics Education, and other organizations, and he frequently appears on major media outlets. He is also the co-host of “Free Thoughts,” a weekly podcast that covers topics in libertarian theory, history, and philosophy.
He is the editor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Bruce Fein is a nationally and internationally renowned constitutional lawyer, scholar, moral philosopher, and writer. After graduating from Harvard Law School with honors in 1972, Mr. Fein served as special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1973-1975.
At age 26, and one day after Watergate’s “Saturday Night” massacre, the Acting Attorney General’s office tasked Mr. Fein to define in 100 pages an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor which would occasion the unprecedented resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.
Mr. Fein served as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and supervised the Department’s litigation and vetting of candidates for the federal judiciary. He served as General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission from 1983-1984, spearheading the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine as violating the free speech rights of broadcasters, and the break-up of “Ma Bell” known as A T & T into seven “Baby Bells.” During this time Mr. Fein testified during Senate confirmation hearings for presidential nominees Supreme Court Justices.
In the private sector, Mr. Fein has participated in the drafting of constitutions for over 20 foreign countries. He has consulted for the U.S. - India Business Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and contributed a weekly column for techcentralstation.com on telecom issues. Mr. Fein has testified as an expert witness by both Republicans and Democrats before House and Senate Committees on approximately 100 occasions. He was one of the first to be consulted by the Attorneys General’s office during the Bush Administration on the warrantless Terrorist Surveillance Program that flouted FISA. Mr. Fein then testified before three congressional on revising FISA. Recently, he has written and spoken out against the NSA Surveillance abuses and continues his fight against FISA court secrecy, brought to the national conversation by his client’s son, Edward Snowden.
Mr. Fein is founder and President of the newly formed non-profit Commission on Intelligence and Foreign Wars. He is the author of Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for our Constitution and Democracy, and American Empire Before The Fall. He currently writes regular columns fo
Kevin Gutzman is the author of four books, including the History Book Club Main Selection “James Madison and the Making of America” and best-sellers, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution” and “Who Killed the Constitution”?
He received his MPAff from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, his JD from the University of Texas School of Law, and his MA and PhD in American History from the University of Virginia. He has written hundreds of published essays and appeared as a featured expert in two documentary movies.
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Jack Hunter (also known by his radio moniker the “Southern Avenger”) is a frequent guest on FOX Business, Michael Savage’s nationally syndicated radio program The Savage Nation and a frequent guest host on The Mike Church Show on Sirius XM.
Since 2007, Hunter has written a weekly column for the Charleston City Paper (Charleston, SC) and has been a weekly contributor to The American Conservative magazine (founded by Pat Buchanan) since 2010.
Hunter is the co-author of The Tea Party Goes to Washington by Sen. Rand Paul, assisted Sen. Jim DeMint with his book Now or Never: How to Save America from Economic Collapse, wrote the Paulitical Ticker blog for the Ron Paul 2012 Campaign and is the New Media Director for Sen. Paul.
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Adam Kissel graduated from Harvard University and from the University of Chicago, where he served as Student Liaison to the Board of Trustees and earned a master's degree from the Committee on Social Thought. Over five years at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), he has spoken about free speech, religious liberty, academic freedom, and due process on college campuses in more than 15 states, at CPAC, and for professional and community organizations. His academic interests include the history and theory of liberal education and rhetoric's relationship with philosophy. He also has served as a professional editor for Nobel laureate James Heckman and for faculty in a variety of disciplines. In recent years, Mr. Kissel won a First Prize in education reporting from the National Education Writers Association and was named a “Champion of the First Amendment” at Iowa State University. He now works in higher education philanthropy in the D.C. area.
Cost: $1,000 negotiable; prefers to make own travel arrangements
Randal John Meyer is a legal associate in the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. Previously, he was a research fellow at Brooklyn Law School and the chief legal researcher for Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News. His work has appeared in popular outlets such as Forbes, The New York Post, Newsweek, The Hill, The Orange County Register, The Daily Beast, The American Spectator, RealClearPolicy, The Federalist, and academic outlets, such as the Brooklyn Law Review. Meyer is an attorney and counselor at law in the state of New York, and holds a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, where he served as an articles editor on the Brooklyn Law Review. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Binghamton with a double major in General Philosophy and Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL).
Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. Before joining Cato, he was a special assistant/advisor to the Multi-National Force in Iraq on rule of law issues and practiced international, political, commercial, and antitrust litigation at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb. Shapiro has contributed to a variety of academic, popular, and professional publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, L.A. Times, USA Today, National Law Journal, Weekly Standard, New York Times Online, and National Review Online. He also regularly provides commentary for various media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision and Telemundo, The Colbert Report, NPR, and American Public Media’s Marketplace. Shapiro has provided testimony to Congress and state legislatures and, as coordinator of Cato’s amicus brief program, filed more than 100 “friend of the court” briefs in the Supreme Court. He lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society and other groups, is a member of the Legal Studies Institute’s board of visitors at The Fund for American Studies, was an inaugural Washington Fellow at the National Review Institute, and has been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. Before entering private practice, Shapiro clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, while living in Mississippi and traveling around the Deep South. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (where he became a Tony Patiño Fellow). Shapiro is a member of the bars of New York, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a native speaker of English and Russian, is fluent in Spanish and French, and is proficient in Italian and Portuguese.
According to RedState, an online conservative news source, "KCarl Smith is one of the influential people in America you have never heard of. Most certainly, KCarl is one of the most important people grassroots conservatives and Republican Party leaders should be listening to right now."
A former U.S. Army officer, KCarl is the President and Founder of Frederick Douglass Republicans, an idea environment dedicated to empowering, equipping and training young conservative leaders.
As one of our leading conservative thinkers, KCarl is the author, Frederick Douglass Republicans: The Movement to Re-Ignite America’s Passion for Liberty (with Dr. K. Clarence Smith, Sr.) Based on his best-selling book, KCarl ingeniously developed a proven and powerful strategy to tackle the biggest challenge facing the conservative movement?diversity engagement. It’s called the Frederick Douglass Republican Methodology. In fact, in 2011, an upper level executive of the NAACP, who wishes to remain unidentified, read KCarl’s book and commented, “If the message in KCarl’s book gets on a national level, the Democrat Party would be toast and President Obama would be history.”
It was KCarl’s Frederick Douglass Republican message that inspired Louisiana State Senate Elbert Guillory’s party switch from Democrat to Republican. Here’s what Senator Guillory has to say about KCarl and the Frederick Douglass Republican message:
“A year ago, after months of soul searching and extreme discomfort with Democrat Party’s stances on marriage, abortion, guns and work, KCarl helped me find comfort in the GOP’s values. Then he helped me articulate my need to change. As I write these words, I recall my turmoil and pain and I thank God for sending KCarl to my rescue.” - Senator Elbert Guillory
KCarl visits more than 15 colleges and universities a year. You may have seen KCarl on the 700 Club, The Blaze TV and FoxNEWS’ Huckabee Show. He is featured in Rev. C.L. Bryant’s Runaway Slave Documentary.
KCarl Smith is the Founder and President of the newly formed non-profit Frederick Douglass Institute for Liberty, additional information to come.
Cost: $5,000 requested, travel, and lodging is provided by the Frederick Douglass Institute for Liberty.
ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of twelve books, including two New York Times bestsellers, The Truth About Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (both Regnery). His latest book is Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam's Obscure Origins (ISI).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group, the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. intelligence community.
Spencer is the Associate Director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). He is a weekly columnist for PJ Media, FrontPage Magazine, and AtlasShrugs.com, and has written eleven monographs and well over three hundred articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism.
Cost: $3,000 negotiable, plus airfare and lodging
Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated radio talk show, The Phil Valentine Show, which is heard in about 100 markets across the United States. He has been named by Talkers Magazine as one of the Heavy Hundred: The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America and is listed by Talkers as one of the top 100 talk show hosts of all time. He is the author of several books including The Conservative's Handbook, Tax Revolt and Right from the Heart.
His film, An Inconsistent Truth, is winner of three film festival awards including Best Documentary at the Nevada Film Festival and the Excellence in Filmmaking award from the Anthem Film Festival. An Inconsistent Truth is the 20th top grossing nature documentary of all time at the box office. It grossed more than notable films Gasland, Fuel and Cool It.
Valentine's talk show in his home market is the most listened to talk show in Nashville, routinely garnering twice the listeners of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. His show is the recipient of 18 AIR Awards and three prestigious New York Festivals awards including the Gold World Medal for Best Talk Show.
Cost: $2,000 plus travel expenses & lodging
Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and creator of Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Woods has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Prager Show, and the Michael Medved Show. He is a regular fill-in host on The Peter Schiff Show.
Woods is the author of eleven books, most recently Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. His other books include the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse (read Ron Paul’s foreword) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama (with Kevin R.C. Gutzman), Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass, 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, and The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. His critically acclaimed 2004 book The Church Confronts Modernity was recently released in paperback by Columbia University Press. A collection of Woods’ essays, called W obronie zdrowego rozsadku, was released exclusively in Polish in 2007. Woods’ books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Polish, French, German, Czech, Portuguese, Croatian, Slovak, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.
Woods edited and wrote the introduction to five additional books: Back on the Road to Serfdom: The Resurgence of Statism, We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now (with Murray Polner), Murray N. Rothbard’s The Betrayal of the American Right, The Political Writings of Rufus Choate, and Orestes Brownson’s 1875 classic The American Republic. He contributed the preface to Choosing the Right College and the foreword both to Ludwig von Mises’ Liberalism and to Abel Upshur’s A Brief Enquiry into the True Nature and Character of Our Federal Government. He is also the author of Beyond Distributism, part of the Acton Institute’s Christian Social Thought Series.
Woods’ writing has appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, Catholic Historical Review, Modern Age, American Studies, Intercollegiate Review, Catholic Social Science Review, Economic Affairs (U.K.), Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Inside the Vatican, Human Events, University Bookman, Journal of Markets & Morality, New Oxford Review, Catholic World Report, Independent Review, Religion & Liberty, Journal of Libertarian Studies, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, AD2000 (Australia), Christian Order (U.K.), and Human Rights Review.
Woods won the $50,000 first prize in the prestigious Templeton Enterprise Awards for 2006, given by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Templeton Foundation, for his book The Church and the Market. He was the recipient of the 2004 O.P. Alford III Prize for Libertarian Scholarship and of an Olive W. Garvey Fellowship from the Independent Institute in 2003. He has also been awarded two Humane Studies Fellowships and a Claude R. Lambe Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and a Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Cost: $4,000 plus airfare and lodging