The National Leagal Center for the Public Interest


The annual programs of the Center include the following:

  1. Gauer Distinguished Lecture in Law and Public Policy

    The Gauer Lecture is a major scholarly discourse on a constitutional, legal, or public policy issue that affects the public interest. Its primary purpose is to stimulate thought. It is indisputably one of the foremost lecture series in the United States today. After its delivery, the Lecture is printed, bound, and distributed gratis to major law schools, and university libraries throughout the country, providing a permanent reference to these original discourses. The Lecture is delivered in the Fall in New York City.

    Past Lecturers have included Presidents Ronald W. Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist, General Colin S. Powell, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Associate Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Stephen G. Breyer, Judge William H. Webster, former Director of the FBI and CIA, and the immediate past chairman of the National Legal Center, and Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. The 2004 Lecture was delivered by Ambassador John Danforth, United States Representative to the United Nations.

  2. Supreme Court Press Briefing

    The National Legal Center conducts an annual press briefing prior to the opening of each new term of the Supreme Court. The briefing, conducted by distinguished conservative legal experts, is designed to assist journalists in their coverage of the Court when it convenes on the first Monday in October. The briefers analyze those cases which the Court has already agreed to hear during the coming term, offer informed predictions on other cases the Court might accept, and analyze how the Court is likely to decide these cases.

  3. A Day with Justice

    Legal executives, academics and attorneys in private practice are briefed by the most senior officials of the Department of Justice.


  5. The General Counsel Conference

    The 2005 General Counsel Conference is scheduled for May 10 and 11 in Washington, D.C. The conference is titled Ensuring the competitiveness of American Business: Restoring the Proper Regulatory and Enforcement Balance. It is a program to provide insights and potential solutions to the unintended consequences of post-Enron "reforms". For more information, please click to the program and registration form.

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