Annual Conference 2013

The Next Four Years: Major Issues in Constitutional Governance

CCG's Inaugural Annual Conference, “The Next Four Years: Major Issues in Constitutional Governance,” took place on Friday, April 12, 2013, at Columbia Law School.  The conference brought together current and former government leaders, scholars, and other experts to discuss the principal legal and policy challenges facing the federal government during the second term of the Obama Administration. 

Click on the videos below to watch each of the panels.

Panel 1—Federal Budget and Fiscal Issues

Introductory Remarks: Gillian E. Metzger and Sara Haviva Mark, Center for Constitutional Governance

Jason Furman, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Principal Deputy Director, National Economic Council

G. William Hoagland, Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center

Eduardo Porter, “Economic Scene” Columnist, New York Times

Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO, Global Policy Solutions

Moderator: Michael J. Graetz, Columbia Alumni Professor of Tax Law, Wilbur H. Friedman Professor of Tax Law, Columbia Law School

Panel 2—Domestic Policy Issues

Danielle Gray, Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to the President

Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services

Jay P. Lefkowitz, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; former Deputy Assistant to President Bush for Domestic Policy
Cristina M. Rodríguez, Professor of Law, Yale Law School; former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice

Moderator: Gillian E. Metzger, Stanley H. Fuld Professor of Law and Vice Dean, Columbia Law School

Panel 3—National Security and Foreign Policy

Jim Comey, Senior Research Scholar, Columbia Law School; former Deputy Attorney General of the United States

Michael Gottlieb, Former Associate White House Counsel

Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School; former Legal Adviser to U.S. Department of State

Hina Shamsi, Director, National Security Project, ACLU                                

Mona K. Sutphen, Managing Director, UBS AG; former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy

Moderator: Sarah H. Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor in Human and Constitutional Rights, Columbia Law School

Panel 4—Voting Rights and Election Law

Robert (Bob) Bauer, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP; former White House Counsel to President Obama

Benjamin L. Ginsberg, Partner, Patton Boggs LLP; former National Counsel to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns  

Moderator: Nathaniel Persily, Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, Columbia Law School