December 5, 2017

Sidney Austin Forum

NYU School of Law and Sidley Austin LLP, in cooperation with the NYU Brademas Center, hosted the 2nd Annual Sidley Austin Forum: Modern Executive Power and Sources of Constraint.

Questions on the boundaries of executive authority have been pressed with increasing intensity in recent years and over several Administrations. The debate has included disagreements about the constitutional limits, in both theory and practice, on presidential power, and the nature and viability of governing “norms.”

The 2017 Forum addressed a range of issues, including:

  • Institutional sources of legal constraint, such as the Office of Legal Counsel and White House Counsel;
  • The use of executive orders and other presidential directives;
  • Rulemakings and presidential management of administrative agencies;
  • Executive claims of authority in national security and the congressional response;
  • The effects of public opinion and new media.

Welcome

Sally Katzen

Sally Katzen

John J. Kuster

John J. Kuster

Setting the Stage

Trevor Morrison

Trevor Morrison

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Panel I: The Executive Generally (Norms, Powers)

Michael McConnell

Michael McConnell

Gene Healy

Gene Healy

Eric Posner

Eric Posner

Daphna Renan

Daphna Renan

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Panel II: National Security

Richard Pildes

Richard Pildes

Mary B. DeRosa

Mary B. DeRosa

Lisa Monaco

Lisa Monaco

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Panel III: The Administrative State

Sally Katzen

Sally Katzen

Michael A. Fitzpatrick

Michael A. Fitzpatrick

Neomi Rao

Neomi Rao

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Panel IV:  The President and His/Her Chiefs of Staff

Bob Bauer

Bob Bauer

Ken Duberstein

Ken Duberstein

Pete Rouse

Pete Rouse

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Panel V: The President and The Press

Michael E. Borden

Michael E. Borden

Douglas Heye

Douglas Heye

Michael McCurry

Michael McCurry

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Panel VI: The President and His/Her Lawyers

Kwaku A. Akowuah

Kwaku A. Akowuah

A.B. Culvahouse

A.B. Culvahouse

Kathryn Ruemmler

Kathryn Ruemmler

The Sidley Austin Forum is held annually and co-hosted by Sidley Austin LLP and NYU School of Law’s Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic. The Forum explores topics critical to American democracy, citizen engagement, and public service. Over Sidley’s 150-year history, the firm has been committed to honoring and supporting the rule of law in our democracy. Sidley has built a reputation as a premier legal adviser for global businesses and financial institutions with 1,900 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide.