Federalist Society Conference

On Saturday, Judge Miskel attended the Federalist Society 2015 Texas Chapters Conference.  The conference was a retrospective on the rule of law and the George W. Bush administration, hosted by the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

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Former President George W. Bush gave a wonderful opening welcome.  Then, the conference began with an all-star panel of experts discussing 9/11 and the war on terror.  The panel included Hon. Michael Chertoff, former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; William Haynes, former Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice; Hon. Michael Mukasey, former Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice; Larry Thompson, former Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice; and John Rizzo, former Chief Legal Officer, CIA.

The lunch speaker was Hon. Samuel Alito, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Justice Alito spoke about Constitutional originalism, stare decisis, and the rule of law.

The conference concluded with a panel on the judiciary.  Many Texas judges were in attendance, including Justice Don Willett of the Texas Supreme Court.