Friday, March 27, 2015

RNLA’s 2015 National Policy Conference In The News

The RNLA’s 2015 successful 30th Anniversary National Policy Conference has been in the news over the past week. Here are a few links and highlights in case you missed it:

  Richard Wiley in Washington is Crowned 'Ultimate Republican Lawyer'

In Washington, there are lawyers, Republicans and Republicans’ lawyers. Richard Wiley, chairman and co-founder of Wiley Rein, is a step above the others, according to the Republican National Lawyers Association.
He’s the “ultimate Republican lawyer,” Michael Thielen, the group’s executive director, said.
And thus, last week, Wiley received the association’s highest honor, an award commemorating former Attorney General Edwin Meese.
Republicans talk of an imperial presidency - and royalty visits the White House
Stand back, now. “The Rise of the Imperial Presidency” was the official theme for the Republican National Lawyers Association gathered to celebrate the august organization’s 30th anniversary with a conference and private reception, plus a bristling guest list that included Sens. Bob Corker, Rob Portman, John McCain and Orrin Hatch; Rep. Susan Brooks; former Attorney General John Ashcroft; and former FCC Chairman John Wiley, among others.
Senator: Iran bill will beat Obama veto
Legislation requiring congressional review of any Iran nuclear deal will get the 67 Senate votes needed to overcome a presidential veto, Sen. Bob Corker predicted Friday.
The Tennessee Republican said despite “drama” around the issue in recent weeks, he believes his legislation will be successful.
“I believe ultimately we will have a veto-proof majority to make that happen,” Corker said during a speech at the Republican National Lawyers Association’s 2015 National Policy Conference.
The Foreign Relations Committee is expected to mark up Corker's bill next month, after a deadline for negotiators to reach a framework for a final deal.
GOP senator: Obama isn't 'comfortable' being commander in chief
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Friday that President Obama isn't "comfortable" making military decisions. "I think this president has never ever been comfortable being commander in chief. He's just not comfortable," Corker said during the Republican National Lawyers Association’s 2015 National Policy Conference.
"He has decision memo after decision memo after decision memo sitting on his desk, I know they are there ... and he cannot bring himself to do it."
Corker was responding to a question about why the United States hasn't provided lethal military support to Ukraine to help combat Russian-backed separatists.
If you missed the 2015 National Policy Conference, watch the highlights on CSPAN:
Republican National Lawyers Association Conference, Senator Rob Portman
Republican National Lawyers Association Conference, Representative Susan Brooks
Republican National Lawyers Association Conference, Senator Bob Corker
Republican National Lawyers Association Conference, Former Governor Ehrlich
Republican National Lawyers Association Conference, National Security Law

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Senator Rob Portman to Speak at the 2015 National Policy Conference

The RNLA is pleased to announce that Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) will be speaking at the 2015 Republican National Lawyers Conference on March 20, 2015. Portman will be addressing the attendees of the Conference to discuss the “View From the Senate.”
Rob Portman is a United States Senator from the state of Ohio. He was elected in 2010, running a campaign that focused on commonsense conservative ideas to help create jobs and get the deficit under control. Rob won with a margin of 57 to 39 percent, Rob Portman is a United States Senator from the state of Ohio. He was elected in 2010, running a campaign that focused on commonsense conservative ideas to help create jobs and get the deficit under control. Rob won with a margin of 57 to 39 percent, winning 82 of Ohio's 88 counties.

Rob was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he lives today with his wife Jane, and their three children, Jed, Will and Sally. He grew up in a small business family, where he learned early on the value of hard work, leadership, and fiscal responsibility. When Rob was young, his dad, Bill Portman, borrowed money to start Portman Equipment Company, where Rob and his brother and sister all worked while growing up. His father, and then his brother, built the family business from a small forklift truck dealership with five employees, with Rob's mom as the bookkeeper, to one that employed more than 300 people. Rob became a lawyer and developed his own private practice, representing Portman Equipment Company and other small businesses. In 1993, Rob was a partner in the Cincinnati law firm of Graydon, Head and Ritchey when he was elected to Congress, where he represented the diverse, seven county Second District in southern Ohio. He was proud to serve the Second District for twelve years, and in seven elections, he never received less than seventy percent of the vote.

During his time representing the Second District, Rob earned a reputation as a serious leader who focused on results. Rob was actively involved in crafting and promoting the historic welfare reform efforts as a member of the committee that wrote the legislation, and he was a forceful advocate of the balanced budget that passed in 1997. Rob gained the respect of both Republican and Democratic colleagues through his successful, bipartisan legislative initiatives, including several measures he authored to increase retirement savings, reform the IRS and add over fifty new taxpayer rights, curb unfunded mandates, reduce taxes, and expand drug prevention and land conservation efforts.
In 2005, Rob left Congress when he was asked to serve as the United States Trade Representative, the Cabinet-level official responsible for implementing and enforcing U.S. trade policy. In his one year in the job, Rob was successful in reducing barriers to U.S. exports and increasing enforcement of trade laws to help level the playing field for American farmers, workers and service providers. Under his leadership, American exports increased and the U.S. brought successful legal challenges against international trade law violations.
Following his accomplishments as Trade Representative, Rob was asked to serve in another Cabinet post, this time as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. A deficit hawk, Rob made his mark by proposing a balanced budget, fighting irresponsible earmarks, and putting in place new transparency measures for all federal spending.
During his first term in the U.S. Senate, Rob authored the Senate Republican Jobs Plan, a seven-point agenda for creating jobs in Ohio and around the country through commonsense policies including tax reform, regulatory reform, and skills training. He has been a champion for underprivileged children, an advocate for policies that reduce poverty and increase opportunity, and a leader on expanding exports and American energy production. Rob has continued the work he began in the House of Representatives on drug abuse prevention and treatment and, through his efforts as part of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, he has played an important role in helping abused and exploited people around the world.
Portman is a member of the Finance Committee, Committee On Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs, Energy And Natural Resources Committee, and Committee On The Budget. He is also Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
To register for the RNLA’s National Policy Conference, visit our events page here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Michael Carvin to Speak at the 2015 National Policy Conference

The RNLA is pleased to announce that Michael Carvin will be speaking at the 2015 National Policy Conference. Carvin will be speaking on the recent case King v. Burwell, a case in which he recently argued before the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act. King v. Burwell addressed whether the IRS may permissibly promulgate regulations to extend tax-credit subsidies to coverage purchased through exchanges established by the federal government under Section 1321 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
In what’s arguably the most important case of the court’s term, Carvin will argued for plaintiffs seeking to upend a fundamental aspect of Obamacare, and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. again defended the government. Both are hailed as brilliant litigators steeped in case law, and their first round in 2012 concluded with each man able to claim a victory of sorts.
This rematch is unlikely to end in the same way. “The operation was a success, but the patient died,” Carvin told others after the justices ruled three years ago. They’d bought his argument that Congress didn’t have a constitutional right to mandate that Americans buy health insurance. But their 5-4 decision upheld the law on the grounds that Congress could tax people who didn’t get coverage.
Carvin focuses on constitutional, appellate, civil rights, and civil litigation against the federal government. He has argued numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court and in virtually every federal appeals court. These cases include the recent constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act and the decisions invalidating Sarbanes-Oxley's accounting board, preventing the Justice Department from obtaining monetary relief against the tobacco industry under RICO, overturning the federal government's plan to statistically adjust the census, limiting the Justice Department's ability to create "majority-minority" districts, and upholding Proposition 209's ban on racial preferences in California. Carvin was one of the lead lawyers, and argued before the Florida Supreme Court, on behalf of George W. Bush in the 2000 election Florida recount controversy. He also has represented state governments, financial institutions, telecommunications, and energy companies in "takings," First Amendment, civil rights, and statutory challenges to federal government actions.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2015 National Policy Conference's Featured Authors

The RNLA’s 2015 National Policy Conference will feature two special authors. The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. is the author of the 2013 book America: Hope for Change which explores the causes and remedies to the seven most difficult issues confronting (and confounding) our culture and country.

Tackling complex issues, former Maryland Governor, US Congressman, Bob Ehrlich presents an urgent call to action on behalf of a conservative, common sense political force that will determine the quality of life for generations to come.
Ehrlich tackles the tough issues, including, the role of government vis-à-vis the individual, strengthening American culture, fiscal practices and debt, healthcare delivery, job creation, social security, and national security. With his more then 25 years of experience leading the charge to restore the greatness of America, Ehrlich offers a solid direction on the policy changes needed for our culture, our government, our health, our jobs, our retirement, our defense, and ourselves. A must read for Americans seeking a battle plan to defeat the progressive agenda in time for the 2016 election year!
Governor Ehrlich is senior counsel in the Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice group at King & Spalding. He advises clients on a broad array of policy matters and their interactions with the federal government. Having served as Governor, U.S. Congressman, state legislator, and civil litigator, he counsels clients on an array of government matters, with particular expertise in health care, finance and economic development. 

Additionally, Sidney Powell, is the author of the 2014 book Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice will also be joining us for the RNLA’s Policy Conference.

A tragic suicide, a likely murder, wrongful imprisonment, and gripping courtroom scenes draw readers into this compelling story giving them a frightening perspective on justice corrupted and who should be accountable when evidence is withheld. Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice is the true story of the strong-arm, illegal, and unethical tactics used by headline-grabbing federal prosecutors in their narcissistic pursuit of power. Its scope reaches from the US Department of Justice to the US Senate, the FBI, and the White House. This true story is a scathing attack on corrupt prosecutors, the judges who turned a blind eye to these injustices, and the president who has promoted them to powerful political positions.

Ms. Powell a former partner in a large regional firm, established a firm dedicated to federal appellate practice, now practicing in the Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Federal Circuits. Powell also consults in federal appeals and litigation involving complex class actions and selected “white-collar” defendants, including the $3 billion national class action against Fibreboard Corporation; real estate transactions, employment law, asbestos injuries, environmental issues, oil and gas matters, contract claims, patent, trademark, copyright, attorney sanctions, civil rights actions, and a wide variety of civil issues. 

Both Governor Ehrlich and Sidney Powell will be available during the conference to sign and sell copies of their books. To register for the RNLA’s 2015 National Policy Conference, please visit our Events page here.

Monday, March 9, 2015


The Republican National Lawyers Association is pleased to honor Dick Wiley with the 2015 Ed Meese award. Wiley was selected for the Ed Meese Award, named after the 65th United States Attorney General, as he has upheld the rule of law in the face of adverse political challenges. The press release with biographical information may be found here.
Above is RNLA Board of Governors Member Dick Wiley (left) with 2012 Romney General Counsel Ben Ginsberg.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Congresswoman Susan Brooks to Speak At the RNLA's 2015 National Policy Conference

The RNLA is pleased to announce that Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) will be one of our featured speakers for the 2015 National Policy Conference.  She currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Ethics Committee and the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi.

In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Susan as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. Serving as the chief federal law enforcement officer for a majority of the Hoosier state, she received bi-partisan acclaim for efforts to battle mortgage fraud, gun violence, drug trafficking, gangs, child exploitation and identity theft.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, Susan pursued a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In May of 2013, Susan was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Marian University in Indianapolis.

Recently, Brooks has been making waves since serving on the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi.  She is the only freshman on the panel, and one of only two who doesn't serve on any of the four House committees that have already investigated the attack.

"I do think it's a good thing to have some fresh perspectives," Brooks said in an interview with  "Maybe some different questions, or maybe a different manner in which we ask the questions will produce some answers."

For more information on the RNLA’s 2015 National Policy Conference and to register, please visit our events page here.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


The Republican National Lawyers Association is pleased to honor Heather Heidelbaugh with the Betty Murphy Award.  The award will be presented to Ms. Heidelbaugh during the RNLA’s 2015 National Policy Conference on March 21, 2015.  The press release with biographical information may be found here.