Commander-in-Chief Authority: Congress vs. the President (Federalist Society event)

The Federalist Society, Phoenix Lawyers Chapter Cordially Invites you to Join us for a Discussion on:

Commander-in-Chief Authority: Congress vs. the President

Wednesday, April 25th, 11:30-1pm
One Hour of Arizona CLE Credit Available
Wrigley Mansion
2501 E. Telawa Trail
Phoenix AZ 85016
Speakers include:

*       Honorable Ronald A. Cass, Chairman of the Center for the Rule of Law and Dean Emeritus Boston University Law School
*       Charles Blanchard, Partner Perkins Coie and former General Counsel to the U.S. Army
*       Major William Fay, Arizona attorney, Officer in the Arizona National Guard and Iraq War Veteran
*       Mark Brnovich, Phoenix Lawyers Chapter Executive Committee Member and former Judge Advocate General Officer (Moderator)

Some members of the U.S. Congress are attempting to use the “power of the purse” to place restrictions on the use of funds by the Administration in the conduct of the War on Terror. Various potential restrictions being discussed include an exacting timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, and the imposition of benchmarks and goals with a timeframe for mandatory reports by the President as well as for their ultimate achievement. Critics of the proposed requirements argue that Congress is attempting to micromanage the war, infringing on the President’s Commander in Chief authority in violation of fundamental separation of powers principles. Proponents assert that Congress is well within its rights when attaching conditions on the expenditure of appropriated funds. Who has the better argument?

Registration details:
Lunch is available from 11:30-12 noon. The event will start promptly at 12:00 noon.
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$15 for lunch; add $10 for 1 hour CLE credit.
Please RSVP to Nicole Nugent at or 480-557-8300 no later than Friday, April 20, 2007.

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