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February 3

Michigan Mosquito Control Assoc. Annual meeting

Event Description:
Angela Logomasini--"Presentations on Pesticides and the West Nile Virus: An Examination of Claims". More information coming soon. Conference to take place Febuary 3 & 4
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February 10

The Kyoto Protocol and Beyond: A Roundtable Discussion on the Future of International and U. S. Climate Policy

Event Description:
The Kyoto Protocol will enter into force internationally on February 16th without the participation of the United States or Australia. Myron Ebell, Christopher Horner, and other experts will discuss the prospects for implementing the Kyoto Protocol, what new international agreements and efforts may follow Kyoto, and what this means for future U.S. climate policies. Panelists include: • Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee • Dr. Harlan L. Watson, Senior Climate Negotiator and Special Representative at the U.S. Department of State • William O'Keefe, CEO of the George C. Marshall Institute • Myron Ebell, Director of Global Warming Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute • Christopher C. Horner, Counsel to the Cooler Heads Coalition • Jeff Kueter, Moderator, President of the George C. Marshall Institute Light refreshments Please RSVP by calling Elle Collver at 202-296-9655 or e-mail info@marshall.org
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February 15

The European Union’s Precautionary Approach to Products: Bio-Tech and High-Tech

Event Description:
The program will provide an overview of recent European Union (EU) Directives relating to biotechnology (particularly biotech crops) and waste electrical-electronics and the application of the EU's "precautionary approach" in these fields. The program will include discussions of liability and efforts undertaken by U.S. multinational corporations to comply with the EU precautionary directives. Moderator: Gregory Conko, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC Featured Speakers: Professor Lucas Bergkamp, Hunton & Williams, Brussels, Belgium Stephen Harper, Director, EHS and Energy Policy, Intel Corporation, Washington, DC Mark Mansour, Morgan Lewis & Brockius, Washington, DC
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February 17

Fred Smith to Speak on Social Security

Event Description:
Listen to Fred Smith discuss Social Security.

February 19

In Defense of Innovation : The War Against the Drug Companies

Event Description:
Representative Tim Murphy (PA-18) Sam Kazman, Competitive Enterprise Institute Deroy Murdock, Columnist & Senior Fellow, Atlas Economic Research Foundation Dr. Paul Antony, PhRMA - New Moderator: Dr. Merrill Mathews, Institute for Policy Innovation
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March 3

Is there a Future for McCarran Ferguson, and Should Insurers Care?: An Analysis of Gilchrist v. State Farm and Recent Legislative Proposals to Amend or Repeal McCarran Ferguson

Event Description:
SPEAKERS Chris S. Coutroulis Shareholder, Carlton Fields, P.A. Catherine England, Ph. D. Chair, Accounting, Economics, and Finance Department, Marymount University Adjunct Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute Richard L. Fenton Partner, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP MODERATOR William M. Katz, Jr. Partner, Thompson & Knight L.L.P. Discussion Topics: The McCarran Ferguson Act provides a partial exemption from the federal antitrust laws for the business of insurance, to the extent it is regulated state law. The McCarran Ferguson Act has been re-evaluated and questioned over the years since its enactment in 1945. In late 2004, the Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion in Gilchrist v. State Farm that ordered the dismissal of a proposed class action against several insurers based on the McCarran Ferguson Act, which deprived the federal courts of subject-matter jurisdiction. Chris Coutroulis and Rick Fenton, two lawyers involved in Gilchrist, will provide an analysis of that case and the Eleventh Circuit’s decision. As in prior years, Congress is once again considering proposals to scale back or eliminate the McCarran Ferguson Act and to provide for federal chartering of insurance companies. Professor Catherine England has recently written an article on federal chartering – Federal Insurance Chartering: The Devil’s in the Details – and she will be discussing the proposals in Congress and the prospects for the future of the McCarran Ferguson Act and federal chartering. If you are interested in participating in this program, please RSVP to Bill Katz at 214.969.1330 or at william.katz@tklaw.com. A dial in number will be provided after you RSVP.

March 6

Sam Kazman on WTOP

Event Description:
A half-hour interview with me on the topic of FDA and pharmaceutical regulation will be broadcast on WTOP's "Of Consuming Interest" program this Sunday, March 6, at 10:30 PM, on 104.3 FM, 1500 AM.
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April 17

Private Reception and Policy Briefing to be Hosted by the CEI Board of Directors

Event Description:
On the evening of Sunday, April 17, the Board of Directors of CEI and CEI staff will be hosting a private reception and dinner at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC. The following morning, on Monday, April 18, CEI will host a series of panel discussions to highlight some of our major areas of interest. These briefings will include: “Regulation and the Technology Frontier”, “the Mounting Regulatory Agenda at the FDA”, and “the Politics and Science of the Global Warming Debate.” We will also feature a special guest speaker followed by a luncheon. After lunch, the official business of the Board will begin and invited guests are welcome to sit in on the open portion of this meeting. These events are designed to acquaint invited guests with CEI’s Board of Directors, management and policy teams and to encourage the sharing of ideas and interests. A limited number of hotel rooms are reserved at the Jefferson Hotel for Sunday night, April 17 at the rate of $269 a night. Please call (202) 347-2200 to make hotel reservations. The only costs associated with this event are travel expenses and hotel rooms. All meals from Sunday night to Monday lunch will be covered by CEI. Please Note: This event is by invitation-only.
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May 11

CEI Annual Dinner and Mardi Gras in May Party Keynote Speaker: The Honorable W.J.

Event Description:
Featuring: Keynote speaker, W.J. “Billy” Tauzin President, The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; Former Member of Congress from Louisiana Master of Ceremonies: James K. Glassman Co-founder and Host Tech Central Station www.techcentralstation.com. And, recipient of the 2005 Julian Simon Award Barun S. Mitra Director, The Liberty Institute New Delhi, India
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May 13

Fire Inside the Firewall: Liability for Information Security Breaches

Event Description:
2:10 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Panel I: Information Security Legal Framework and Sources of Liability Moderator: Maury Shenk Panelists: Howard Lipper, Mark MacCarthy, Wayne Crews, and Emily Hancock
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May 13

Southwest Landowner Conference

Event Description:
On Friday, May 13th, landowners and property rights specialists from all across the country will gather at Austin’s Radisson Hotel, overlooking beautiful Town Lake, for the Southwest Landowner Conference. The all day, power packed workshop is being coordinated by two major property rights organizations, the American Land Foundation and Stewards of the Range, and is sponsored in part by LandGuard, a premier legal plan designed for landowners. The SWLC will feature a number of significant presentations from a diverse pool of experts. Several of the nation’s leading property rights attorneys are scheduled to speak about current precedent setting cases they are litigating in the courts. Rancher, author and prominent property rights plaintiff, Wayne Hage, will talk about his experience “in the trenches” while opposing government agencies. Dr. Michael Coffman, president of Environmental Perspectives will make public his newly created maps showing the environmentalist’s master plan to lock up over fifty percent of American soil and will disclose to what degree that plan has been realized. Former Congressman, Helen Chenoweth-Hage will explain the power of the grassroots organizations and their role in affecting public policy in Washington, D.C. Dan Byfield, President of American Land Foundation, will reveal how Texas intends to condemn over a half million acres of private land to build one of the nation’s largest boondoggles for greed and profit. Fred Kelly Grant, Litigation Chairman for Stewards of the Range, will explain how Conservation Easements, Purchase of Development Rights (PDR’s), Smart Growth, Urban Sprawl, Farmland Protection, and other innocent sounding programs are deceiving landowners into giving up their property rights. R.J. Smith from the Center for Private Conservation will bring the latest news from Washington, D.C. about the full court press to amend and reauthorize the Endangered Species Act, without providing any protections for private property. In addition to the regular conference agenda, LandGuard members will have the opportunity to schedule a private session, free of charge, with one of the property rights attorneys to discuss any property rights issues they may be facing. Interested landowners may enroll in LandGuard at the time of registration, and if session time is available, may schedule an appointment on the day of the conference. Registration fees are $75 per person or $125 per couple. Landowners can register by phone at 1-800-452-6389 or online at www.stewards.us. To register by mail, please send name, address, phone number and the appropriate registration fee to: Southwest Landowner Conference c/o American Land Foundation P. O. Box 1033 Taylor, TX 76574
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May 19

Mardi Gras in May Photos

Event Description:
Click on link below to see photos from event.
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May 19

CEI Dinner Photos

Event Description:
See yourself at the CEI annual dinner!
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May 26

Conference on “The Role of the State Attorney General: Differing Perspectives"

Event Description:
WHAT: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. panel: Are Activist Attorneys General Undermining the Rule of Law? A Discussion of Problems and Solutions (featuring Michael Greve) Event is free: RSVP: Brent Tjarks at 202-463-3187 or btjarks@uschamber.com
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June 13

Intellectual Property Issues for Digital Networks

Event Description:
A discussion of the challenges facing broadcasting and content industries in distributing digital media in a way that protects IP rights and enhances consumer welfare yet minimizes the need for government involvement.
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June 16

The Legal/Legislative Battle over Muni Wi-Fi

Event Description:
As the city and county governments of the USA look at big hot-zone/cloud deployments, which are sometimes funded by tax payer dollars, critics are crying foul, claiming it's intrusive, coercive, and, worst, it will be bungled by the bureaucrats. Defenders say it has to be done, and if private companies and carriers could do it (or cared), it would already be working. As the debate rages, many states have passed or are considering legislation that would make it illegal for municipalities to get into the broadband business, whether wireless or otherwise. Get the facts (and opinions) from both sides about what promises to be the biggest fight wireless has ever seen. Moderator: Eric Griffith, Managing Editor, Wi-Fi Planet.com Speakers: Jim Baller, Founder, Baller Herbst Law Group, P.C. Braden Cox, Technology Counsel, Competitive Enterprise Institute Bill Gurley, Venture Capitalist, Benchmark Capital David P. McClure, President and CEO, US Internet Industry Association Sascha Meinrath, Co-founder and Project Coordinator, Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network
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July 19

Free Trade Can Free Oppressed Societies, with Iain Murray

Event Description:
"Free trade can free oppressed societies" will be the theme of the conference and this will be discussed by leading political figures from around the world. World leaders who are in Washington DC to attend the IDU Party Leaders Meeting, will speak at Freedom Forum 2005.
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July 27

Marlo Lewis testifies

Event Description:
Marlo Lewis to testify in front of House Government Reform Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs on regulatory reform.
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August 2

Climate Change Policy After The G-8 Summit

Event Description:
What were the results of the G-8 Summit on climate policy? How do those results differ from existing U.S. policy? Where is U.S. and international policy headed after the G-8 Summit? A panel of experts on U.S. and international climate change policy will discuss these and related questions. Panelists include: · Roger Bate, American Enterprise Institute. Dr. Bate is a Resident Fellow at AEI and the director of the health advocacy group Africa Fighting Malaria. He researches water policy in developing countries, health policy and endemic diseases (AIDS and malaria), international environmental and health agreements, and the role of aid agencies and NGOs in developing countries. · Lee Lane, Climate Policy Center. Mr. Lane, the Executive Director of CPC, has written and spoken extensively on environment, intergenerational politics, transportation policy, and international trade. He has more than 20 years of senior executive experience in the corporate sector, including as Vice President of CSX Corporation. He has also worked with trade associations and as the president of a policy and advocacy consulting firm. · Marlo Lewis, Competitive Enterprise Institute. Dr. Lewis is a Senior Fellow at CEI, where he writes on global warming, energy policy, and other public policy issues. His areas of study include the science, economic and politics of global warming policy, the precautionary principle, environmentalism and religion, and the moral basis of free enterprise. For reservations, please call Elle Collver at 202-296-9655 or email info@marshall.org
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August 31

Science Writers Workshop Program

Event Description:
1) The Frankenfood Myth: How Protest and Politics Threaten the Biotech Revolution: In this provocative luncheon and Q&A session, book author Gregory Conko will discuss the international backlash from consumer groups and government agencies against so-called “Frankenfoods.” Conko argues that a conspiracy of anti-technology activism, bureaucratic overreach, and industry maneuvering has led to a regulatory framework that squanders advances in biotechnology and denies farmers and consumers the benefits of gene splicing. 2)The Precautionary Principle, Risk Analysis, and Biotech Regulation: Although risk analysis long has been the standard decision-making tool for government regulators, there has been a growing movement to supplement it with a new decision tool: the Precautionary Principle. The basic idea is that if a proposed activity might lead to serious damage to human or ecological health, regulators are justified in imposing restrictions on those who would engage in that activity, even if scientific standards for establishing cause-effect connections between the activity and the damage are not met. This principle is at the heart of the genetically modified foods debate. It has been incorporated into the Kyoto Protocol and other international treaties, as well as the environmental policies of states and municipalities. In this workshop, a diverse set of scholars and policy analysts will evaluate the promises and pitfalls of the Precautionary Principle.
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September 27

Heritage Foundation Luncheon Seminar

Event Description:
Sam Kazman speech: "Post-Katrian Energy Policy: Do We Need Another Energy Bill?"

September 27

Waste Association of North America Conference

Event Description:
Angela Logomasini presentation on Ewaste

September 29

Kauffman Foundation and Technology Transfer Society

Event Description:
John Berlau speech on Sarbanes-Oxley

October 22

The Property Rights Foundation of America Presents - The Burning Quest: Rules of Engagement for Defending Our Property

Event Description:
The only nationally acclaimed yearly conference devoted exclusively to private property rights. Make a difference! Please join us to celebrate private property with a unique experience of learning and inspiration at our Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights. Gather with freedom-loving people from all walks of life, who believe deep in their hearts in the fundamental human right to own and use private property. Hear and meet bold leaders who share cutting edge information on private property rights. Grassroots leaders and prominent national experts will describe how they are initiating real change to restore our rights.
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October 28

Congressional Seminar: Tailoring Telecommunications Reform -- Charting a Path for Deregulation

Event Description:
Speakers: • Braden Cox, Technology Counsel, Competitive Enterprise Institute • James Gattuso, Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation • Randolph May, Senior Fellow and Director of Communications Policy Studies, Progress & Freedom Foundation • Blair Levin, Managing Director, Legg Mason • Moderator: Wayne Crews, Vice President for Regulatory Policy and Director of Technology Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute The rules that govern the telecommunications industry in the United States have been made increasingly irrelevant by recent technological developments. Unless current regulations are phased out, they will continue to add unnecessary costs onto consumers and burden economic growth. How should we transition from current laws to future deregulation? Please join us for lunch and a moderated panel discussion where we will discuss the future of telecom deregulation. In a CEI report released this week about communications reform, Communications without Commissions: A National Plan for Reforming Telecom Regulation, Braden Cox and Wayne Crews assert that Congress must act in tailored, incremental ways that change communications law and reforms the agency that administers it. First, it should establish clear boundaries as to whether an area of communications should be regulated by federal or state governments. Additionally, Congress must restrict the role of the Federal Communications Commission in future communications regulation. The communications of the future is upon us. However, the laws of the past are still with us. The salient question for the present (and at this lunch event) is whether we still need a Commission to oversee our communications needs. Those interested in attending should RSVP by sending your name, affiliation and contact information to rsvp@cei.org or to Megan Mclaughlin at 202.331.1010

November 2

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reconsidered

Event Description:
Speakers include: Fred Smith, President, CEI Jim Glassman, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Bryan O’Keefe, Research Assistant, AEI Peter Flaherty, President, National and Legal Policy Center Nick Nichols, Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University Paul Driessen, Senior Fellow, Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise Wayne Winegarden, Chief Economist, Sterling International Ed Hudgins, Executive Director, The Objectivist Center David Hogberg, Executive Director, Capital Research Center Steven Milloy, Portfolio Manager, Free Enterprise Action Fund Speakers at the CSR Reconsidered Conference will address questions such as: Does CSR distract business from business? Is CSR an end-run around democracy for the political Left, which views CSR as a way to have businesses implement its social and political agenda? Will CSR prevent economic and social progress in the developing world by establishing barriers to free enterprise? CSR Reconsidered will give policymakers, business leaders and the media an alternative view of what constitutes CSR, who is supporting it and why. This conference is jointly sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Free Enterprise Education Institute and the National Legal and Policy Center. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to John Carlisle at carlisle@nlpc.org.

November 2

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Regulatory Affairs Committee

Event Description:
CEI Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis will speak on "Reviving Regulatory Reform."

November 18

CEI Congressional Seminar on Windfall Profits Taxes

Event Description:
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita temporarily shut in approximately one-third of U.S. oil and gas production and one-fourth of U.S. refining capacity at a time when strong global demand for petroleum products had already pushed U.S. gasoline prices to their highest levels since the early 1980s. As gasoline prices rose to record levels, so did oil industry profits. Several Members of Congress and many activists propose to tax away those allegedly "excessive" or "windfall" profits, and reallocate a portion of the revenues to consumers as "rebates." Among other issues, the panel will discuss: (1) Are today's high oil industry profits a cause or an effect of high gasoline prices, and what factors determine gasoline prices? (2) What is the oil industry's earnings rate, and how does it compare to those of other industries? (3) How large are oil company profits compared to oil company tax payments and capital investment? (4) Was the oil & gas industry response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita an example of market failure or market success? (5) Do bans on oil & gas exploration and development render America more vulnerable to Katrina-like disruptions and gasoline price spikes? (6) Should supply and demand determine gasoline prices and oil industry profits, or should Congress regulate the industry as a public utility, setting "reasonable rates of return" based on companies' costs of production? (7) What are the likely effects of windfall profits taxes on U.S. energy supply and energy security? Please join us for a lunch and a panel to discuss windfall profits taxes. >> >> RSVP: Since we will be serving lunch, please RSVP to RSVP@cei.org so we can be sure to order enough food.
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December 15

WORKSHOP: Ethical and Social Implications of Biometric Identification Technology:

Event Description:
As biometric identification technology attains a larger presence in everyday life, the issues of potential data misuse and high-tech surveillance will become paramount. Information technologies are de-centred, dispersed and disseminated, and their control and use are largely in the hands of the individuals, citizens’ groups, and enterprises. The governance challenge is no longer democratic control over centralized systems— as it was in the 20th century - but governance over decentralised, distributed systems. The current political and legal infrastructures – shaped on “hard” technology – are likely to be inadequate and expecting to deal with biometric identification technology following old schemes would be worse than wrong, would be counterproductive. There is thus a need for an international initiative on ethical and social implications of biometrics. This initiative should promote research on policies for enhanced security, respect for privacy, respect for human dignity, technological transparency. By bringing together an international, multidisciplinary group of experts involved – at various levels and in various ways – in policy advising, this workshop aims to be such an initiative.
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