Fixing the Bailout: American University Washington College of Law Holds Conference Addressing Problems with the Bailout Bill, Nov. 21
Conference organizers plan to submit suggested bill amendments to Congress


WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 7, 2008 – The American University Washington College of Law Program on Law and Government will host “The Bailout Bill and The Rule of Law: A Public Participatory Roundtable on Plugging the Bill’s Procedural Leaks,” Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Room 603.

This conference will focus on four significant problem areas in the recently enacted bailout bill: 

(1) Public participation in policymaking is absent

(2) Transparency – unclear and conflicting mandates on transparency
(3) Judicial Review – uncertain judicial review as a meaningful check

(4) Oversight – overlapping oversight mechanisms

“The need for amendments to the bailout bill is hardly surprising given the complexity of the tasks and the deadlines that had to be met,” said Alan Morrison, a visiting professor at Washington College of Law and the conference organizer. “When Congress reconvenes, it needs a fresh look at what it has done so that the 700 billion dollars it has appropriated will be used as effectively as possible.  Unlike most conferences, this one will have a planned follow up: anyone who is interested can participate in drafting suggested amendments that will be forwarded, with or without consensus, to Congress for its inevitable reconsideration of a bill drafted in great haste.”

“The Bailout Bill and the Rule of Law” is free and open to the public (CLE registration is $35 – 4 credits are offered with this program). Register online or email Members of the press should contact Franki Fitterer with questions or for more information – (202) 274-4279.

Conference Schedule – Friday, Nov. 21, 2008

8:30 a.m.          Registration and continental breakfast 

9:00 a.m.          Welcome Remarks and Introductions:  Alan Morrison, Washington College of Law

9:15 a.m.          No role for public participation in major decisions:  Richard Pierce, George Washington University Law School and Jeffrey Lubbers, Washington College of Law

10:30 a.m.         Break

10:45 a.m.         Unclear and conflicting mandates on transparency:  David Vladeck, Georgetown University Law Center

12:00 p.m.        Lunch (sandwiches served)

12:30 p.m.        Uncertain judicial review:  Ronald Levin, Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law & Mark Niles, Washington College of Law

1:45 p.m.          Overlapping oversight and reporting mechanisms:  Curtis Copeland, Congressional Research Service and Paul Light, NYU-Wagner

3:00 p.m.          Adjourn