James Bovard and Dan Alban


James Bovard is the author of ten books, including Public Policy Hooligan, Attention Deficit Democracy, and Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many other publications. He is a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors, a contributing editor for American Conservative magazine and The Freeman, and a regular contributor to the Future of Freedom’s Freedom Daily.

The Wall Street Journal called Bovard “the roving inspector general of the modern state,” the New York Times tagged him “an anti-czar Czar,” and Washington Post columnist George Will called him a “one-man truth squad.”

His writings have been publicly denounced by the chief of the FBI, the chief of the TSA, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Postmaster General, the Sierra Club, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Washington Post, among others.




Dan-AlbanDan Alban serves as an attorney with the Institute for Justice. He litigates cutting-edge constitutional cases protecting free speech, property rights, economic liberty and other individual liberties in both federal and state courts.

Before joining IJ, Dan practiced employment law in the Tysons Corner office of Littler Mendelson P.C., with a focus on employment litigation in both federal courts and Virginia state court.   Prior to that, he served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  Dan started his legal career in private practice at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC, working primarily in telecommunications litigation and mass media regulatory law.

Dan received his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2006, where he was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.  From 2000 to 2003, Dan worked at the Institute for Humane Studies in Arlington, Virginia.  In 2000, Dan earned his undergraduate degree in Political Rhetoric from Berry College in Rome, Georgia.  Dan originally hails from Nampa, Idaho.





8:40   –    9:20       Registration (coffee and tea)

9:20   –    9:30       Opening Remarks

9:30   –  10:30       Victimizing the Vulnerable: Property Rights After Kelo            Dan Alban

10:30   –  11:00       Discussion Groups

11:00   –  11:15       Break

11:20   –  12:20       The War on Freedom                                                          James Bovard

12:25   –    1:15       Lunch

1:30   –    2:30       Fighting for the Little Guy: Saving Us from Cronyism               Dan Alban

2:30   –    3:00       Discussion Groups

3:00   –    3:15       Break

3:15   –    4:15       The Current State & Future Prospects for American Liberty       James Bovard


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