December 14, 2018

2018 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference

Featuring Michael Glennon, Tufts University; Susan Hennessy, Brookings Institution & Lawfare; Andrew Ferguson, Clarke Law School, University of the District of Columbia; Heather West, Mozilla; Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Brennan Center; Jennifer Daskal, Washington College of Law, American University; Spencer Ackerman, The Daily Beast; Hannah Quay-de la Vallee, Center for Democracy and Technology.

September 25, 2018

Of Rockets and Robotics: The Regulation of Emerging Aerial Technology

Confirmed speakers include Richard Aboulafia, Vice President of Analysis, Teal Group; Diana Marina Cooper, Senior Vice President of Policy & Strategy, PrecisionHawk; Rob Hawks, Manager of the Operations Law Branch at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel; Christopher Koopman, Senior Director of Strategy and Research at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University; Jake Laperruque, Senior Counsel, Project on Government Oversight; Brendan Schulman, Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs at DJI; Jason Snead, Policy Analyst at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Heritage Foundation; and Matt Voska, CEO and Cofounder of Flytenow.

September 12, 2018

Fintech Unbound: The Cato Summit on Financial Regulation

Featuring Hester Peirce, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Balaji Srinivasan, Chief Technology Officer, Coinbase; Paul Watkins, Director, Office of Innovation, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection; Barry Wides, Deputy Comptroller for Community Affairs, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Gerry Tsai, Director of Applications and Fintech, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Spencer Bogart, Partner, Blockchain Capital LLC; John Collins, Partner, FS Vector; Matthew Feeney, Director, Project on Emerging Technologies, Cato Institute; Lydia Mashburn, Managing Director, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute; Richard Neiman, Head of Regulatory and Government Affairs, LendingClub; Andrea O’Sullivan, Coauthor of Bitcoin: A Primer for Policymakers; Jay Reinemann, Partner, Propel Venture Partners; Ryan Zagone, Director of Regulatory Relations, Ripple; Diego Zuluaga, Policy Analyst, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute; J.W. Verret, Associate Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.

January 23, 2018

Opportunities for Reform in 2018: The Domestic Agenda

Opportunities for Reform in 2018: The Domestic Agenda

Featuring David Bier, Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Colin Grabow, Policy Analyst, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Chris Edwards, Editor,, Cato Institute; and Michael D. Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Matthew Feeney, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute.

October 18, 2017

Criminal Justice at a Crossroads

Confirmed speakers include: Hon. Jed Rakoff, Senior Judge, District Court for the Southern District of New York; Chief J. Thomas Manger, Montgomery County, Maryland and president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association; Chief Ron Davis (ret.), East Palo Alto, California Police Department and principal consultant, 21st Century Policing Strategies LLC; Hon. Steven S. Alm, judge (ret.), First Circuit Court of Hawai’i, creator of HOPE Probation; Dara Lind, senior reporter,; Scott Greenfield, criminal defense attorney and editor of Simple Justice; Sgt. Renée J. Mitchell, American Society of Evidence-Based Policing; Suja Thomas, professor of law at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Laura Donohue, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center; Jay Ahern, principal and security services practice leader at The Chertoff Group and former acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Leo Beletsky, professor, School of Law & Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University; Alyssa Rosenberg, opinion writer, Washington Post; Amy Bach, Executive Director and President of Measures for Justice; Mike Riggs, reporter, Reason; Zachary Bolitho, Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General; William R. Kelly, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Criminology and Criminal Justice Research at the University of Texas at Austin; and Jeffrey Miron, director of economic studies at the Cato Institute and senior lecturer on economics and director of undergraduate studies at Harvard University.

September 28, 2017

The Future of the First Amendment

Featuring Robert F. Bauer, New York University Law School; Jeffrey Milyo, University of Missouri; Martin Redish, Northwestern Law School; Walter Olson, Cato Institute; Robin Fretwell Wilson, University of Illinois Law School; John M. Barry, author of Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul; Eugene Volokh, UCLA Law School and Founder, The Volokh Conspiracy; Emily Ekins, Cato Institute; Matthew Feeney, Cato Institute; Flemming Rose, Cato Institute; Danielle Keats Citron, University of Maryland School of Law.

December 7, 2016

The State of American Criminal Justice

The State of American Criminal Justice - PANEL 1: The Human Toll of Incarceration

Featuring Kevin Ring, Vice President, Families against Mandatory Minimums, Marc Mauer, Executive Director, Sentencing Project, Keeda Haynes, Public Defender, Nashville Defenders, Tracey Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law, Yale University, Elizabeth Joh, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis, Walter Katz, Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose, Maj. Max Geron, Dallas Police Department, Harvey Silverglate, Counsel Attorney, Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, Hon. Shira Scheindlin, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York (ret.); Of Counsel, Stroock, Stroock, & Lavan LLP, Ken White, Attorney, Brown, White & Osborn, LLP, Moderated by Adam Bates, Policy Analyst, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute, Matthew Feeney, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute, Jonathan Blanks, Research Associate, Cato Institute, Trevor Burrus, Research Fellow, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute.

October 12, 2016

Fall Fables & Fallacies: The Truth about Policing in America

Fall Fables & Fallacies: The Truth about Policing in America

Featuring Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute; Adam Bates, Policy Analyst, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute; Jonathan Blanks, Managing Editor of; Research Associate, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute; and Matthew Feeney Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; moderated by Peter Russo, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.

September 27, 2016

The Domestic Drone Revolution: Risks and Rewards in Perspective

The Domestic Drone Revolution: Risks and Rewards in Perspective - Opening Remarks and Panel 1: Drones, Law Enforcement, and Civil Liberties

Panelists include Tim Adelman, attorney, LeclairRyan; Kristi Lane Scott, Deputy Director, Office of Privacy & Civil Liberties, United States Department of Justice; Patrick Eddington, policy analyst, homeland security and civil liberties, Cato Institute; Matthew Feeney, policy analyst at the Cato Institute; Travis R. Hall, telecommunications policy analyst, National Telecommunications and Information Administration; Arthur Holland Michel, co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College; Don Roby, training program manager, Airborne Law Enforcement Association; Stephanie Spear, commercial regulatory policy representative, National Association of Realtors; Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst at the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project; and Justin Towles, vice president, regulatory and legislative affairs, American Association of Airport Executives.

December 1, 2015

Policing in America

Policing in America: Welcoming Remarks and Panel 1: The Costs and Benefits of Emerging Police Technologies

Featuring Jerry Ratcliffe, Chair, Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University; Cynthia Lum, Associate Professor, George Mason University Department of Criminology, Law and Society and Director, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy; David A. Klinger, Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis; Vicki Gaubeca, Director, Regional Center for Border Rights, ACLU-New Mexico; Samuel Walker, Emeritus Professor, University of Nebraska-Omaha; Wadie E. Said, Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law; Clark Neily, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice; Nathan Freed Wessler, Staff Attorney, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, American Civil Liberties Union; William Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor of History and Director, Africana Studies Institute, University of Connecticut; Alex Rosenblat, Researcher and Technical Writer at the Data & Society Research Institute; and Emily Ekins, Cato Institute.