The Florida chapter of the Federalist Society, the powerful organization of conservative lawyers, will meet this weekend in Orlando, and its renewed influence on policy and law Sunshine State will be on display.
Governor Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody will the main speakers on Friday night at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort in Lake Buena Vista.
On Saturday, five of the seven members of the newly configured Florida Supreme Court will be in attendance, including the three appointed by DeSantis over the past few weeks: Carlos Muniz, Barbara Logoa and Robert L. Luck. Chief Justice Charles Canady and Justice C. Alan Lewis will also make an appearance.
The keynote speaker on Saturday will be Kenneth Starr, the former solicitor general of the U.S. best known as the independent counsel who investigated former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
There will also be a couple of panel discussions, where the topics include religious liberty, redistricting and stare decisis. The latter is Latin for “stand by things decided,” or the doctrine of precedent.
In writing about the legal philosophy of the Federalist Society earlier this month, the Phoenix referenced the 2013 book, The Federalist Society: How Conservatives took the Law Back from Liberals, written by attorneys Michael Avery and Danielle McLaughlin.
According to the book, Federalist Society lawyers in government and in conservative public interest firms have moved to “challenge government regulation of the economy; roll back affirmative action; invalidate laws providing access to the courts by aggrieved workers, consumers, and environmentalists; expand state support for religious institutions and programs; oppose marriage equality; increase statutory impediments to women’s ability to obtain an abortion; defend state’s rights; increase presidential power; and otherwise advance a broad conservative agenda.”