Proving that the ideas of a free society are popular even in California, Students For Liberty held its first west coast conference just outside Los Angeles at Pepperdine University. The first Southern California Regional Conference brought nearly 100 students to the beautiful Pacific Coast for a full day of intellectual stimulation and networking.

West coast liberty powerhouses like Reason and Governor Gary Johnson joined their “beltway” allies such as IHS and Cato to engage the students. Tom Palmer’s talk inspired the students to continue to take action and LEAP‘s Stephen Downing provided a real world example of activism in his talk about why Prop. 19 should be supported. The students were also given the opportunity to break out into smaller sessions and discuss more specialized topics such as communicating liberty and constitutionalism.

As always the networking was a huge benefit to the students. Whether it was meeting potential employers or meeting nearby students to work with, the conference provided something for everybody. New students were shown the passion and basics of liberty while advanced students continued to be challenged with new intellectual stimulation and arguments for advancing the ideas of a free society.

If you missed this year in Southern California don’t worry, you still have the Northern California conference in Berkeley on November 6… if that doesn’t work then there is always next year, where the conference will be even bigger and more inspiring.