Northwest Regional Conference

Saturday, November 2nd - Hosted by the University of Washington Young Americans for Liberty

Join Students For Liberty at the University of Washington on Saturday, November 2nd for the second annual Students For Liberty Northwestern Regional Conference. The student movement for liberty has seen incredible growth lately, especially in the Pacific Northwest. This conference will continue the trend of bringing together young activists from all over the region for an incredible event.

By attending the conference, you will hear from top speakers in the libertarian movement, network with other pro-liberty students, discover countless opportunities for jobs, internships, conferences and seminars, and have a lot of fun with other students. This day-long event will feature tremendous speakers, panels, and breakout sessions on the ideas behind a free society and the actions necessary to implement them. In addition, three free meals and drinks at our evening social are included with your FREE registration. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the student movement for liberty! Register at the bottom of this page!

Keynote Speaker – Tom G. Palmer, VP of the Atlas Network & Cato Senior Fellow

Tom G. Palmer is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and director of Cato University, the Institute’s educational arm. Palmer is also the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, published in 2009, and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism, published in 2011. Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.


Trevor Burrus

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Trevor Burrus is a research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, and legal history. His work has appeared in the Vermont Law Review, the Syracuse Law Review, the Jurist, as well as the Washington Times, Huffington Post, the Daily Caller, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and USA Today. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.


Michael Thomas

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Michael D. Thomas is a public choice economist who earned a PhD in economics from George Mason university in 2009. He has also studied at Duke University while a fellow at the History of Political Economy Center for the academic year 2008-2009. Michael has published papers in Kyklos, the Journal of City and Town Management, the Review of Austrian Economics, and the Journal of Private Enterprise.  He has also published policy studies on the unintended consequences of regulation. He is currently working as an clinical assistant professor at Utah State University where he studies transportation economics, regulation policy, and welfare economics. His wife, Diana W. Thomas is an assistant professor of economics at USU. Michael’s interest in monetary economics was stimulated while earning a Masters degree at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and while selling mortgage loans during 2001-2003 as a loan originator. Michael received his bachelors degree from the University of Alabama in 2001 and is an avid college football fan.


Joseph Cohn

Joseph Cohn, FIRE’s Legislative and Policy Director, is a 2004 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Fels Institute of Government Administration, where he earned his Juris Doctor and Masters in Government Administration. Prior to law school, Joe attended the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV), where he graduated cum laude and co-founded the university’s ACLU chapter. A former staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and law clerk in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Joe joins FIRE having demonstrated a career-long dedication to advancing the cause of civil liberties. He has served as a staff attorney at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, where his work earned him accolades from The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly(“2007 Lawyer on the Fast Track”) in 2007 and from Super Lawyers magazine (“Rising Star”) in 2008. In 2010, Joe taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School as an adjunct professor, where he lectured on good trial practices and supervised law students as they represented real clients in both state and federal courts. Just prior to joining FIRE, Joe served as the interim legal director for ACLU affiliates in Nevada and Utah.


Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller is an Associate Professor of Economics at Western Carolina University. His research is focused primarily on economic beliefs and education. He is currently working on a book that examines public opinion data on attitudes toward markets and economic freedom. He also researches and  speaks on topics related to labor and population growth. Before receiving his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, he was a health policy researcher at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.



Matt McCally

Matt McCally is a speaker with Law Enforcement Again Prohibition. Matt was offered what he considered the ideal job some years ago: probation officer with the Washington State Department of Corrections.  Nevertheless, Matt had a nagging doubt about the rules concerning drug users. The judges Matt assisted wanted drug violators to be employed and in treatment — not in jail — but the DOC had different expectations. That realization was a turning point for Matt. He could no longer fool himself about the War on Drugs.

Matt attended Waseda University in Tokyo, where he studied the Japanese criminal justice system. He later earned a BA from Regents College while on active duty in the Army. After being honorably discharged, he moved to Seattle to study law at the University of Washington. In 1999, he was graduated from the Des Moines (WA) Police Department’s Reserve Officer Academy. He has served for the past several years as an academician: first as an instructor of history and legal studies at a junior college, then as an admissions counselor at a private university.

A seasoned political activist, Matt has been involved in drug policy reform on various fronts: as a volunteer with local and state ballot initiatives, as the one-time host of a talk radio program on KVI 570 in Seattle, as the press spokesman for several candidates for elected office, and as the former chairman of the Libertarian Party of Washington State. He currently writes a bi-weekly column on politics and public policy for the Federal Way (WA) Mirror.



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