Southern California Regional Conference

Saturday, November 9th - Hosted by the Pepperdine University College Libertarians

Join Students For Liberty at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA on Saturday, November 9th for the 4th annual Students For Liberty Southern California Regional Conference. Once a hotbed of the nascent libertarian movement, southern California is once again growing into a powerhouse of student activism for liberty. The conference has grown every year since its founding and we are excited to see it grow even more this year!

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!

  • Where: Pepperdine University Hahn Fireside Room, located within the Tyler Campus Center, near the undergraduate cafe. The address is 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA, 90263.
  • Host: Pepperdine University College Libertarians
  • When: November 9th, 2013
  • Conference: 9am – 8pm
  • Social: 8pm – 10pm
  • Cost: FREE of Charge
  • Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/704858689529240/

Eugene Volokh

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Eugene Volokh is a nationally recognized expert on the First Amendment, cyberspace law, harassment law, and gun control. He is also a member of the American Law Institute, and of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, as well as an academic affiliate with the Mayer Brown LLP law firm. Professor Volokh clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in math-computer science at age fifteen. He then worked for twelve years as a computer programmer and is still a partner in a small software company which sells HP 3000 software that he wrote. Professor Volokh has written over 60 law review articles and over 80 op-eds on constitutional law, cyberspace law, and other topics. He is also the author of the casebook The First Amendment: Problems, Cases, and Policy Arguments (3d ed. 2007); the textbook Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review (3d ed. 2007); and the Volokh Conspiracy Web log, http://volokh.com, which gets about 25,000 unique visitors per weekday. A 2002 survey by University of Texas law professor Brian Leiter listed him as the third most cited law professor among those who entered teaching after 1992.


Dr. David D Friedman

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

David D. Friedman is a leading proponent of anarcho-capitalism, the theory that the state is an unnecessary evil and that all services, including the law itself, can be provided by voluntary cooperation in the private economy. While Friedman holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago, he is chiefly known for his scholarly contributions to economics and law. He is the author of five books of non-fiction as well as the novels Harald and Salamander. In The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, Friedman argued that an economic analysis of impact of state action points to an anarchist conclusion. In Law’s Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters, he shows how directing the law to seek economic efficiency can lead to the achievement of justice. Friedman stands in contrast to many other anarchists because of his “consequentialist” approach. Rather than argued that humans have inviolable natural rights which it is always wrong to violate, he uses cost-benefit analysis to assert that a world without government is better than one ruled by states.


Conor Friedersdorf

After graduating college, Friedersdorf worked for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. He began writing for The Atlantic in November 2009. He was an intern for The Daily Dish blog, and in 2010 was hired as Senior Editor and “underblogger” to Andrew Sullivan. In an article in The Atlantic, Friedersdorf laid out his argument for why he refused to vote for Barack Obama. In his argument, he claimed that Obama terrorizes innocent Pakistanis on an almost daily basis, secretly orders and oversees the extrajudicial killing of American citizens, and committed U.S. forces to war in Libya without Congressional approval.


Tom W. Bell

Professor Bell has taught at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law since 1998. His scholarship focuses on copyrights, high-tech and internet law, consent theory, and the Third Amendment.  His latest book, “Intellectual Privilege:  Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good” (Mercatus 2013), argues for rolling back federal regulation of expressive works.  On the practical side, Bell’s offers consultation services to law schools trying to master the “U.S. News & World Report” rankings and to companies working in the startup cities industry. Bell received his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993, where he served both as a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and as Articles Editor and cofounder of the University of Chicago Legal Roundtable. After graduating from law school, Professor Bell joined the Silicon Valley law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He entered teaching in 1995, when he became an Assistant Professor of Law in the Law and Technology Program at the University of Dayton School of Law. During a one year leave of absence from that school, and just prior to joining the Chapman faculty, he served as Director of Telecommunications and Technology Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.


Judd Weiss

Judd Weiss received the Remax Hall of Fame Award after ranking among the top 10 Agents in the state of California, and among the top 20 Agents in the world at Remax Commercial for multiple years during his mid 20s. He soon began his own independent Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, where he trained a growing team of Sales Agents focused on high-value, high-pressure negotiations. Judd has become noteworthy in Libertarian circles for hosting frequent high quality cocktail party events featuring sophisticated attractive crowds with high profile libertarian speakers and organizations, including Gary Johnson, Peter Schiff, Yaron Brook, Robert Greene, Reason Foundation, Marijuana Policy Project, among others. As an established salesman, Judd focuses his message on connecting with people, and has successfully brought political ideas of liberty to many who would otherwise be opposed or apathetic. As a very prolific photographer Judd now has over 2000 Facebook profile pictures attributed to him, including many from libertarian events.


Christina Tobin

Christina Tobin is the founder and chair of the Free & Equal Elections Foundation, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating open and transparent elections that give power back to the individual voter. Tobin started her career as a non-partisan ballot access coordinator. An expert in defending signatures and coordinating petition drives, Tobin helped gather and defend over 1 million signatures for the Green Party, Constitution Party, Republican Party, Democratic Party, Libertarian Party, Socialist, Equality Party and independents. Tobin’s recent activities have emphasized electoral reform and bringing visibility to alternative candidates. In 2008, she organized debates for the presidential and vice presidential candidates, and 2010, Tobin organized a series of debates for the Illinois gubernatorial candidates. Tobin also ran as the Libertarian Party candidate for California Secretary of State in 2010. Most recently, Tobin co-moderated the 2012 Presidential debate with media personality Larry King on October 23. The debate provided a venue for four U.S. presidential candidates from the Constitution, Green, Justice, and Libertarian parties to address topics that the mainstream debates censored, drawing worldwide attention to our two-party-dominated electoral system.


Matt Zwolinski

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Matt Zwolinski is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, and co-director of USD’s Institute for Law and Philosophy. He is the editor of Arguing About Political Philosophy (2nd edition forthcoming with Routledge in 2014), the founder of the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog, and author (with John Tomasi) of A Brief History of Libertarianism (forthcoming with Princeton University Press in 2014), along with numerous papers on various theoretical and practical issues involving the concept of exploitation.


Lana Harfoush

Lana Harfoush is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Moving Picture Institute — a nonprofit that promotes freedom through film.  She is a former College of Public Interest Law Fellow at the Pacific Legal Foundation, where she filed briefs in courts around the country in the areas of Economic Liberty and Individual Rights. Lana is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she earned a B.A. in Law, Letters & Society and a minor in visual art.  As a Fulbright Grantee in Vienna, Austria from 2008-2009, she conducted research on the Austrian economy and volunteered at the Hayek Institute. She graduated from Pepperdine School of Law in 2012, where she was the school’s Federalist Society Chapter President and a Lead Articles Editor for the Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law. She was a Koch Summer Fellow and law clerk at the Pacific Legal Foundation in 2010 as well as a law clerk at the Goldwater Institute in 2011.  She currently serves on the FEE Alumni Board and has been the Master of Ceremonies at several Students for Liberty regional conferences.


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