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President's Message for April
-Mr. Charles Bell, Jr.

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Mr. Charles Bell, Jr.
RNLA’s 25th Anniversary Gala Reception on April 15, 2010 brought out the constellation of outstanding Republican lawyers and leaders. Over two hundred attendees heard featured speakers, former Attorney General Edwin Meese III and Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, laud the RNLA’s achievements during its first 25 years. Founding Chair Robert Horn, immediate Past Chair Dick Wiley, Founding Co-Chair Betty Murphy, former Presidents, George Terwilliger, Peter Schaumber, Craig Burkhardt, Harvey Tettlebaum and JC Boggs were also recognized and honored. RNLA Co-Chair Cleta Mitchell provided her perspective on RNLA’s last ten years, which included the 2000 Florida Recount and RNLA’s recent, leading role in exposing ACORN’s abuse of the tax, election and federal funding laws. RNLA Chair David Norcross introduced RNC Chair Steele who lauded the role that RNLA has played in ensuring election integrity in recent Presidential and by-elections. Distinguished lawyers from around the country, including Bush-Cheney 2000 and 2004 general counsel Ben Ginsberg, former RNC Chief Counsel Tom Josefiak, McCain-Palin 2008 General Counsel Trevor Potter, and current RNC legal counsel John Phillippe, also attended the event.

RNLA’s 11th Annual National Policy Conference on April 16, 2010 at the National Press Club was one of its finest events. U.S. Senators Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts!) and Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) headed the Senate contingent of speakers. Brown discussed his epic election and his agenda of common sense reforms, including holding the line on taxes and spending, protecting the national security in the face of terrorism and breaking the partisan gridlock in the Senate. Sessions discussed the President’s upcoming Supreme Court nomination. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and former Attorney General Ed Meese also appeared as featured speakers, with General Meese presenting the RNLA’s Meese Award to Senator Sessions. General Ashcroft discussed terrorism and national security. Ambassador Bolton offered a trenchant critique of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy with specific reference to Iran, the nuclear arms reduction treaty, and its unusual preferential treatment of America’s adversaries over America’s foreign allies. Luncheon guests were treated to David Bossie’s presentation on the genesis of the Citizens United films and the momentous U.S. Supreme Court decision (Citizens United v. FEC) that invalidated provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (“McCain – Feingold”). The Conference also featured breakout panels on election law (featuring Ben Ginsberg, former FEC Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky and Cameron Quinn, former Director of the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Elections), judicial nominations (featuring former Assistant Attorney General Rachel Brand, Ed Whelan of the Ethics & Public Policy Center, and Curt Levey of the Committee for Justice ), tax policy and developments (featuring former Assistant Attorney General Eileen O’Conner and Mark Prater, Chief Tax Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee) and the constitutionality of Obamacare (featuring Roger Pilon of the CATO Institute and Chuck Clapton, Republican Health Policy Director of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee). All of these panels provided attendees with outstanding updates on the substantive law as well as current political and legal strategies of the Administration and the Republican opposition. The RNLA has also posted several pictures from these events that you can find either at RNLA’s Facebook Fan Page or at the Photo Gallery page on the RNLA website.

The RNLA thanks all the generous sponsors of both of these special events and would like to offer a special thank you to our National Policy Conference Patron Sponsors Manuel Iglesias, Esq., and Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, PA, and Principal Sponsor, Blank Rome, LLP

In addition to the 25th Anniversary Gala Reception and 2010 National Policy Conference, RNLA held additional events in April, including a Georgia Chapter Lunch with former Secretary of State Karen Handel and an election law seminar put on by Minnesota’s RNLA Chapter. Finally, the RNLA DC Chapter held a happy hour on April 9 where members were able to discuss the breaking news of Justice Stevens’ retirement.

Looking ahead, RNLA’s Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter has a Meet and Greet with Pennsylvania Congressional candidate Pat Meehan on April 29. Plans are also being made for a May RNLA Chapter event in Michigan. Finally, RNLA is proud to announce that its DC Chapter will host Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) at a luncheon event at Tony Cheng’s Restaurant on May 17, 2010. Please click here to visit the RNLA's Event page.

Mark your calendars and click here to sign up for the 2010 RNLA National Election Law Seminar, to be held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is adjacent to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, on August 13 and 14, 2010. This event promises to be an outstanding seminar for attorneys who are knowledgeable and experienced, as well as those who want to become more knowledgeable and experienced, in election law as we approach the 2010 mid-term elections. Nearly a dozen Senate, 50 House and numerous State gubernatorial and constitutional officer elections will be at stake in November 2010, affording Republican attorneys unprecedented opportunities to become involved in ensuring the integrity of potentially close elections in your state or elsewhere. The National Election Law Seminar will feature members of Congress, outstanding election law practitioners from around the country, including representatives from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Republican National Committee, the Republican Governors Association, and the Republican State Leadership Committee, as well as former FEC commissioners, State Attorneys General and Secretaries of State. RNLA will offer up to 11.5 CLE credit hours, including one hour of ethics credit, for the program. Equally valuable will be training sessions for those who will be responsible for training other attorneys and party leaders within the states in the run-up to the fall elections.

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