Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
The Federalist Society describes itself as a “a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order” and as a counter to law schools that are “dominated by a form of orthodox liberal ideology.” 
The Federalist Society was founded in 1982. It maintains a Student Division, Lawyers Division, and Faculty Division. The faculty division was established in 1999 with the goal to “provide events and other tools to help encourage constructive academic discourse.” The Federalist Society also “provides opportunities for effective participation in the public policy process.” 
The Federalist Society claims it does not take positions on legal or policy issues: “The Society is about ideas. We do not lobby for legislation, take policy positions, or sponsor or endorse nominees and candidates for public service,” its FAQ page reads. 
While claiming a neutral stance, the Society has consistently published articles and hosted debates that frame investigations into ExxonMobil and think tanks that questioning the existence of man-made climate change as attacks on free speech. For example, Federalist Society member C. Boyden Gray wrote in Forbes that the efforts by attorneys general to investigate ExxonMobil were a misguided “climate change inquisition.” 
George Mason University Ties
The Federalist Society maintains a George Mason Univeristy Student Chapter, as well as an overwhelming number of contributors and staff members that overlap with positions, studies, or other associations with GMU. Many have direct ties either to the Mercatus Center at GMU, or to the Antonin Scalia Law School. 
GMU president Angel Cabrera said the agreements “fall short of the standards of academic independence I expect any gift to meet.” His admission came three days after a judge began looking into the university’s previous refusal to release documents. 
The released donor agreements shed light onto million-dollar deals where the Koch Foundation would endow a fund to pay the salary for professors at the Mercatus Center. As part of the agreement, two members of a five-member committee could be chosen by donors to select the professor for the position. View an example of such an agreement, via The Washington Post. , 
While heavily redacted, the documents also revealed some details of a $10 million donation from the Koch Foundation and a $20 million donation from an anonymous donor that occurred in conjunction with GMU renaming its law school after Antonin Scalia. While the donor is not named, Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the conservative Federalist Society, ws mentioned as a representative for the donor. 
“Private donors have been provided influence over faculty affairs at our public university,” Bethany Letiecq, president of the American Association of University Professors at GMU, said. “This is a violation of the public trust.” 
Below are some examples of individuals who are contributors at the Federalist Society and also have ties to GMU:
- Adam White —Director, Center for the Study of the Administrative State and Adjunct Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.
- David Wagner — J.D. 1992, George Mason University School of Law.
- Kyndra Rotunda — Former director, Clinic for Legal Assistance to Service Members at George Mason School of Law.
- James Cooper — Associate Professor of Law and Director, Program on Economics, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.
- Todd Zywicki — Foundation Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.
- Paolo Saguato — Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.
- Christopher Newman — Assistant Professor, George Mason University School of Law.
- Craig S. Lerner — Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law.
- Sandra Aistars — Clinical Professor and Senior Scholar and Director of Copyright , George Mason University.
- Ilya Somin — Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.
- Jamil N. Jaffer — Adjunct Professor, NSI Founder, and Director, National Security Law & Policy Program, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.
- Steven J. Eagle — Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law.
- Reginald J. Brown — Has been a member of the Board of Visitors for George Mason University.
- Gary Leff — Chief Financial Officer, Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
- Matthew D. Mitchell — Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Project for the Study of American Capitalism, Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
- Megan Stevenson — Assistant Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.
- Jeremy A. Rabkin — Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law.
- Christopher L. Koopman — Previously served as a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
- Caroline Cecot — Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.
- Elina Treyger — Assistant Professor, George Mason University School of Law.
- Adam Thierer — Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University.
- Allison R. Hayward — Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law.
- Susan E. Dudley — Previously directed the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and taught courses on regulation at the George Mason University School of Law.
- Colin Dueck — Associate Professor, George Mason University School of Policy, G, and International Affairs.
- Ronald D. Rotunda — Former Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law.
- Bryan Caplan — Professor of Economics, George Mason University.
- Eli Dourado — Director of Technology Policy Program, Research Fellow, Mercatus, George Mason University School of Law.
- Brenda Leong — 2014 graduate of George Mason University School of Law.
- Helen Alvare — Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University Law School.
- John Yun — Associate Professor of Law and Director of Economic Education at the Global Antitrust Institute, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.
- Bryan Weir — Former adjunct professor for the Supreme Court Clinic at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.
- Koren W. Wong-Ervin — Former Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law.
- Nelson Lund — Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.
- Hester Peirce — Senior Research Fellow and the Director of the Financial Markets, George Mason University.
- William Kovacic — Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy, The George Washington University Law School.
- Neomi Rao — Former professor of structural constitutional law, administrative law, and legislation and statutory interpretation at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.
- Lisa Ezell (Federalist Society Staff Member) — Holds Master of Public Policy from George Mason University.
- William S. Consovoy — Former co-director of the Supreme Court Clinic at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.
- Kenneth T. Cuccinelli — Masters and J.D. degree from George Mason University.
- Randolph J. May — Adjunct professor of law at George Mason University School of Law.
- Michael S. Greve — Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School.
- Jeremy Kidd — Graduated in 2007 from George Mason University School of Law, where he was Executive Editor for the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy.
- Daniel Polsby — Dean and Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law.
- Brian Knight — Senior Research Fellow for the Financial Markets Working Group at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
- Brent Skorup — Senior Research Fellow in the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
- Stephen Moore — M.A. in economics from George Mason University.
- Patrick McLaughlin — Director of the Program for Economic Research on Regulation and a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
- Eileen J. O'Connor — Former Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Tax Policy at the George Mason University School of Law.
- Paul D. Kamenar — Clinical Professor of Law at George Mason University Law School from 1999-2005.
- Joshua D. Wright — Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law.
- Steven M. Tepp — Former professor at George Mason University Law School.
- Henry Manne — Dean Emeritus, George Mason School of Law.
- Stephen Halbrook — Assistant Professor of Philosophy - George Mason University, 1980-81.
- Andrea Boyack — Former adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law.
- Adam Mossoff — Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.
- J.W. Verret — Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law.
- Michael DeBow — Visiting professor of law at George Mason University in 1999.
- Caleb Watney — Master’s in economics from George Mason University.
- Maureen K. Ohlhausen — Graduated with distinction from Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University in 1991 .
Stance on Climate Change
March 1, 2013
Speaking at the Federalist Society's 2013 annual student symposium, Richard Epstein—a regular contributor and speaker at the Federalist Society—made statements counter to the established science regarding climate change: , , 
“They don't talk about global warming anymore,” Epstein said. “They talk about climate change, and it turns out that carbon dioxide is a very weak driver of climate change. […] There's so many solar phenomena out there which make a great deal more … remember, Greenland was green when it was taken over. […] It wasn't global warming that made those places warm and cold.
What you have to understand is given these huge cycles that we've had over the last even 10,000 years, this global warming stuff is, you know, doesn't matter very much relative to the other forces that we don't understand them. You could spend fortunes in time wasting your efforts stopping things that may never occur.
It's very difficult to hit the sweet spot of spending money which isn't wasted either way. Either, of course you don't need it, or because even if you do it the Armageddon's going to happen anyhow.”
May 3, 2010
The Las Vegas chapter president of the Federalist Society spoke on climate change, claiming that while he accepted the premise that humans are contributing to global warming, it doesn't justify many regulations: 
“What we are in the process of doing, I mean doing more of, is embarking on a very ill-conceived, costly, and counter-productive set of policies designed to deal with the threat of climate change. In particular, to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases […]
My talk is operating under the premise that climate change is real, that human activity contributes to it to some degree, and that this could create some problems. I accept that premise, ah, but and certainly there are those that do not. Um.
But my point is that even if we accept that premise, even if we believe that climate change is a very serious problem, even if we accept what Al Gore says about the degree of threat that climate change poses—and you know the house he just bought and its energy consumption—it's hard to justify the things that we are required to do under current law, or will be required to do under current law, and hard to justify the thing we're talking about doing. And that taking this issue seriously doesn't justify those steps.”
“90% of the funding comes from individuals and foundations; the other 10% comes from corporations. The Society does not take money from any political party or group affiliated with a political party or from the federal government.”
The following is based on data compiled by the Conservative Transparency project combined with publicly available 990 forms. Note that not all individual funding values have been verified by DeSmog. View the attached spreadsheet for details on Federalist Society funding by year (.xlsx).
|Donors Capital Fund||$11,366,368|
|The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation||$7,148,750|
|Mercer Family Foundation||$5,950,000|
|Sarah Scaife Foundation||$5,755,000|
|John M. Olin Foundation||$5,657,000|
|Searle Freedom Trust||$3,530,000|
|John Templeton Foundation||$3,147,925|
|Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation||$1,956,500|
|Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation||$2,150,723|
|Ed Uihlein Family Foundation||$850,000|
|F.M. Kirby Foundation||$740,000|
|Dunn's Foundation for the Advancement of Right Thinking||$728,000|
|William E. Simon Foundation||$650,000|
|Philip M. McKenna Foundation||$452,000|
|The Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation||$450,000|
|Pierre F. and Enid Goodrich Foundation||$435,000|
|Jaquelin Hume Foundation||$425,000|
|Castle Rock Foundation||$395,000|
|William H. Donner Foundation||$394,309|
|DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative||$360,000|
|National Christian Charitable Foundation||$347,500|
|Brady Education Foundation||$315,000|
|The Randolph Foundation||$283,500|
|The Carthage Foundation||$275,000|
|The TWS Foundation||$260,000|
|John William Pope Foundation||$200,000|
|Stuart Family Foundation||$184,000|
|Diana Davis Spencer Foundation||$126,000|
|Chase Foundation of Virginia||$119,760|
|The Challenge Foundation||$115,000|
|Thomas W Smith Foundation||$110,000|
|Ave Maria Foundation||$100,000|
|The Roe Foundation||$73,000|
|Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation||$56,000|
|Bradley Impact Fund||$50,000|
|The Richard and Helen Devos Foundation||$50,000|
|Arthur N. Rupe Foundation||$40,000|
|Friedman Foundation For Educational Choice||$40,000|
|The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation||$35,500|
|The Rodney Fund||$34,000|
|The Robertson-Finley Foundation||$29,300|
|Ruth & Lovett Peters Foundation||$20,000|
|Alan and Hope Winters Family Foundation||$11,000|
|The Whitcomb Charitable Foundation||$9,000|
|Charles Koch Institute||$6,400|
|Lynn & Foster Friess Family Foundation||$1,000|
According to estimates from Greenpeace's PolluterWatch project, based on reviewed annual reports, The Federalist Society received at least $5,764,139 from Koch Industries, Koch Foundations, and David H. Koch between the years of 1997 and 2017. 
Board of Directors
|Brent O. Hatch||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Treasurer|
|David M. McIntosh||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Vice Chairman|
|Steven G. Calabresi||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Chairman|
|T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Counselor|
|Eugene B. Meyer||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||President|
|Lee Liberman Otis||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Vice President & Director, Faculty Division|
|C. Boyden Gray||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Edwin Meese, III||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Leonard A. Leo||Y||Y||Y||Y||Executive Vice President|
|Michael B. Mukasey||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz||Y|
|E. Spencer Abraham||Y||Director|
Board of Visitors
|Andrew J. Redleaf||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Donald Paul Hodel||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Theodore B. Olson||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Wm. Bradford Reynolds||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Frank Keating, II||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Lois Haight Herrington||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|George T. Conway III||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Diana Davis Spencer||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Theodore W. Ullyot||Y||Y||Y|
|Kimberly O. Dennis||Y|
|Michael W. Gleba||Y|
|Robert A. Levy||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Elaine L. Chao||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Robert H. Bork||Y||Y||Y||Y||Co-Chairman|
|Edwin Meese, III||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Harvey C. Koch||Y||Y||Y|
|C. Boyden Gray||Y||Y||Y|
|Michael B. Mukasey||Y|
|Judge Robert H. Bork||Y|
|Lee Liberman Otis||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Vice President & Director, Faculty Division|
|Douglas C. Ubben||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Vice President & Director, Finance|
|Eugene B. Meyer||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||President|
|Leonard A. Leo||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Executive Vice President|
|Lisa Budzynski Ezell||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Vice President & Director of Lawyers Chapters|
|C. David Smith||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Vice President & Director, Information Technology|
|Dean Reuter||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||General Counsel | Vice President & Director, Practice Groups|
|James P. Kelly, III||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Director (of counsel), International Affairs|
|Juli Nix||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Director, Conferences|
|Peter Redpath||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Vice President & Director, Student Division|
|Rhonda Moaland||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Office Manager|
|Jonathan Bunch||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Vice President & Director, External Relations|
|Kate Beer Alcantara||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Deputy Director, Student Division|
|Paul Zimmerman||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Deputy Director, International Affairs|
|Cynthia Searcy||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Vice President & Director, Development|
|Anthony Deardurff||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Deputy Director, Faculty Division|
|Peter Bisbee||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Director, State Courts|
|Maria Marshall||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Director of Operations, Office of the Executive VP|
|Amy Harper||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Assistant Director, Finance|
|Daniel Richards||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Vice President & Director, Digital|
|Austin Lipari||Y||Y||Y||Y||Deputy Director, Student Division|
|Sarah Landeene||Y||Y||Y||Y||Deputy Director, Lawyers Chapters|
|Alexander Biermann||Y||Y||Y||Assistant Director, Development|
|Anna Wunderlich||Y||Y||Y||Grants Administrator, Development|
|Devon Westhill||Y||Y||Y||Director, Regulatory Transparency Project|
|Jennifer DeMarco||Y||Y||Y||Assistant Director, Digital Strategy|
|Jennifer Weinberg||Y||Y||Y||Associate Director, Faculty Division|
|Katie McClendon||Y||Y||Y||Director, Publications|
|Matt Wood||Y||Y||Y||Director, Film & Photography|
|Curtis Walter||Y||Y||Project Coordinator, Regulatory Transparency Project|
|Kate Fugate||Y||Y||Associate Director, Lawyers Chapters|
|Laura Flint||Y||Y||Deputy Director, Practice Groups|
|Nathan Kaczmarek||Y||Y||Director, Article I Initiative|
|Paige Williams||Y||Y||Director, Membership & Alumni Relations|
|Samantha Schroeder||Y||Y||Deputy Director, Digital Production|
|Samuel Winkler||Y||Y||Membership Coordinator, Membership & Alumni Relations|
|Alex Yershov||Y||Assistant Director, Digital Production|
|Brigid C. Flaherty||Y||Assistant Director, Faculty Division|
|Colton Graub||Y||Project Assistant, Regulatory Transparency Project|
|Elizabeth A. Cirri||Y||Assistant Director, External Relations|
|Micah Wallen||Y||Assistant Director, Practice Groups|
|Shiza Francis||Y||Assistant Director, Office of the Executive VP|
|Wesley G. Hodges||Y||Associate Director, Practice Groups|
|Peggy Little||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Director, Pro Bono Center|
|Tyler Lowe||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Director of Digital Production|
|Christopher Goffos||Y||Y||Associate Director, Faculty Division|
|Jonathan Reich||Y||Y||Assistant Director, Office of the Executive VP|
|Timothy Courtney||Y||Y||Assistant Director, Practice Groups|
|Brent O. Hatch||Y||Y||Treasurer|
|David M. McIntosh||Y||Y||Vice Chairman|
|Steven G. Calabresi||Y||Y||Chairman|
|T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.||Y||Y||Counselor|
|C. Boyden Gray||Y|
|Edwin Meese, III||Y|
|George Lane||Y||Assistant Director, External Relations|
|Michael B. Mukasey||Y|
|Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz||Y|
|Caroline Moore||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Associate Director & Director of Alumni Relations, Law & Innovation Project|
|C. William Courtney||Y||Y||Y||Y||Deputy Director, Practice Groups|
|Gianna Burkhardt||Y||Y||Assistant Director, Lawyers Chapters|
|Joanmarie Davoli||Y||Y||Digital Education Specialist|
|Zach Mayo||Y||Y||Deputy Director, External Relations|
|Jack Neblett||Y||Assistant Director, Practice Groups|
|Maureen Collins||Y||Membership Coordinator|
|David C.F. Ray||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Associate Director, Practice Groups|
|Matt Nix||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Assistant Office Manager & Assistant Membership Director|
|Christian Corrigan||Y||Y||Y||Director, Publications|
|Jandi Heagen||Y||Y||Y||Assistant Director, Faculty Division|
|Katelynd Mahoney||Y||Y||Y||Associate Director, Development|
|Brigid Hasson||Y||Y||Grants Administrator, Development|
|Sara Barger||Y||Y||Video Producer|
|Brandon Smith||Y||Y||Y||Y||Deputy Director, Student Division|
|Jennifer Derleth||Y||Y||Y||Y||Deputy Director, Lawyers Chapters|
|Maureen Wagner||Y||Y||Y||Y||Deputy Director, External Relations|
|Sophia Mason||Y||Y||Y||Y||Associate Director, Development|
|Justin Shubow||Y||Y||Director of Social Media & Alumni Relations|
|Danielle Savoy||Y||Deputy Director, Development|
|Emily Kuebler||Y||Y||Y||Y||Director, Development|
|Hannah De Guzman||Y||Y||Y||Y||Assistant Director, Practice Groups|
|Ken Wiltberger||Y||Y||Y||Deputy Director, International Affairs|
|Karen Schuberg Bell||Y||Assistant Director, State Courts|
|Maria Plakoudas||Y||Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President|
|Thomas Kraemer||Y||Y||Y||Assistant Director, Lawyers Division|
|Allison Aldrich||Y||Y||Associate Director, State Courts|
|Alexandra Bruce||Y||Assistant Director, Student Division|
|Kendra Kocovsky||Y||Alumni Director|
|Matthew Daniel||Y||Director of Membership|
|Patty Price||Y||Y||Y||Y||Director, Development|
|Daniel Suhr||Y||Y||Deputy Director, Student Division|
|Erin Sheley||Y||Y||Deputy Director, Faculty Division|
|Sarah Field||Y||Y||Deputy Director, State Courts|
|Barrett Young||Y||Assistant Director, Faculty Division|
|Bridget Brophy||Y||Director of Membership|
|Caitlin Carroll||Y||Assistant Director, Student Division|
|Catherine Zanetti||Y||Assistant Director, Lawyers Division|
|Peter Aigner||Y||Y||Y||Director of Publications|
|Alicia Luschei||Y||Y||Assistant Director, Lawyers Division|
|Alyssa Luttjohann||Y||Y||Deputy Director of International Affairs, Lawyers Division|
|Elizabeth LeRoy||Y||Y||Assistant Director, Student Division|
|Alex Reynolds||Y||Assistant Director, Lawyers Division|
|Andrew Olson||Y||Assistant Director, Faculty Division|
|Erica Morbeck||Y||Director of Membership|
|Debbie O'Malley||Y||Y||Assistant Director, State Courts|
|John Paul Fox||Y||Y||Assistant Director, Lawyers Division|
|Kyle Reini||Y||Y||Associate Director, Student Division|
|Mia Reynolds||Y||Y||Director, State Courts|
|Terry Archambeault||Y||Y||Director of Membership|
|Ellen Fuller||Y||Assistant Director, Development|
|Flavius Mihaies||Y||Research Associate, Lawyers Division|
|Marisa Maleck||Y||Assistant Director, Faculty Division|
|Alyssa Haupt||Y||Assistant Director, Lawyers Division|
|Lisa Graff||Y||Assistant Director, Student Division|
|Sarah Roderick||Y||Associate Director, Student Division|
|David C. Ray||Y||Y||Co-Student Division Director|
|David L. Keller||Y||Y||Membership Director|
|Jan E. Williams||Y||Y||Deputy Lawyers Division Director|
|Matthew Estabrook||Y||Y||Development Director|
|Genevieve Belland||Y||Assistant Development Director|
|Rhonda Davis||Y||Office Manager|
|Shara Haden||Y||Student Division Director|
|Andrew Wisch||Y||Deputy Lawyers Division Director|
|Courtney Egleston||Y||Assistant Development Director|
|Melissa Seckora||Y||Assistant Lawyers Division Director|
|Paul Rourke||Y||Student Division Director|
|Christopher C. Gabriel||Y||Development Director|
|Courtenay R. Westall||Y||Office Manager|
|Cyrenne Hubbard||Y||Legal Studies Assistant|
|Sara J. Grieco||Y||Membership Director|
|Shane Dolgin||Y||Student Division Director|
Board of Trustees
|C. Boyden Gray||Y||Y|
|Donald Paul Hodel||Y||Y|
|Edwin Meese, III||Y||Y|
|Harvey C. Koch||Y||Y|
|Lois Haight Herrington||Y||Y|
|Robert H. Bork||Y||Y||Co-Chairman|
|Wm. Bradford Reynolds||Y||Y|
Business Advisory Council
|C. Boyden Gray||Y||Y||Y|
|John G. Medlin, Jr.||Y||Y||Y||Chairman of the Board, Wachovia Corporation|
|John Stewart Bryan, III||Y||Y||Y||Chairman, President, and C.E.O., Media General Cable|
|Joseph Cannon||Y||Y||Y||C.E.O. and Chairman of the Board, Geneva Steel|
|Nicholas John Stathis||Y||Y||Y||Vice President, Orpheon, Inc.|
|Paul S. Stevens||Y||Y||Y||General Counsel, Investment Company Institute|
|R. Crosby Kemper, III||Y||Y||Y||President, United Missouri Bank|
|Robert L. Strickland||Y||Y||Y||Chairman, Lowe's Companies, Inc.|
Journalist's Guide to Legal Experts (2006)
As of 2006, the Federalist Society also maintained a “Journalist's Guide to Legal Experts,” a list of approximately 200 individuals “Providing Expertise on Legal Issues from a Conservative and Libertarian Perspective.” See the Federalist Society's “guide to legal experts” (.xlsx). 
Within hours of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement, Leonard Leo reportedly took a leave of absense as executive vice president for the Federalist Society in order to personally advise President Donald Trump on supreme court nominations. 
“The Gorsuch model works,” Leo said. “The president hit it out of the park by deciding to put out a list and deciding to pick somebody, as he put it, who is extraordinarily well-qualified and not weak and will interpret the Constitution the way the framers intended it to be.” 
Maria Marshall, Director of Operations at the Office of the Executive Vice President at the Federalist Society was reportedly involved in planning a Rome visit for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to visit Cardinal Pell, a prominent member of the Catholic church and a climate change denier. 
Documents released by New York Times reporter Eric Lipton outlined planning for the dinner in May, and the schedule of the dinner. According to an email sent during the dinner, an EPA staff member said that Pruitt and Pell discussed a Wall Street Journal article that had reported on the proposal of a “red team/blue team” debate on climate science.
Here is a whole collection of documents assembled by The NYT that looks at this get together with Cardinal Pell–the planning for the dinner in May, the schedule from the actual dinner, and the official agency calendars. Just thought we would share it all. https://t.co/Dy2YotncMV— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) May 10, 2018
The Federalist Society's Leonard Leo also attended the dinner. According to another report in the New York Times, Leo helped organize the June 2017 Vatican trip. 
The Washington Post reported Pruitt had earlier dined at one of Rome's finest restaurants at the expense of The Federalist Society's Leonard Leo. When asked about the dinner, an EPA spokesman said Pruitt was allowed to accept the gift given the men's personal relationship, however Leo was subsequently reimbursed for the cost. Leo reportedly arranged private events for Pruitt and his aides in Rome, and Leo was invited to join a meeting between Pruitt and Archbishop Paul Gallagher to discuss environmental policy. , 
March 1, 2018
October 5, 2017
The Federalist Society held an event on “Free Market Climate Change Solutions” sponsored by their Los Angeles student chapter. Speakers included John Nagle of Notre Dame law and Ann Carlson of UCLA law. 
November 17, 2017
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, known for his aggressive rollbacks of environmental regulations including regulations of greenhouse gas emissions, gave an address to the Federalist Society's 2017 International Lawyer's Convention. Pruitt was introduced by the Federalist Society's C. Boyden Gray: 
April 20, 2017
The Federalist Society released a video featuring BakerHostetler attorney Mark DeLaquil discussing Clean Power Plan. “What is the origin of the Clean Power Plan, and is it lawful? Mark DeLaquil of BakerHostetler explains how an executive order from President Obama led to the EPA's controversial Clean Power Plan and why the Supreme Court looks skeptically on new government powers derived from long-existing statutes,” the description read. 
November 29, 2016
Becky Norton Dunlop, the Heritage Foundation's Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow, was featured on a “Climate Change Solutions Panel” held by the Federalist Society. Congressman Bob Inglis and Professor David Weisbach were also listed as speakers. 
October 19, 2016
The Rice University Federalist Society hosted “A Heated Debate: The Science and Policy of Climate Change” featuring Willie Soon and Ronald Sass. Video below. , 
August 8, 2016
The Federalist Society held a podcast during a Federalist Society conference all discussing the ExxonMobil climate change investigations. The podcast featured Andrew Grossman, Partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP and an Adjunct Scholar and counsel at The Cato Institute. 
As noted in the podcast, Grossman has “been involved in both defending targets of the subpoenas and in challenging the lawfulness of their issuance.” The teleforum took place on August 1, 2016. 
An article at The Federalist Society decried an investigation by a coalition (AGs United for Clean Power) of Attorneys General into Exxon Mobil knew about climate change (#ExxonKnew) as “an inquisition of those who disseminate opposing views.” According to the Federalist Society article, the state AGs that did not join in the effort “recognize the dangers to the core values of respect for the rule of law and free speech posed by this coalition.” 
“They recognize that good science embraces disagreement and the chilling effect on research when the government decides what is 'truth' and what is 'fraud' in what is in fact an ongoing scientific debate,” The Federalist Society article read. 
A follow-up article described the ExxonMobil and climate change denier investigation as “a threat to core constitutional commands of free speech, limited and constitutional government and the rule of law.” 
The Federalist Society also released a video of Andrew Grossman, a partner at the law firm BakerHostetler and counsel for the fossil-fuel-funded Competitive Enterprise Institute explaining “Free Speech and Climate Change”: 
February 16, 2016
Karen Harned, Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center (NFIB), appeared in a Federalist Society video discussing the EPA's Clean Power Plan. 
Harned said of if the rule had not been stayed, “From an industry standpoint, millions of dollars would have been spent and potentially wasted to comply with a rule that may not even be legal in the first instance.” 
February 10, 2015
The Duquesne Student Chapter of the Federalist Society sponsored an event titled “Climategate: The Other Side of Global Climate Change” that featured climate change denier Steven Hayward. 
July 28, 2014
A Federalist Society teleforum on “separation of powers” featuring Michael S. Greve of the George Mason University School of Law and Mario Loyola of the Texas Public Policy Foundation discussed the EPA's carbon emissions rule. 
“Texas's fight to resist being drawn into implementing EPA's greenhouse gas regulations suggests that federal “encouragement” can be deeply coercive, employing penalties against the state's economy that courts have no doctrine to account for,” the Federalist Society description read. 
January 11, 2012
The Federalist Society released a paper by noted climate change denier Marlo Lewis titled “EPA Regulation of Fuel Economy: Congressional Intent or Climate Coup?” The paper criticised EPA rules that would allow the agency to regulate fuel economy standards. “EPA has asserted that it is simply implementing the Clean Air Act. But the Clean Air Act was neither designed nor intended to regulate greenhouse gases, and it provides no authority to regulate fuel economy,” the paper claimed. 
February 14, 2012
January 20, 2011
Climate change denier and fossil-fuel-funding recipient Willie Soon spoke at an event hosted by the Western New England Student Chapter of the Federalist Society. The event was titled “Is Climate Change Just Hot Air?” 
March 31, 2010
February 23, 2010
The Federalist Society held an event featuring fossil-fuel-funded climate change denier Willie Soon titled “Slaying the CO2 Monster: Why Climate Change is NOT Man-Made.” 
January 14, 2010
Fossil-fuel-funded climate change denier Willie Soon spoke at a Federalist Society event titled “The View from Galileo's Window: The Sun, the CO2 Monster and the Earth's Climate.” Soon gave a same-titled talk to the Federalist Society in November of 2009. 
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- Global Governance Watch (GCC) — A project of the Federalist Society “designed to raise awareness about global governance trends and developments.” 
- Regulatory Transparency Project — Founded in 2016 to investigate “potential harms that regulations can create when not reviewed with a critical eye.” 
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C. Boyden Gray. “The Misguided ExxonMobil Climate Change Inquisition,” Forbes, February 11, 2016. Archived May 2, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/xRJjC
“Richard Epstein educates his co-panelists @ the Federalist Society Symposium,” YouTube video uploaded by user “knaudi” March 5, 2013. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.
“Climate Policy Heats Up: What’s Not Cool About Global Warming Regulations - Event Audio/Video,” The Federalist Society. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.
“Address by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt,” YouTube video uploaded by user The Federalist Society, November 17, 2017. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.
“Attorney General Scott Pruitt's Opening Address at the 2016 Annual Western Chapters Conference,” YouTube video uploaded by user “The Federalist Society,” February 17, 2016. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.
“The Clean Power Plan: The EPA & Climate Change Policy,” The Federalist Society, April 20, 2017. Archived April 30, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/mpAI0
“A Heated Debate: The Science and Policy of Climate Change,” Facebook, October 19, 2016.
“A Heated Debate: The Science and Policy of Climate Change,” YouTube video uploaded by user “Anson Fung,” October 22, 2016.
“The Climate Change Investigations – Fair Regulation of Markets or Executive Overreach that Chills Free Speech? - Podcast,” The Federalist Society, August 8, 2016. Archived April 30, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/vpwlB
“The Climate Change Investigations – Fair Regulation of Markets or Executive Overreach that Chills Free Speech?” The Federalist Society, August 1, 2016. Archived April 30, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/zdUnP
“EPA, Climate Change, and the Supreme Court,” YouTube video uploaded by user “The Federalist Society,” February 13, 2016. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.
“Climategate: The Other Side of Global Climate Change,” The Federalist Society, February 10, 2015. Archived May 4, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/Wcz1T
“Cooperation or Coercion on Climate: Is the EPA Trying to Deputize the States?” The Federalist Society, July 28, 2014. Archived May 5, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/9qGDs
“EPA Regulation of Fuel Economy: Congressional Intent or Climate Coup?” The Federalist Society, January 11, 2012. Archived May 5, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/flOCj
“Junk Science and Climate Change: Thoughts from the Federalist Society's 1997 Colloquium on 'Junk Science, the Courts, and the Regulatory State,'” The Federalist Society, March 31, 2010. Archived May 1, 2018.
“Slaying the CO2 Monster: Why Climate Change is NOT Man-Made,” The Federalist Society, February 23, 2010. Archived May 1, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/6uHXl
“The View from Galileo's Window: The Sun, the CO2 Monster and the Earth's Climate,” The Federalist Society, January 14, 2010. Archived May 5, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/wXEnR
“Documents show ties between university, conservative donors,” Associated Press, February 13, 2018. Archived April 30, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/2u0g0
“Donor agreement between the Mercatus Center and George Mason University to fund a faculty position,” The Washington Post, April 30, 2018.
Graham Readfearn. “EPA's Scott Pruitt Dined With Fellow Climate Science Denier and Vatican Treasurer Cardinal George Pell, Documents Show,” DeSmog, May 10, 2018.
Eric Lipton, Lisa Friedman and Kenneth P. Vogel. “A Lobbyist Helped Scott Pruitt Plan a Morocco Trip. Then Morocco Hired the Lobbyist,” The New York Times, May 1, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/0yPSI
“Top Federalist Society official initially paid for Scott Pruitt’s costly dinner in Rome, EPA officials confirm,” The Washington Post, May 7, 2018. Archived May 14, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/YMCdm
“Influential outsiders have played a key role in Scott Pruitt’s foreign travel,” The Washington Post, May 3, 2018. Archived May 14, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/0zdao
“The White House Will Start Interviewing Supreme Court Candidates Next Week, A Key Adviser Says,” BuzzFeed News, June 29, 2018. Archived September 21, 2018. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/Nipx3
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