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As we mentioned earlier, we spent much of the past few days attending events at the Federalist Society’s 2006 National Lawyers Convention. Conveniently enough, the convention was held right here in Washington, D.C. (primarily at the Mayflower Hotel).
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Society, here’s a blurb about them from their website:

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.

Convention coverage will be interspersed throughout our posts over the next day or two. We attended many interesting events and took tons of pictures, so we have lots to share.
(A note to the American Constitution Society: In the interest of ideological balance, we will gladly cover your national convention next June, if you would be so kind as to invite us.)
A few photographs from the biggest social event of the Fed Soc convention — the Society’s star-studded annual dinner, held on Thursday, November 16, at the Marriott Wardman Park — appear after the jump.


A few brief comments:

1. For ease of reference, we’ve numbered the photographs. This will be helpful in two respects: (a) it will make it easier for you to comment on individual pictures, and (b) in cases where we are missing identifying information for the featured people (or have provided incorrect identifying information), it will facilitiate your providing us with the missing or corrected info (which you can do so by email, or in the comments).

2. Please note that this is only the first wave of photos; more will follow. So if we took a picture of you on Thursday night and it doesn’t appear below, don’t despair. Your photograph may appear later today. (But there are a few photos that we won’t be publishing, due to poor image quality.)

3. All identifications are left to right. If you can help us out with missing id’s, please do so.

4. For members of the Elect, the Term in which they clerked and the justice for whom they clerked are indicated parenthetically.

Without further ado, the photos:
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1. Chad Readler; Professor Orin Kerr (OT 2003/Kennedy), one ringleader of the Volokh Conspiracy; Lee DeJulius (OT 2003/Rehnquist); Kate O’Scannlain Johnson; Angela Butcher; Professor Nick Rosenkranz (OT 2001/Kennedy); and Professor Nita Farahany.
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2. Don’t mess with this Texas lawyer power couple: Allyson Newton Ho (OT 2002/O’Connor) and James Ho (OT 2005/Thomas).
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3. Unidentified gentleman; Dawn O’Scannlain; her husband Kevin O’Scannlain, of DLA Piper (our gracious hosts for the evening); and Professor Douglas Kmiec.
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4. Chris Paolella (OT 2006/Alito) and Melissa Bristol Paolella. They met through college debate. How cute is that?
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5. Matthew Schwartz and Chris Paolella, current clerks to Justice Samuel Alito, who was the keynote spaker for the evening.
(Yes, we know, we’ve promised you a profile of these gents — it will probably appear after Thanksgiving.)
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6. Hashim Moopan (OT 2006/Scalia), Stacy Cline, and Katie Biber.
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7. The ever-stylish Maura O’Scannlain, chatting with Professor Doug Kmiec.
More pictures from this evening, and other convention events, will follow in short order. Check back soon!


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