SFL Regional Conference

Organized by Christopher Sapienza
Join Students For Liberty at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, October 12th for the 2013 Students For Liberty Florida Regional Conference. Florida is home to some of the strongest pro-liberty student groups and the Florida Regional Conference will bring together these strong student leaders 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 by clicking this link and following the instructions:

Where: University of Florida – Gainesville
Host: University of Florida College Libertarians
When: October 12th, 2013
Conference: 9am – 8pm
Social: 8pm – 10pm
Cost: FREE of Charge
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/656034631082924/

Keynote Speaker – Matt Welch, Editor in Chief of Reason Magazine

Matt Welch is editor in chief of Reason, the libertarian magazine of “Free Minds and Free Markets.” He is co-author, along with Nick Gillespie, of the 2011 book The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America, which Tyler Cowen called ”the up-to-date statement of libertarianism.”Reason has been a Western Publications Association magazine of the year finalist every year under Welch’s leadership, winning three total first-place Maggie awards, as well as another six first-place notices from the Greater Los Angeles Press Club. Welch himself has won a half-dozen first-place L.A. Press Club awards over the years, for work ranging from coverage of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, to reportage on Cuban baseball players, to essays of and about media criticism. Before assuming editorship of Reason in 2008, Welch worked as an assistant editorial pages editor for the Los Angeles Times, as a media columnist for Reason, California correspondent for The National Post, political columnist for WorkingForChange.com, and regular contributor to the Online Journalism Review. Before 1998, he lived for eight years in Central Europe, where he co-founded the region’s first post-communist English-language newspaper, Prognosis, worked as UPI’s Slovakia correspondent and managed the Budapest Business Journal.

Keynote Speaker – Justin Pearson, Executive Director of The Institute for Justice Florida Chapter

Justin M. Pearson is the Executive Director of the Institute for Justice Florida Chapter (IJ-FL), which he joined in 2012. IJ-FL engages in cutting-edge constitutional litigation in the areas of economic liberty, free speech, private property rights, educational choice and other liberties secured by the U.S. and Florida Constitutions. Justin has litigated cases since he became an attorney in 2002. Early on, Justin dedicated his career to defending the rights of entrepreneurs and small business owners. In 2006, he became a business owner himself, forming his own law practice primarily focused on representing small business owners. Through this experience, Justin regularly witnessed the devastating effects of misguided local bureaucrats and unnecessarily cumbersome regulations. These experiences eventually resulted in Justin’s decision to join IJ, even though that meant closing the successful practice he had worked hard to build. Justin obtained his undergraduate degree in business management with a concentration in finance from North Carolina State University in 1999. He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002. While in law school, Justin was the research and writing editor for the University of Miami Business Law Review, clerked for Miami Circuit Judge Gerald D. Hubbart, authored “The U.S./Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement: Another Step in the Right Direction,” which was published in the Spring 2002 edition of the University of Miami Business Law Review, was a research assistant for a law school professor and clerked for a Brickell Avenue commercial litigation firm. In addition to being a member of the Florida Bar, Justin is a member of the federal trial bars of the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida and Northern District of Florida.

Professor Alexandre Padilla

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Alexandre “Alex” Padilla is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He obtained his bachelor, master, and doctorate in Economics from the University of Law, Economics, and Science of Aix-Marseille (now called University Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III) in France. His primary research interests are in the fields of applied microeconomics, industrial organization, and law and economics. Alex has published several academic on insider trading in the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Commentaries in Law & Economics, Florida State Business Review and other non-academic essays for non-profit organizations. His current research involves studying how insider trading is currently perceived among academics and non-academics. Other research interests are in studying self-governance mechanisms in non-traditional industries with a special focus on the adult film industry.

Andrew I. Cohen

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Andrew I. Cohen’s research focuses on themes in ethics, practical ethics, and social/political philosophy. He has published on themes in Hobbesian political theory, rights theory, and contractarian political morality. His current research focuses on reparations and apologies, the moral standing of nonhuman animals, and global justice.

Professor Dean Stansel

Dean Stansel is an Associate Professor of Economics at Florida Gulf Coast University. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2002 and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Wake Forest University in 1991. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Stansel worked for seven years at the Cato Institute, where he authored (or coauthored) more than 60 publications, including op-eds in the Wall Street Journal,Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, and the Chicago Tribune. His academic research focuses on a variety of issues in the areas of public economics and urban economics. It has been cited in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Stansel was selected in 2011 by the Economic Freedom Project to help publicize the findings of the various economic freedom reports, and the virtues of economic freedom in general, through a variety of media interviews (more than 150 through July 2013). In 2013, he published the first ever local index of economic freedom and was chosen to be the primary author of the Economic Freedom of North America Report. Stansel is a fifth generation Florida native and is married with two young children.

Carrie Kerekes

Dr. Carrie B. Kerekes is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida Gulf Coast University. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University in 2008. Her research interests are in the areas of applied microeconomics; public economics; and economic development, with an emphasis on institutions and private property rights. Dr. Kerekes has published several articles in refereed journals including the Journal of Law and Economics, the American Law and Economics Review, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology and the Cato Journal. Dr. Kerekes regularly attends the meetings of the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) and the Southern Economic Association (SEA). Dr. Kerekes serves on the Executive Board of APEE and also serves on the Board of the Freedom and Virtue Institute (FVI). She has participated in seminars sponsored by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), and the Charles Koch Foundation. Dr. Kerekes conducted field research on land titling in rural Peru in 2007.

To register, you must click this link and follow the instructions on that page: http://studentsforliberty.org/event/florida-regional-conference/
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