Another Decade Begins
PRFAS SUCCESSFUL ELEVENTH ANNUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS CONFERENCE
Beginning with a reference to the Supreme Courts common attitude that property rights are rather like a poor relation to the other constitutional rights, Roger Pilon, J.D., Ph.D., Vice President for Legal Studies and Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., opened the day with an unforgettable speech at our Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights on October 13 at the Holiday Inn Turf in Albany, New York. Entitled The Supreme Courts Protection of Private Property Rights: The Founders Dream, the Owners Nightmare, his compelling address traced the history of Natural Law and the foundations for our constitutional rights, proceeding to the present time through high court decisions, the New Deal, and down to the hope that we can have in todays context.
The mornings engaging speeches flew by. Soon it was time for William Perry Pendleys keynote address. Mr. Pendley, who is the President and Chief legal Officer of Mountain States Legal Foundation in Lakewood, Colorado, addressed the topic of The New Wars for the West. He began with the gripping narrative of John Shulers defense of his life against an attacking grizzly bear, a battle which was exceeded by the Mountain States Legal Foundations successful defense of him against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which spent eight years trying to convict of him of illegally killing an endangered species. Mr. Perrys constitutional litigation ranges from rails to trails to the right of contract regardless of race, an issue where he has wound up in the U.S. Supreme Court three times. He said he is asked, Why are we optimistic? We have confidence in the American people.
Even with the many speeches by national experts and two noted grassroots leaders packed into the full days event, there was still ample time during the day for audience questions and speakers responses. The day surely met the theme of Forging Ahead for Private Property Rights, as those present expressed their enthusiasm and appreciation for the opportunity to hear and meet these speakers. We hope that you enjoy the impressions of the day caught in Peter LaGrasses photographs.