Acton Institute will be hosting a conference on "Toward a Free and Virtuous Society: Economic Freedom and the American Constitution", this February in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1824 the Supreme Court of the United States decided  Gibbons v. Ogden, the first major case to come before it that required the Court to interpret and apply the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution.  Over the course of the next 200 years the Commerce Clause would be reinterpreted and expanded to form the basis for the expansion of Federal regulation of diverse areas of public life. This conference will allow a small group of select participants to explore the ways in which the history, interpretation, and application of the US Constitution have impacted economic liberty in the United States.


Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor Political Science at Union University

Patrick Garry, Ph.D., Professor of Law at University of South Dakota School of Law

Adam J. MacLeod, J.D., Professor Law at Faulkner University Jones School of Law

Honorable Joseph G. Scoville, retired US Magistrate Judge of the Western District of Michigan

John D. Wilsey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History at Souther Baptist Theological Seminary