Please join National Review Institute for a special panel discussion featuring:
Plaintiff, Janus v. AFSCME
In conversation with Kevin D. Williamson & Daniel Suhr
On worker freedom and the Janus Supreme Court decision
Tuesday, June 18
The Pecan Room, Old Parkland
3819 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX
Registration: 5:00 – 5:30 | Program: 5:30 – 6:30 | Reception: 6:30 – 7:30
We are pleased to feature a panel discussion with Mark Janus, now a senior fellow at Liberty Justice Center and the Illinois Policy Institute, who recently received NRI’s Whittaker Chambers Award in recognition of his remarkable demonstration of courage on behalf of free speech. Opposed by leaders of public-employee unions, Janus’s case, which he took all the way to the Supreme Court, challenged the notion that public workers should be forced to pay union fees that go to support political activity with which they disagree as a condition of employment. That case resulted in a landmark victory that restored First Amendment rights to five million public employees. We hope you will be able to join us for this special discussion on workers freedom, just before the one year anniversary of the historic Janus decision.
Tickets are $25. Space is limited; please register at your earliest convenience.
Mark Janus is a Senior Fellow at the Liberty Justice Center and Illinois Policy Institute, where he serves as an advocate and spokesperson for workers’ rights. Mark spent the last 11 years of his career as a child support specialist for the Illinois state government, ensuring that children get all the resources to which they are entitled. It was during that time that Mark courageously took on one of the most powerful political forces in the country: the public employee unions. Mark fought for his First Amendment rights – and the rights of more than 5 million other government workers – all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court with his case, Janus v. AFSCME. Mark’s bravery resulted in the single greatest victory for First Amendment rights in a generation.
Kevin D. Williamson is National Review’s roving correspondent. He is the author of The End Is Near and It’s Going To Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure (Broadside, May 2013) and The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics (Regnery Books, July 2019) When he is not sounding the alarm about Fiscal Armageddon, he is the theater critic at The New Criterion. Williamson began his journalism career at the Bombay-based Indian Express Newspaper Group and spent 15 years in the newspaper business in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. He served as editor-in-chief of three newspapers and was the founding editor of Philadelphia’s Bulletin. His work has appeared in the New York Post and Commentary, among other publications.
Daniel Suhr serves as associate senior attorney at the Liberty Justice Center. From 2012 to January 2018, Daniel was a key leader in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration. He served as deputy legal counsel for Gov. Walker and was among the attorneys who defended Wisconsin’s Act 10. He was also previously the chief of staff and legal counsel to Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and policy director for the governor.