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The Responsibilities of Congress in Maintaining the Rule of Law

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Event Co-sponsors

International Bar Association

Webcast Recap

The Wilson Center is partnering with the International Bar Association to present the fourth program of "Preserving a Free Society," a six-part series of bipartisan discussions on the rule of law that feature current and former senior government officials and other distinguished guests.

Two of our guests – the Honorable David Skaggs (D-Colorado) and Secretary Ray LaHood (R-Illinois) – formerly served in the House of Representatives, where they organized the House Bipartisan Retreats, bringing together 200+ members of Congress and their families to foster relationships, promote civility, and combat polarization that already was much in evidence during their tenure.

Is today's polarized Congress still capable of fully protecting the rule of law? If not, in what ways is Congress falling short, and what can be done to reverse its decline?


The Honorable Ray LaHood
Former Representative (R-IL); former Secretary of Transportation (2009-2013); Co-Chairman, House Bipartisan Retreats

Norman Ornstein (invited)
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Author, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

The Honorable David Skaggs
Former Representative (D-CO); Co-Chairman, House Bipartisan Retreats


Homer Moyer
Partner, Miller & Chavalier; Founder, CEELI Institute

03-28-2019 IBA