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3rd Annual Conference

Hosted by the Illini Union at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Keynote Speaker: Stephen Moore (economist)

Stephen Moore is an economic writer and policy analyst who founded and served as president of the Club for Growth from 1999 to 2004. He is currently a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and frequently opines on the pages of their op-ed section. He is also a contributing editor for National Review.

He possesses a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. from George Mason University in economics. Moore usually advocates views in favor of free-market polices and supply-side economics such as those promoted by the Free Enterprise Fund, which he founded.

From 1983 through 1987, Moore served as the Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation. Moore also was a fellow of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.

Moore was the senior economist of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee under Chairman Dick Armey of Texas. There, he was also an architect of the Armey flat tax proposal in 1995. The Armey flat tax still serves as a model for ideal flat tax legislation. He was also part of the research team hired by Americans For Fair Taxation to create the FairTax, the most co-sponsored tax reform proposal in Congress. He is currenly a partner in the econometrics firm Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics.

He is a frequent economics commentator on CNBC's Kudlow & Company. Moore also appears on Fox News' On the Record w/ Greta Van Sustern.


Julie Jordan Gunn

Associate Professor of Accompanying, University of Illlinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Gunn has an international recital career in prestigious series at such venues as New York's Lincoln Center, 92nd Street Y, and Carnegie Hall, the University of Chicago, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, and Grant Park in Chicago. She has coached singers at Wolf Trap Opera, Opera North and Opera Theater of Saint Louis, and in many world-class opera houses. She is a talented orchestrator, song arranger, and music director, working with major artists, orchestras, and recording labels. In addition to her formal eduction, Professor Gunn received training at the Metropolitan Opera at the hands of some of the worlds's greatest coaches and singers.

Her most recent activities include performing in concert and on recordings with her husband, Nathan Gunn. She has also collaborated with tenors William Burden and Richard Croft; messo-soprano Michelle DeYoung; and soprano Ynonne Gonzales Redman in concerts throughout the United States and abroad.

Economics and the arts?

AB (economics), Dartmouth College; MM and DMA (vocal coaching and accompanying). University of Illinois; student of John Wustman.

Zoher Kapasi

Associate Director and Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University

Dr. Zoher Kapasi received his PhD in Anatomy/Immunobiology from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and an MBA from Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta. His research focuses on age-related changes in immune function and the effects of exercise and nutrition on the immune system. Additionally, Dr. Kapasi is interested in examining the interface of markets and business models with medicine; one of his research projects examines the determinants of referrals for physical therapy in a private practice setting. In line with his dual research interests, Dr. Kapasi teaches courses in both anatomy and in business management for physical therapists, drawing on his entrepreneurial experience of co-founding and managing successful physical therapy clinics.

Jay P. Kesan

Professor and Director, Program in Intellectual Property & Technology Law
Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Faculty Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor Jay Kesan's academic interests are in the areas of patent law and policy, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, internet law/regulation, digital government (e-gov), agricultural biotechnology law, and biofuels regulation (recent publications are on SSRN). He directs the Program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law at the College of Law and is Group Leader of the Business, Economics & Law of Genomic Biology (BioBEL) theme at the Institute of Genomic Biology.

At the University of Illinois, Professor Kesan holds positions in the College of Law, the Institute of Genomic Biology, the Information Trust Institute, the Coordinated Science Laboratory, the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics.

He received his J.D. summa cum laude from Georgetown University, where he received several awards including Order of the Coif, and served as Associate Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Prior to attending law school, Jay Kesan-who also holds a PhD in electrical and computer engineering-worked as a research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York. He is a registered patent attorney and practiced at the former firm of Pennie & Edmonds LLP in the areas of patent litigation and patent prosecution. In addition, he has published numerous scientific papers and obtained several patents in the U.S. and abroad.

Andrew P. Morriss

H. Ross and Helen Workman Professor of Law and Professor of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Andrew P. Morriss is a Research Fellow of the NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law, a Senior Fellow at the Property & Environment Research Center, Boxeman, Montana; a Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and a regular visiting professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, in Guatemala. Prior to coming to the University of Illinois, he served as Galen J. Rouchs Professor of Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, where he was also associate dean from 2000 to 2003.

He received his A.B. degree from Princeton University, his J.D. and a masters degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, and his PhD (Economics) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After law school he clerked for U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders in the Northern District of Texas and worked for two years at Texas Rural Legal Aid in Hereford and Plainview, Texas.

Professor Morris is the author or coauthor of more than forty book chapters and scholarly articles, including Signaling and Precedent in Federal District Court Opinions (with Michael Heise and Gregory Sisk).