Previous Speakers in 2001

Jacob G. Hornberger

Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at The Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, publisher of The Freeman.

In 1989, Mr. Hornberger founded The Future of Freedom Foundation. He is a regular writer for The Foundation’s publication, Freedom Daily. Fluent in Spanish, he has delivered speeches and engaged in debates about libertarianism to groups all over the United States, as well as Canada, England, Eastern Europe, and South America. He has also advanced libertarianism on talk-radio stations all across the country. His editorials have appeared in the Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, La Prensa San Diego, El Nuevo Miami Herald, and many others, both in the United States and in Latin America. He is a co-editor or contributor to the six books that have been published by the Foundation.

Don Boudreaux

Chairmen of the department of economics at George Mason University and past President of The Foundation for Economic Education [FEE]. Dr. Boudreaux is a professor at George Mason University and had taught at Clemson University before joining FEE. His areas of expertise include antitrust law, law and economics, and the economics of regulation. His articles have appeared in numerous law reviews, economics journals, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Investor’s Business Daily.

Robert A. Levy

Bob Levy joined The Cato Instutute in 1997 after 25 years in business. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, a director of the Institute for Justice, and a trustee of The Objectivist Center. Bob received his Ph.D. in business from the American University in 1966. That year he founded CDA Investment Technologies, Inc., a major provider of financial information and software. Bob was chief executive officer of CDA until 1991. He then returned to college and earned his J.D. in 1994 from the George Mason University, where he was chief articles editor of the law review. The next two years he clerked for Judge Royce C. Lamberth on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Among Bob’s publications are a book, dozens of articles on investments and, more recently, numerous papers on law and public policy.

Butler D. Shaffer

A prolific writer and speaker, Professor Shaffer has presented several academic papers, led discussions, and written numerous books and articles on social theory, business and labor law. In his book, Calculated Chaos (1985), he explores the theory that “institutions are the principle means by which conflict is produced and managed in society.” In his most recent book, In Restraint of Trade (1995), he demonstrates how the business system endeavored to restrict competition between 1918 and 1938, and was the major factor in the creation of the New Deal’s National Industrial Recovery Act and has just completed another book on The Redistribution of Authority. He has also been interviewed on these subjects on network television, cable and radio.

Professor Shaffer attended law school at the University of Nebraska and the University of Chicago. Prior to his appointment to the faculty at Southwestern University School of Law in 1977, Professor Shaffer served on the faculty at the University of Nebraska College of Business Administration where he taught courses in business and law. He currently teaches Administrative Law, Antitrust Law, Informal Systems of Order Seminar, Labor Law, Property, and SCALE.

Vin Suprynowicz

Vin Suprynowicz grew up in a nice Politically Correct Democratic family, fine folks who taught him that it was wrong to steal or to hate people for being different from them. He still feels that way, but has expanded his idea of who those people are from merely homosexuals and members of racial minorities to machine-gun owners, militiamen, folks who choose to vote their conscience in the jury rooms in defiance of the judge’s instructions, who use intoxicants other than those approved by the current government, who decline to contribute any portion of their income to support the welfare/police state, and the like.

He landed his first newspaper job at the alternative Hartford Advocate in 1972 after graduating from Wesleyan University. He went on to become the star reporter at the daily Willimantic Chronicle, wire editor of the Norwich Bulletin, managing editor of the daily Northern Virginia Sun, and founder and publisher of the weekly Providence Eagle.

Suprynowicz was named three times to the Golden Dozen (the top 12 weekly editorial writers in the U.S. and Canada) by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.

He finally migrated west to Phoenix, then moved to Las Vegas. He’s currently an editorial writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He also pens a twice-a-week syndicated political column that runs in 20 or so daily newspapers around the country.

Clint Bolick

Clint Bolick serves as vice president and director of litigation at the Institute for Justice, which he co-founded in 1991 to engage in constitutional litigation protecting individual liberty and challenging the regulatory welfare state.

Bolick leads the nationwide litigation effort to defend school choice programs. In 1998, he helped win a landmark ruling in Jackson v. Benson in the Wisconsin Supreme Court upholding the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. He has also successfully defended school choice programs before the state supreme courts of Arizona and Ohio, and is currently defending choice programs in Florida, Cleveland, and Arizona from legal challenge.

Bolick has successfully challenged regulatory barriers to entrepreneurship on behalf of start-up businesses in the inner city, and is challenging New York’s ban on direct interstate wine shipments to consumers.

Bolick is one of the subjects profiled in Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Crusade by Nina Easton, who says that Bolick “confounds his liberal critics because he something that is not supposed to exist on the right: an idealist.”

His latest book is Transformation: The Promise and Politics of Empowerment, published in August 1998 by the Institute for Contemporary Studies. Bolick received his law degree from the University of California at Davis in 1982, and his undergraduate degree from Drew University in 1979.

Jim and Melissa Sharpe

Jim and Melissa have the number-one rated morning radio show in the state of Arizona. Both Jim and Melissa are hard-core libertarians and proud of it. Almost everything dramatic in Jim and Melissa Sharpe’s marriage has happened in the hours before most people brush their teeth. They were married live on the air during morning drivetime. They had competing morning shows. They rode out Hurricane Andrew and the Northridge earthquake, and Jim found out he was going to be a father — again.

The Sharpes met in 1986 while working at co-owned Tucson stations. After announcing their engagement, their boss talked them into getting married on the air. The simulcast wedding was heard on their two stations during morning drive on October 16, 1987.

After stops in Dallas, New Orleans and Los Angeles, Melissa and Jim decided to head back to Jim’s home state of Arizona in 1996. Once again, the Sharpes found themselves on competing morning shows in Phoenix. That is until Newsradio 620 KTAR hatched a plan to put the show back together. In the weeks prior to the Sharpes taking over the Morning Show on KTAR 620, the Valley of the Sun was covered with 4′ x 8′ signs that stated “The Libertarians Are Coming — Double Edge Radio — Jim and Melissa Sharpe — KTAR 620 AM.”

You’ll find it hard to rattle the Sharpes. They were on the air through the devastating tornadoes of Hurricane Andrew in New Orleans and wildfires, mudslides and the Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles broadcasting vital information to their audiences. Jim, however, was rendered speechless one morning when Melissa surprised him on the air with the news that he would be a father for the third time.

Jim grew up in northern Arizona where he graduated from Page High School and attended N.A.U. He enjoys hiking, camping and snapping pictures in the backcountry of Arizona. Melissa is a San Francisco native who moved to Arizona in 1983. She enjoys swimming, reading and going to the movies.


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