An Introduction to the Federalist Society’s Panelist Discussion Titled ‘Deregulating the Markets: The JOBS Act’

Lawrence A. Hamermesh & Peter I. Tsoflias 

At its 2012 National Lawyers Convention in Washington, D.C., the Corporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice Group of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies hosted a panel discussion titled “Deregulating the Markets: The JOBS Act.” The panel members were the Honorable Daniel M. Gallagher, Joseph H. Kaufman, Joanne T. Medero, Professor Robert T. Miller, and Professor Robert B. Thompson. The Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook moderated the discussion.

This Article begins with a cursory overview of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act” or “Act”) provisions discussed by the panelists. It then summarizes the positions expressed by each of the panelists with respect to those provisions. This Article concludes with the Authors’ own commentary on the panelists’ discussion.