Panelist. Mr. Whelan is president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. His areas of expertise include constitutional law and the judicial confirmation process. A leading contributor to National Review Online's Bench Memos blog, he has also written essays and op-eds for leading newspapers, opinion journals, and academic symposia and law reviews. In 2011, the National Law Journal named him among its "Champions and Visionaries" in the practice of law in D.C. Mr. Whelan has served in positions of responsibility in all three branches of the federal government. He is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and to Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. From 2001 until 2004, he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served on Capitol Hill as General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Mr. Whelan is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.