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Repeal for Resilience: CDC Mission Creep to Mission Leap

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Online Event: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come under increased scrutiny since the outbreak of COVID-19. For years, many have warned of the risks of the agency’s changing priorities and scope. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the costs of CDC’s mission creep are clear. With only 4 percent of its $7.3 billion annual budget allocated to new infectious diseases and global threats, it left us ill-prepared for the novel coronavirus.

Still, the agency continues to expand its efforts. In September, it issued a national eviction moratorium via an emergency order. The New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) is challenging the constitutionality of this action in Brown, et al. v. CDC. Join CEI for an online discussion about how the CDC went from fighting disease to banning evictions. NCLA Litigation Counsel Caleb Kruckenberg will discuss the stakes and the upcoming hearing. Michelle Minton and Sam Kazman will discuss CEI’s own history challenging the agency, in conversation with CEI President Kent Lassman. 


Sam Kazman, General Counsel, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Caleb Kruckenberg, Litigation Counsel, New Civil Liberties Alliance

Michelle Minton, Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Kent Lassman, President, Competitive Enterprise Institute


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT


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Sam Kazman is General Counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Kazman is a graduate of Cornell University and received his Juris Doctor cum laude at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Caleb Kruckenberg is Litigation Counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance. Before joining NCLA, he represented clients in diverse matters at both the trial and appellate level in a variety of jurisdictions. He began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the New York County District Attorney’s Office, then served as an Assistant Public Defender for the State of New Mexico. He later transitioned to serve as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico. Most recently, he worked as a criminal defense and civil rights attorney in Philadelphia, and as an advocate for criminal justice reform for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Kruckenberg received his J.D., cum laude, from Temple University, Beasley School of Law, where he was the Lead Articles Editor of the Temple Law Review. He also holds a B.A. in fine art from the University of Kansas. In a prior life, Caleb studied figurative painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which was founded in 1805 and was the first art school in the United States.

Michelle Minton is a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where she specializes in consumer policy, covering regulatory issues that include gambling, tobacco harm reduction, cannabis legalization, alcohol, and nutrition. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from Johns Hopkins University and completed her Master of Science degree in Applied Nutrition at the University of New England.

Kent Lassman is President and CEO at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He oversees strategy for the organization, including management of a team of policy, communications, and fundraising staff. Prior to joining CEI, Lassman spent eight years as vice president at a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., counseling clients on campaign approaches to issues ranging from telecommunications to privacy to biotechnology and state licensure.


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