April 13, 2018
Starting 7:45 AM
Raleigh, NC
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

About the conference

Tearing Down Barriers to Freedom: CLC 2018

Thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan made the powerful call: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”.

He was calling for an end to the barriers that kept citizens trapped in communist tyranny. And it worked. Soon the Berlin wall fell and the world rejoiced.

Today, the barriers we fight are ones envisioned by the Left and erected by government that squelch innovation, limit opportunity, and prevent true flourishing.

The mission of the Civitas Institute is to Fight to eliminate barriers to freedom so North Carolinians can live a better life.

We believe North Carolina can and should lead the nation to a future of unfettered opportunity without political favoritism.

The 2018 CLC will identify the biggest obstacles to freedom for North Carolinians and equip attendees with the knowledge and training to do their part to eliminate them.

Topics covered

CLC courses and speeches help us look to the inalienable principles of the past, to help us chart a course for liberty’s future.

The dignity and sanctity of life is our first fundamental right, and the one that precedes all others. #CLC2017 courses & speeches focusing on this right include:
The fundamental right of having liberty over our own lives is what makes a life worth living. #CLC2017 courses & speeches focusing on this right include:
The free life has the right to chart its own course in the pursuit of happiness and economic flourishing. #CLC2017 courses & speeches focusing on this right include:

Ready to join our fight for Liberty? Register now!

Join fellow patriots and thought leaders from ADF, Breitbart, Civitas, Congress, Heritage Foundation, Judicial Watch, National Review, Susan B. Anthony List, and more!

Our speakers

Featured speakers from leading conservative and liberty-loving organizations.


Get your CLC2017 tickets below.Are you part of the President’s club or interested in student pricing? Call us at (919) 747-8052.

Program schedule

Join patriots from the leading conservative and liberty-loving organizations from across the world.



Friday Registration Period
Ann McElhinney
Journalist, Film Producer and Director, Ann and Phelim Media

Gosnell Movie Sneak-Peek Screening (LIMITED)

Gosnell: America's Biggest Serial Killer is an upcoming American film about Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor who is reported to have killed hundreds of infants born alive during abortion procedures, and convicted of three counts of murder and whom many consider to be a serial killer.
Nigel Farage
Former Leader, UK Independence Party - BREXIT

President’s Club VIP Reception

Hear from Nigel Farage, the co-founder and long serving leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), and the mastermind and voice behind BREXIT.
Nigel Farage
Former Leader, UK Independence Party - BREXIT

Conservative Leadership Conference Keynote Dinner

The Civitas Audentia Award Dinner is a ceremony where the Civitas Institute presents its most prestigious award to an individual whose life's work has been devoted to defending the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Cigar Reception
Cigar Reception

Cigar Reception

  Pursuit of Happiness
Join us after our opening speeches for a cigar reception.


Conference registration period.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, Francis De Luca, Dale Folwell, Gov. Pat McCrory
Marjorie Dannenfelser, Francis De Luca, Dale Folwell, Gov. Pat McCrory
President, Susan B. Anthony List; Treasurer, NC Department of State Treasurer; President, Civitas Institute; Former Governor

Breakfast General Session

Enjoy breakfast and hear opening speeches from life and liberty leaders such as Marjorie Dannenfelser, Dale Folwell, and Francis De Luca.
Brandon Darby
Breitbart Texas, Managing Director

How Right Media Can and Should Re-Take the High Ground

Brandon Michael Darby is an activist who rose to international recognition for his role in co-founding and directing the Common Ground Relief organization in New Orleans’ 9th Ward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Lawson Bader, Tom Fitton, Rep. Mark Walker, Michael Farris
President and CEO, DonorsTrust; Managing Director, Breitbart Texas; President, Judicial Watch; Congressman, United States House of Representatives

Plenary Lunch Session

Join us for a plenary lunch session featuring influential conservative leaders like Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, Lawson Bader of DonorsTrust, and US Congressman Mark Walker
Hans Von Spakovsky
The Heritage Foundation, Senior Legal Fellow

The Real Threat to Election Integrity

Hans von Spakovsky is an authority on a wide range of issues – including civil rights, civil justice, the First Amendment, immigration, the rule of law and government reform — as a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.
John Fund, George Landrith
National-Affairs Columnist, National Review; President and CEO, Frontiers of Freedom

Emerging Conservative Policy Issues

  Pursuit of Happiness
John Fund is national-affairs columnist for National Review. He worked for the Wall Street Journal for more than two decades. Since 1998, George Landrith has served as the President and CEO of Frontiers of Freedom – a public policy think tank devoted to promoting a strong national defense, free markets, individual liberty, and constitutionally limited government.
Cliff Maloney jr.
President, Young Americans for Liberty

Free Speech and Justice For All

Cliff joined YAL in 2011 as a Chapter President and quickly took on the role of Pennsylvania State Chairman. He now serves as YAL's President. Last year, he served as National Youth Director for Rand Paul's 2016 Presidential Campaign Committee.
Dave Johnson
Director of Training & Curriculum, Grassroots Leadership Academy

Unleash The Power of Economic Freedom

  Pursuit of Happiness
This session teaches participants about the Economic Freedom Index, why it’s important, and how activists can use it to measure the current economic freedom of the United States.
J. Scott Moody
Director, Family Prosperity Initiative

Are North Carolina Families Winning?

J. Scott Moody has worked as a Public Policy Economist for over 18 years. He is the author, co-author and editor of 170 studies and books. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. Congress as well as various state legislatures.
Sean Lansing, Rep. Mark Meadows
Chief Operating Officer, Americans for Prosperity Foundation; Congressman, United States House of Representatives

Closing General Session

Join fellow patriots for the closing general session, featuring leaders in defending and advancing life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Venue location

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
From $119 per night

Contact us

805 Spring Forest Rd,
Ste 100,
Raleigh, NC 27609
  • DATE

    June 16-17, 2017

    Raleigh, NC

    Raleigh Marriott

    22 Different Speakers