Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
Expert panelists will address the atypical and non-traditional ethical challenges related to national security issues faced by government lawyers, among which are: Who is the client? The general counsel of the relevant agency, the President of the United States, the country as a whole? Does the standard obligation to be a loyal advocate of the client's interests remain the same for a government lawyer? If the standard obligation does not apply, what kind of obligation, if any, does the lawyer owe to the client? Can the lawyer substitute his personal opinion on the matter and reject the position the client seeks to promote? Can the lawyer be fired for refusal to take the position of the client?
Distinguished speakers include:
Joseph Onek, Senior Counsel to the Constitution Project;
Kathleen Clark, Professor, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis (WUSL), specializing in ethics and national security law;
Jesselyn Radack, former DOJ attorney-adviser and whistleblower on the John Walker Lindh case; and
Judge William H. Webster, senior partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, former Director of Central Intelligence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.