James F. Flug

Professor Flug was a lawyer in all three branches of the federal government, headed two public interest organizations, was counsel and a state director in a Presidential nomination campaign, was a private public-interest lawyer for over 20 years, and has taught at 3 law schools. Among his other activities, Prof. Flug was a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, chaired the Public Interest Law Committee of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association, and has been a speaker, speechwriter, media panelist and interviewee, and author of articles, reports and testimony on legal and governmental issues, including the U.S. Senate, Judicial & Cabinet nominations, Presidential politics, the Justice Department, legal services to the poor, energy policy, legislative advocacy, Presidential commissions, pharmaceutical issues, patent policy, torture policy and Public Service legal careers.

1963-64: Law Clerk to Chief Judge David Bazelon, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
1964-66: Special Assistant to head of the Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Confidential Assistant to U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach.
1967-73: Legislative Assistant, Senator Edward Kennedy (D. Mass.); Chief Counsel, Administrative Practice and Procedure Subcommittee, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
1973-75: Executive Director, National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA)
1975-79: Director and Counsel, Energy Action Committee & Energy Action Foundation.
1979-80: Special Counsel, Maryland Director, Kennedy for President.
1980-2003: Partner, Lobel, Novins, Lamont & Flug; of counsel, Ingersoll & Bloch, and Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke (Key clients: State governments; the Generic Drug industry)
2003-2006: Chief Counsel to Senator Kennedy, Chief Democratic Counsel, Immigration, Border Security & Citizenship Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee
2006-07: At Harvard: Fellow, Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government; Senior Advisor, Office of Public Interest Advising, Lecturer on "Constitutional Lawyering in the U.S. Senate" and “Government Lawyering,” Harvard Law School
2008: Visiting Assoc. Prof., Georgetown U. Law, Acting Director, Legislation & Admin. Clinic
2009-10: Distinguished Visitor, Lecturer on Law & Founding Director, Harvard Law School Washington Semester program; Co-Convener, DC Federal Negotiators Workshop
2011-12: Senior Fellow on Public Service Career Advising, Harvard Law School
2012-15: Adjunct Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, A.U.: Legislation (Clinical Seminar); Advanced Seminar on Government Lawyer Ethics, from Watergate to Torture
Spring 2016: At WCL, taught updated Government Lawyer Ethics Seminar (extended to cover Drone issues)
(Scheduled for) Fall 2017: Further updating of Government Lawyer Ethics Seminar to cover numerous new government lawyer ethical challenges, events and conflicts during first year of current Administration

Degrees & Universities

  • LL.B., Harvard Law School 1963 (Magna Cum Laude; Harvard Law Review)
  • A.B., Harvard College 1960 (Magna Cum Laude (Economics); Phi Beta Kappa)