Conference to Address Key Issues Facing the DOJ in the Obama Administration


WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 13, 2008 – On the heels of the 2008 election, American University Washington College of Law will host “Justice and the New Administration,” aimed at framing the agenda for the Department of Justice in the next administration.  The conference will include two panels focusing on timely and critical issues: civil rights, including voting rights, affirmative action, education, and religion; and the Office of Legal Counsel, examining the Office's role in formulating legal opinions on issues ranging from the Second Amendment to torture. 

Jamie Gorelick, former deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, will give the keynote address and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) is also scheduled to participate.

This conference is free and open to the public. Please register online or contact Media representatives should contact Franki Fitterer at (202) 274-4279 or

“Justice and the New Administration”
 Monday, Nov. 17, 2008
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
(4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Room 603)

10:30 am           Registration

11:00 am           Introductions: Professor Jamin Raskin, director of the Program on Law and Government at American University Washington College of Law, and Linda Singer, fellow in Law and Government at WCL and co-chair, Public Client Practice, Zuckerman Spaeder

11:15 am           Panel 1:  An Agenda for Civil Rights

  • John Payton, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Joe Rich, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, former Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division
  • Richard Samp, Chief Counsel, Washington Legal Foundation
  • Moderator:  Sherrilyn Ifill, University of Maryland School of Law

12:30 pm          Lunch and keynote speaker, Jamie Gorelick, partner WilmerHale, former Deputy Attorney General

1:30 pm            Panel 2:  The Role of the Office of Legal Counsel

  • Brad Berenson, Sidley & Austin, former Associate Counsel to the President
  • Martin Lederman, Georgetown Law School, former Attorney Advisor, OLC
  • Dan Levin, White & Case, former Acting Assistant Attorney General, OLC
  • Moderator:  Daniel Marcus, American University Washington College of Law

3:00 pm            Adjourn