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  • "Who is the Decider? Congressional Oversight of Presidential War Powers."
    Thursday, Feb. 22 2007, 12pm - 1:20pm in Room 100; pizza will be served

    This panel discussion will address the President's exercise of his war powers, against the background of the war in Iraq. The panel will focus on Congress' authority to control or place limits on the President's conduct of the Iraq War and will explore the tension between the President's constitutional responsibilities as Commander in Chief and Congress' legislative, budget, and oversight prerogatives. The panelists will further touch on the options before Congress, some of the changes brought about by the Democratic Party's takeover of the House and the Senate, and possible involvement of the Judicial branch.


    • Moderator: Daniel Marcus - Professor, WCL; former Assoc. AG (1999-2001) and Senior Counsel, White House Counsel's Office (1998-99)
    • Patrick Philbin - former Assoc. Dep. AG for National Security (2003-05) and Assistant AG, DOJ Office of Legal Counsel (2001-03)
    • Martin Lederman - Professor, Georgetown Law; former Attorney Advisor at DOJ Office of Legal Counsel (1994-2002); frequent contributor to SCOTUSblog & Balkinization

    Brought to you by the WCL Law and Government Society, with the support of the LLM Program on Law & Government.

  • Careers in the Government Panel
    Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, 12pm - 1pm in Room 503; pizza will be served

    The Law and Government Society is proudly sponsoring a panel of distinguished alumni and practitioners with legal careers in government work. Come hear how they got their start in the government and the inside tips they have to offer for breaking into the public sector.

    Panelists include the Chief of Staff from a Congressional Office, a Chief Counsel from the Department of Commerce, a Trial Attorney from the Department of Labor, and a Law Clerk for a District of Columbia Court of Appeals judge.

    One of the panelists, Stephen D. Gardner (Chief Counsel of the Commercial Law Development Program at the U.S. Department of Commerce), has asked us to distribute this PowerPoint file, which contains his contact information and further information about his office.

  • How the Legislative Drafting Process on Capitol Hill Really Works
    Thursday, Sept. 28th, 6:30pm - 8pm in Room 602; pizza, sandwiches, and soda will be provided

    Are you interested in learning how federal laws are drafted? Come find out how the process really works. The Federal Bar Association, the Law and Government Society, and Criminal Law Brief invite you to learn about the nuts and bolts of legislative drafting, including specifically an overview of how criminal statutes are written.

    The presenter, Toby Dorsey is an attorney in the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he works primarily on issues relating to national defense, homeland security, and civil and criminal justice. Toby is also the author of The Legislative Drafter's Handbook: A Practical Guide and serves on the governing council of the FBA.

    Mr. Dorsey will also explain how the drafting process relates to the legislative process. This is a great opportunity for law students who hope to work on the Hill to learn about the drafting process and to find out how to become involved in the Federal Bar Association (Capitol Hill Chapter).

    For more information, contact Stephanie Atkinson at

  • The 8th Annual "Looking Ahead at the New Supreme Court Term"
    Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, 11:50am - 1:30pm in Room 603; pizza will be served

    Come Listen to WCL Experts Preview the Important Cases of the Upcoming Supreme Court Term


    • Professor Cynthia Jones
    • Professor Mark Niles
    • Professor Ira Robbins
    • Professor Steve Wermiel

    Presented by the Program on Law and Government, the Law & Government Society, and the Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education.

  • National Monument and U.S. Capitol Tour and Lunch Banquet
    Monday, August 14, 2006, 8:30am

    We welcome the Class of 2009 and LL.M. students to the Washington College of Law and invite you to enjoy a memorable day in the District - on us.

    Stops along the National Mall, including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, F.D.R. Memorial, and the White House and a lunch banquet in the U.S. Capitol featuring a WCL Alumnus speaker.

    Students will also have the opportunity to meet and greet some WCL Alumni and Faculty during the U.S. Capitol lunch banquet.

    Click here for more information about the event and how to RSVP.

Note: the event calendar is currently undergoing revisions during the budget approval process.

The Board of the Law and Government Society is currently planning several events for the upcoming semester. If you would like us to consider any ideas for new events, please e-mail us at