The Role of Lawyers in Good Government

March 2, 2018

The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa
8:30 a.m.
3.8, including 1 hour of ethics

Lawyers play an essential role in our government. Although we are used to thinking of them in key roles in the Justice Department, they also play leadership roles in investigative and other executive branch agencies and contribute to major policy decisions. Our symposium will consist of three panels. First, we will hear from current U.S. Attorneys, who will discuss their role as the chief federal law enforcement official in their respective districts. Second, we will hear from a panel of former government lawyers who assumed key roles in law enforcement and cabinet level agencies. And finally, we will hear about the role that U.S. Attorneys played in shaping criminal justice policy. Good government is dependent on the lawyers who work to support it and move it forward. This symposium will present an opportunity to hear the views of lawyers from multiple administrations about their roles in government and engage with them through questions and answers.


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If you are unable to attend this seminar in person, you also have the option of watching LIVE from your own computer. Live webcasting allows attorneys from all parts of the state to have access to quality speakers and programs without having to travel. Webcasts count as "live credits" just as if the viewer were in attendance at the seminar. 

TO REGISTER FOR THE WEBCASTClick Here and follow the on screen instructions.

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To pay by credit card, select the registration option below:

$249 LIVE ON SITE SEMINAR - includes handout materials in ELECTRONIC FORMAT Registration
You will be emailed the seminar materials prior to the seminar day

To pay by check, you may download and print the mail in registration form.
Mail your form and check to: CLE Alabama, Box 870384, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0384.

8:30 – 9:00            Welcome and Introduction

Mark BrandonDean, University of Alabama School of Law
Joyce Vance - Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law – UA School of Law

9:00 – 10:15          Session I - The Role of the US Attorney

Richard MooreSouthern District Alabama
Jay TownNorthern District Alabama
Don CochranMiddle District Tennessee

Moderated by Leura Canary
Former US Attorney - Middle District Alabama
General Counsel Retirement Systems Alabama

UA Law ’81

10:15 – 10:30          Break

10:30 – 11:45        Session II - The Role of Lawyers as Executive Agency Leaders

Chuck Rosenberg -  Former US Attorney in EDVA
Former FBI Chief of Staff
Former Administrator of DEA

Sarah Saldana - Former US Attorney Northern District Texas
Former Director of ICE
Matthew Colangelo  - Former Deputy Assistant AG for Civil Rights at Department of Justice
Former Chief of Staff to Department of Labor Secretary
Former Deputy Director of National Economic Council at the White House
Currently Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice for New York AG

Moderated by Joyce Vance

12:00 – 1:30          Lunch and Session III – The Role of Prosecutors in Criminal Justice Reform

Peter NeronhaFormer US Attorney Rhode Island
Emily RiceFormer US Attorney New Hampshire
Greg DavisFormer US Attorney Southern District Mississippi
Ed StauntonFormer US Attorney Western District Tennessee

Moderator Meg Reiss - John Jay College

1:30                     Adjourn