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

[ Seminar Brochure ]

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

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

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

UA Law ’81

10:15 – 10:30          Break

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

Leslie Proll -  Former Director of the Departmental Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Transportation
Sarah Saldana - Former US Attorney Northern District Texas
Former Director of ICE
David Browsher - Partner, Adams and Reese and Former Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel at the United States Department of Commerce

Moderated by Joyce Vance

11:45 – 12:00          Break

12:00 – 1:15          Lunch and Session III – The Role of Prosecutors in Criminal Justice Reform

Peter NeronhaFormer US Attorney Rhode Island, Current Candidate for Rhode Island Attorney General
Emily Gray RiceCity Solicitor for Manchester, New Hampshire, Former U.S. Attorney – New Hampshire
Greg DavisPartner, Goss & Williams and Former U.S. Attorney – Southern District of Mississippi

Moderator Meg Reiss - Executive Director, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

1:15                     Adjourn