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The Role of Lawyers in Good Government Symposium

March 2, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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8:00 – 8:30
Continental Breakfast (outside the McMillan Lecture Halls (287/288))

8:30 – 9:00
Welcome and Introduction
Mark Brandon – Dean, 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
The Honorable Richard W. Moore – U.S. Attorney – Southern District of Alabama
The Honorable Jay E. Town – U.S. Attorney – Northern District of Alabama
The Honorable Donald Q. Cochran – U.S. Attorney – Middle District of Tennessee
Moderated by Leura G. Canary – General Counsel, Retirement Systems of Alabama and Former U.S. Attorney Middle District of Alabama

10:15 – 10:30

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 R. Saldaña – Former Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Former U.S. Attorney – Northern District of Texas
David K. Bowsher – Partner, Adams and Reese and Former Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel at the United States Department of Commerce
Moderated by Joyce White Vance

11:45 – 12:00

12:00 – 1:15
Lunch and Session III – The Role of Prosecutors in Criminal Justice Reform
Peter F. Neronha – Candidate for Rhode Island Attorney General, Former U.S. Attorney – Rhode Island
Emily Gray Rice – City Solicitor for Manchester, New Hampshire, Former U.S. Attorney – New Hampshire
Greg R. Davis – Partner, Goss & Williams and Former U.S. Attorney – Southern District of Mississippi
Moderated by Meg Reiss – Executive Director, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution


March 2, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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