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American Executive Branch in the Early 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities


March 3, 2011 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Room Offsite

Join Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Professor & Deane Johnson Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School and former Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy, and other Stanford alumni with experience serving in the executive branch, as they discuss some of the challenges that they have faced and continue to face in public service.

Michael Fitzpatrick, JD '93, Associate Administrator of the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Ivan Fong, JD '87, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Robert S. Rivkin, JD '87, General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation
Dawn Smalls, JD '03, Executive Secretary to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Tony West, JD '92, U.S. Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division

$20 for alumni and guests, $15 for young alumni ('00-'10) and those working in the public service sector.

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Every day the executive branch of the federal government faces complex challenges involving peace and security, protecting our natural resources, public health and other issues with major consequences for the country.  Lawyers working in high-level legal and policy positions within the executive branch have a unique vantage-point for understanding and managing those challenges.  

At a time of major economic, political, and global change, how well-equipped is the executive branch to advance the interests of the American people?  What new challenges does the country face that call for a response from the executive branch?  What is the role of lawyers and legally-trained policy makers in dealing with difficult issues, such as balancing science and accountability, protecting the country's security, and safeguarding the environment?


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