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Past and present Heyman fellows, OPIA staff and special guests gathered in Washington, DC to celebrate together annual event.
This stellar panel of former DOJ officials discussed what the new Attorney General (whoever he or she may be) will need to do to get DOJ back on track. Panelists, both in-person and via speakerphone, included:
Professor Phil Heyman, former Deputy Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General (Criminal Division)
Professor Walter Dellinger, former Acting Solicitor General and Assistant Attorney General (Office of Legal Counsel)
Bud Cummins, former US Attorney, Eastern District of Arkansas
William Yeomans, former Acting Assistant Attorney General (Civil Rights Division)
Donald Ayer, former Principal Deputy Solicitor General and Deputy Attorney General
James Flug, former Confidential Assistant to Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach
The Berkman Center for Internet and Society has pulled together a great deal of supporting information on the panelists and the subject matter of this event at the following wiki:
The audiocast of the event is available here: http://www.law.harvard.edu/media/2007/10/01/heymann.mp3. Please note that the actual program begins 9 minutes and 16 seconds into the webcast.
Senior Heyman Fellow in Residence Jim Flug moderated an afternoon panel discussion on the recent dismissal of several US Attorneys. Students heard from one of the dismissed US Attorneys, Bud Cummins, as well as from Professor David Barron, Ari Shapiro (Justice Reporter for National Public Radio), Elliot Mincberg (Chief Counsel for Oversight and Investigations for the House Judiciary Committee), and Stuart Gerson (former Acting Attorney General in the Civil Division of DOJ) as they discussed the firings and subsequent congressional hearings.
Ron Weich, Legal counsel to Senator Harry Reid and former Chief Counsel to Senator Ted Kennedy, joined Senior Heyman Fellow in Residence Jim Flug (himself twice the former Chief Counsel to Kennedy) at an informal gathering for students in the OPIA office. Weich and Flug compared notes on working as counsel to powerful senators during widely varying historic eras.
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Senior Heyman Fellow in Residence Jim Flug hosted a lunchtime panel discussion on the 6th Circuit's case ACLU v. NSA, in which the ACLU challenged the legality of the NSA's warrant-less wiretapping program. After listening to audio of the oral argument, students discussed key elements of the case with Flug, HLS Professor Mark Tushnet, and Anne Beeson, Associate Legal Director of the ACLU, who had argued the case before the 6th Circuit just days before.
The 2007 Heyman Summer Interns gathered for a brief introduction to the program and to meet one another.
Three Heyman Fellows accompanied Director Joan Ruttenberg to a meeting of Dean Elena Kagan’s Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. to introduce board members to the Heyman fellowship Program. Founder Sam Heyman, also a member of the DAB, joined the presentation by speakerphone from New York. Heyman Fellows Ellisa hart-Mahan (DOJ, Criminal Tax), Isaac Lidsky (DOJ, Civil Appellate), and Adam Szubin (Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Dept. of Treasury) discussed their career choices and job satisfaction in their federal positions. The audience was enthusiastic, one board member proclaiming that to her, the Heyman Program was “the soul of Harvard Law School”.
Heyman Summer Interns were invited to participate in a discussion of international law and reception with John B. Bellinger, II, Legal Adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, sponsored by the American Society of International Law.
Heyman Summer Interns and Heyman Fellows and alumni, along with an assortment of other federal lawyers, gathered at the Partnership for Public Service for a mixer.
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Heyman Summer Interns gathered at the federal courthouse for a question and answer session with DC Federal District Judge Richard Leon.
Heyman Summer Interns joined other federal interns at a reception in the National Air and Space Museum featuring House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and political commentator Cokie Roberts. The reception was sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service.
Heyman Summer Interns gathered for lunch and free-ranging discussion with Rod Rosenstein, former longtime DOJ attorney and current US Attorney for the District of Maryland. Discussion ranged from career choices to the differences between practicing at DOJ versus within a US Attorney’s Office to the impacts of politics on federal prosecuting.
Heyman Summer Interns were invited to participate in a talk by and reception with the Honorable Patricia Wald, former Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and former Judge and Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The event took place at and was sponsored by the American Society of International Law.
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