Senior Fellow in Residence

Jim Flug

During the spring, 2007 academic semester, the Heyman Fellowship Program welcomed the first Senior Heyman Fellow in Residence. James Flug has had a long and stellar career in public service, much of it in federal government, and has always been an enthusiastic supporter of the Heyman Fellowship Program and federal public service in general. As Senior Heyman Fellow in Residence, Mr. Flug counseled students about federal careers, and developed and moderated programs on cutting edge issues of federal law and practice. (NSA Wiretapping Panel | US Attorney Firings Panel | Q&A with Ron Weich) During the 2011-12 academic year, Mr. Flug will continue to assist the program as a Senior Heyman Fellow from Washington, DC.

Mr. Flug is a 1959 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a 1963 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was member of the Law Review. Mr. Flug clerked for Chief Judge David Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. After clerking, he served as Assistant to the head of the Tax Division of the Department of Justice, and as confidential Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, Nicholas Katzenbach. Thereafter, he started a long-standing relationship with Senator Edward Kennedy, serving first as his Legislative Assistant and then as Chief Counsel for the Subcommittee on the Administrative Practices and Procedure for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. During this first stint with Senator Kennedy, Mr. Flug assisted in protecting the Supreme Court's "one man, one vote" decision from Congressional attack, the passage of the 1968 gun control law, the defeat of two Nixon Supreme Court nominations, and the first formal investigation of the Watergate scandal.

As Executive Director of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA), Mr. Flug was instrumental in the adoption and implementation of the first Legal Services Corporation Act, and then became Director and Counsel to the Energy Action Committee of the Energy Action Foundation. He worked as Special Counsel for Kennedy for President from 1979-1980. From 1980 to 2003, he practiced private public interest law in Washington D.C. (first as a partner with Lobel, Novins & Lamont and later of counsel to Ingersoll and Bloch and to Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke), and as Special Litigation Attorney for States on Oil Overcharge Refund, assisted many state governments in obtaining large oil overcharge refunds for use in their energy programs. In addition, as Washington Counsel for the Generic Drug industry, he helped enact the historic "Hatch-Waxman" compromise accelerating approvals of generic drugs.

In 2003, Mr. Flug returned to the Senate as Senator Kennedy's Chief Counsel, working on legal and constitutional issues, including the Roberts and Alito Supreme Court nominations. In the fall of 2006, he was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, as well as a senior advisor in the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School, where he also taught the reading group "Constitutional Lawyering in the U.S. Senate" and the Government Lawyer course (Spring Semester).

Since 1997, Mr. Flug has served as the Chairman of the Public Interest Law Committee of the Harvard Law School Association. He has been a speaker, speechwriter, media panelist and interviewee, and author of articles, reports and testimony on numerous legal and political issues.

Last modified: June 10, 2015

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