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April 22, 2007

US Attorneys to Hold Seminar at Seattle University

Postman notes that next month fired US attorney John McKay will be part of a seminar panel at Seattle University, where he currently teaches law. He'll be joined by fellow oustees David Iglesias and Paul Charleton.

Public Policy Forum - United States Attorneys: Roles and Responsibilities on May 9, 2007: The controversy surrounding the Administration’s recent dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys has revealed many misconceptions and disagreements concerning both the President’s authority concerning these public officials and their obligations to adhere to Administration policy and objectives. This program will examine these and other questions from the viewpoints of former U.S. attorneys, political scientists and constitutional law scholars, including former U.S. Attorneys Paul K. Charlton (District of Arizona); David Iglesias (District of New Mexico); and John McKay (Western District of Washington, now Visiting Faculty, Seattle University School of Law); James Eisenstein, Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University; and Christian Halliburton, Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law; Laurie L. Levenson, Professor of Law; and William M. Rains Fellow and Director of the Center for Ethical Advocacy, Loyola Law School…

Two months ago, the DOJ's Michael Elston threatened the prosecutors with a major smear campaign if they dared to talk publicly about what had transpired with regard to their firings. Since then, the department has experienced a hailstorm of criticism and derision from all quarters. Unintended consequences and all that... Pretty funny.

Posted by shoephone on April 22, 2007 at 01:06 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink


Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs are ordinarily spendy and attendance-limited. Is this an open public component of the program?

Posted by: RonK, Seattle | Apr 22, 2007 7:19:51 AM

Unfortunately, it is hardly free to the general public. The price of admission would be $110.

Posted by: shoephone | Apr 22, 2007 10:14:43 AM

Wow - that is one seminar that would be well worth the cost. Most CLE seminars/courses are often also available on audiotape or CD - you might want to check and see if that is the case with this seminar.

There is a delicious irony in the threats coming back to bite these DOJ wusses in the butt. I don't suppose it ever occurred to Elston that the very reasons why they needed to get rid of these US Attorneys was their ability to stand up for what was right - and these tough career prosecutors, used to investigating and prosecuting crime, and facing down juries and judges, were not likely to be intimidated by some DOJ paper-pusher.

Posted by: Anne | Apr 22, 2007 7:38:37 PM

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