When your client is the United States of America or some other governmental entity, what do you do when those entrusted with the power of the people decide to take actions that may be inconsistent with the law or other applicable requirements? Are there times when Government lawyers need to take action to protect the Rule of Law from acts, whether of commission or omission, by those in power? Government lawyers sometimes are confronted with these questions and must decide what is the right thing to do - often with respect to politically sensitive matters. The circumstances and issues can vary greatly, reflecting the many different types of positions held by Government lawyers as well as the diverse applicable laws, rules, and guidelines they are responsible for enforcing. Join Cornell Law School alumni as they examine and discuss their experiences, and how their Cornell Law School training influenced the way they and others have upheld the Rule of Law.
Jens Ohlin, Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Akua Akyea, Assistant Dean for Public Service, Cornell Law School
Marion Bachrach, JD ’77, Of Counsel, Thompson & Knight LLP and Adjunct Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Michael K. Atkinson, JD ’91, Former Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Annette Hayes, JD ’91, Former United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington