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Neal Katyal: Institutionalizing Dissent

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval

How can we restructure the Executive Branch to create separation of powers in an age of partisan conflict? Is there a way to create institutions that argue against one another? The Judiciary, of course, has such features, but it is conventionally thought that the Executive (particularly in this unitary age) does not. This lecture will explain why that’s descriptively and normatively incorrect. Drawing on everything from the CIA’s red cells to the Solicitor General’s role, Professor Katyal will put forth a different way of thinking about the Executive Branch.

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Speaker Information Neal Katyal is the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of Law at Georgetown University and a Partner at Hogan Lovells. He recently served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States (and before that Principal Deputy Solicitor General), where he argued several major Supreme Court cases involving a variety of issues, such as his successful defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his victorious defense of former Attorney General John Ashcroft for alleged abuses in the war on terror, his unanimous victory against 8 states who sued the nation's leading power plants for contributing to global warming, and a variety of other matters. In 2006, he won the landmark Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in the Supreme Court, a case that challenged President Bush’s Guantanamo and Geneva Convention policies. He has argued 28 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States, with 26 of them in the last 7 years. He is already counsel in 3 cases that have been granted for the October, 2016 Term at the Supreme Court, and is expected to be arguing during the Court’s November, December, and January sessions.

At Georgetown, Neal was one of the youngest professors to have received tenure and a chaired professorship in the university's history. He is the recipient of the very highest award given to a civilian by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Edmund Randolph Award, which the Attorney General presented to him in 2011. The Chief Justice of the United States appointed him in 2011 to the Advisory Committee on Federal Appellate Rules. Additionally, he was named as One of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Last Decade Nationwide by National Law Journal (2010) One of the 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers Over the Last 30 Years by Legal Times (2008) Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers USA (2006) Runner-Up for Lawyer of the Year by National Law Journal (2006) One of the Top 50 Litigators Nationwide 45 Years Old or Younger by American Lawyer (2007) and one of the top 500 lawyers in the country by LawDragon Magazine for each of the last seven years. He also won the National Law Journal’s pro bono award in 2004. His articles have appeared in nearly every major national law review and newspaper, and Neal has appeared on every major news program, as well as in other venues such as the Colbert Report (three times) and House of Cards.
Event Location
Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

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