Chief counsel for oversight and investigations for the House Judiciary Committee speaks at Duke Law Aug. 23

August 20, 2007Duke Law News

The Program in Public Law will launch its programming for the fall semester on Aug. 23 with a lunchtime look at the current battle between the Bush administration and Congress over the issue of executive privilege. Elliot Mincberg, chief counsel for oversight and investigations for the House Judiciary Committee will discuss, among other issues, congressional attempts to compel current and former White House officials to testify and produce documents relating to the firing of nine U.S. attorneys and the administration’s broad claim of executive privilege in response.

This event will get underway at 12:15 p.m. in room 3041 at Duke Law School, which is located at the corner of Science Drive and Towerview Road on Duke’s West Campus. It is free and open to the public; parking is available at the Bryan Center. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mincberg came to the House Judiciary Committee, headed by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich) in Feb. 2007, from People For the American Way Foundation, where he served as vice president, general counsel, and legal director, a national, non-partisan citizens’ organization that works to promote religious liberty, church-state separation, public education, and free expression. He was previously a partner in Hogan and Hartson in Washington, D.C, where specialized in education law and civil litigation.

"Current Disputes over Executive Privilege" will be webcast live at

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