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Having Justice as a Client: Four Decades as a Lawyer for the Feds

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By Office of Career Services

Monday, November 16, 2020 4:30pm to 5:30pm

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Monday, November 16, 2020 4:30pm to 5:30pm

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—in an off-the-record conversation with Keith Raffel, Mather House Resident Scholar and former counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Have you thought about a legal career in the federal government? Wonder what’s it like spending 40 years as an attorney in the Department of Justice? Or arguing before the Supreme Court on behalf of the House of Representatives? Or preparing articles of impeachment against the sitting president?

You won’t want to miss hearing what Douglas Letter, General Counsel of the House of Representatives, has to say in an off-the-record, post-election conversation with Keith Raffel, former counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Mr. Letter was appointed General Counsel to the House by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in January 2019 at the beginning of the 116th Congress. In that position he has argued before the Supreme Court for House access to the president’s tax returns. He has directed his office in submitting a brief to prevent rollback of LGBTQ protections in the Affordable Care Act. He also provided legal counsel on the House’s impeachment of President Trump.

Until February 2018, Mr. Letter served as the Director of the Civil Division Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice. In his four decades in the DOJ, he also served as Associate Counsel to President Bill Clinton, as Deputy Associate Attorney General, and as Senior Counselor to the Attorney General. He has presented over 200 oral arguments before the Supreme Court and federal district and appellate courts.

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