Miller Center

Cutler Conference

November 10, 2006
12:30 AM


Louis R Cohen

Examining Lloyd Cutler's Service as White House Counsel

This panel explored Lloyd Cutler's contributions as Counsel to the President in two administrations. Cutler served as Counsel to President Carter from 1979-1981 and to President Clinton in 1994. Those who served with him and knew him offered their own observations and assessments of Cutler as Counsel.

Panel:

  • Michael H. Cardozo, Carter Deputy White House Counsel
  • C. Boyden Gray, Bush (41) White House Counsel
  • Joseph Onek, Carter Deputy White House Counsel
  • Jane Sherburne, Clinton Special Counsel

     

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    November 10, 2006
    9:30 AM


    Karen Hult

    The Evolving Role of the White House Counsel

    This opening session panel took a broad look at the evolution of the White House Counsel. Panelists considered the development in the roles and functions of the White House Counsel during their tenure and over time. The panel identified some of the forces and factors that shaped this development.

    Panel:

  • Theodore Sorensen, Kennedy White House Counsel
  • Harry McPherson, Johnson White House Counsel
  • Bradley H. Patterson, formerly Brookings Institution and former White House staff
  • Judge Abner J. Mikva, Clinton White House Counsel
  • Peter Wallison, Reagan White House Counsel

     

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    November 10, 2006
    2:00 PM


    John Harrison

    Defending the Presidency

    Though often referred to as the "president's lawyer," the White House Counsel also bears responsibility for defending the institutional and constitutional prerogatives of the presidency. This panel explored the role of the White House Counsel in defending the presidency, and the challenges that come with such a responsibility. Among the issues covered were executive privilege, congressional investigations, impeachment, independent counsel, and dealing with an opposition Congress.

    Panel:

  • Nancy Kassop, State University of New York at New Paltz
  • Joseph Onek, Carter Deputy White House Counsel
  • Mark J. Rozell, George Mason University
  • Jane Sherburne, Clinton Special Counsel
  • Peter Wallison, Reagan White House Counsel

     

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    November 10, 2006
    3:30 PM


    John C Jeffries, Jr

    Judicial Selection

    The Counsels' influence on legal policy is strongly felt through their role in judicial selection. Though the Department of Justice plays a central role in the staffing of the federal bench, over the past several decades final responsibility for judicial selection has shifted to the Counsel's office. This panel explored the developing role of the White House Counsel in judicial selection.

    Panel:

  • Eleanor D. Acheson, Clinton Assistant Attorney General for Office of Legal Policy
  • Robert Lipshutz, Carter White House Counsel
  • David G. Leitch, Bush (43) Deputy White House Counsel
  • Michael J. Egan, Carter Associate Attorney General
  • C. Boyden Gray, Bush (41) White House Counsel

     

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    November 11, 2006
    12:30 AM


    Nancy V Baker

    White House Counsel: Views from the Department of Justice

    The close relationship between the Counsel's office and the Justice Department extends beyond judicial selection. The Counsel not only serves as the White House liaison with the Department of Justice; it relies on the Department, especially the Office of Legal Counsel, for legal opinions and recommendations, and shares legal policymaking responsibilities with the Department. This panel examined the relationship between the Department of Justice and the White House Counsel's office from the perspective of those who served at Justice.

    Panel:

  • William Barr, Bush (41) Attorney General
  • Walter Dellinger III, Clinton Solicitor General
  • Jamie S. Gorelick, Clinton Deputy Attorney General
  • John M. Harmon, Carter Assistant Attorney General for Office of Legal Counsel

     

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    November 11, 2006
    9:30 AM


    W. Taylor Reveley, III

    War Powers

    Since the post's inception, the White House Counsel has been involved, to varying degrees, in foreign policy matters. As issues of presidential war powers have risen to prominence, so has the Counsel's office involvement in these areas. This panel examined the development of the Counsel's role in matters relating to war powers and foreign policy.

    Panel:

  • John Bellinger III, Legal Adviser, State Department
  • Walter Dellinger III, Clinton Solicitor General
  • Louis Fisher, Library of Congress
  • Theodore Sorensen, Kennedy White House Special Counsel

     

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    November 11, 2006
    11:00 AM


    Gerald L Baliles

    Government Ethics

    The Counsel's office is responsible for advising the president and the White House staff on the requirements of ethics rules. This function creates a unique challenge for the Counsel charged with the sometimes conflicting roles of protecting White House officials from violations and embarrassments and assuming responsibility for ethics enforcement. Over the past two decades, this activity appears to have monopolized much of the time and attention of the Counsel's office staff. This panel examined the responsibilities of the White House Counsel's office in ethics management and the forces that created the demand for such a role.

    Panel:

  • Nancy Kassop, State University of New York at New Paltz
  • Reginald Brown, WilmerHale, Bush (43) Associate White House Counsel
  • Michael Cardozo, Carter Deputy White House Counsel

     

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