Miller Center

Session 2

Speaker: Lloyd Cutler
Date: June 5, 2003
Our second interview session begins with Cutler’s involvement in the Continuity in Government Commission. Cutler then moves to a detailed discussion of his legal career in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He discusses some of his most memorable private clients, his work with the government and involvement in politics, and his experiences in trying to grow his legal career. Next, Cutler details his interactions with the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. He describes his position on the Tightrope Committee and help staffing the Kennedy Justice Department. Under Johnson, he talks about his work on various commissions, including the Violence Commission, and being mentioned for the positions of CIA Director and Commerce Undersecretary. He continues with the Violence Commission under Nixon, along with his work on Democratic National Convention rule changes, Watergate, and the Trilateral Commission. Throughout the session, Cutler tells a variety of anecdotes about his public and private work. These include other important cases and clients as a private attorney, arguing before the Supreme Court and DC Circuit Court, working on civil rights with the NAACP, and battles with Ralph Nader over legal issues relating to auto safety.