Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Columbia Law - Alumni and development
General Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives in conversation with Elliot Williams, JD LAW'02, MS JRN'02, BA Penn'98, CNN Legal Analyst, Principal at Raben Group Are there checks and balances, if there is no one to implement it? We have seen strains on the traditional checks and balances system under this administration, with disputes over congressional oversight authority around subpoenas, Inspector Generals and other high profile topics. It is our pleasure to have eminent legal scholar Douglas Letter on board to discuss the legal and political underpinnings between these conflicts. General Counsel Letter is the perfect guide for this topic, with decades of experience in the Executive and Legislative Branches of government. From his unique vantage point, General Counsel Letter will discuss the boundaries of Executive power and privilege as outlined in the Constitution, the role of the Legislature in safeguarding these boundaries, and whether our laws are inadequate in their current form, or they simply require time and space to do their work, as designed by the founding fathers. The interview will be followed by Q&A.