National Press Club

Four Former Asst. Attorneys General Look at Civil Rights & DOJ Then & Now

Four Former Asst. Attorneys General Look at Civil Rights & DOJ Then & Now

September 7, 2017 10:00 AM

Location: 4th Estate Room

This event is open only to members of The National Press Club and credentialed press.

White supremacists march through a southern city. The federal courts are hearing cases involving issues of voting rights and discrimination. Is it 1965 or 2017?

Former assistant attorneys general from both Republican and Democratic administrations will appear at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker event on Thurs., Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. in the Club’s Fourth Estate to discuss the federal government’s role in protecting civil rights. This is the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. The four panelists who each led the division will look at what progress has been made since 1957 and what the Civil Rights Division under President Donald Trump should be doing.

Speaking at the Newsmaker news conference:

Stephen J. Pollak served as Asst. Attorney General for Civil Rights from 1965-1969 during the Johnson administration before becoming a lawyer in private practice. Today, he serves as a director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Stan Pottinger led the Civil Rights Division from 1970 to 1977 during both the Nixon and Ford administrations. He later became an investment banker, novelist and lawyer in private practice. In 2013, he was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage.

John Dunne served as a state senator in New York for 24 years prior to becoming the Asst. Attorney General from 1990 to 1993 during the George H.W. Bush administration and today practices law in New York.

Vanita Gupta was appointed to lead the Civil Rights Division by President Obama in 2014 where she remained until January of this year. Currently, she is the president and chief executive officer of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

The National Press Club is located on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C. This news conference is open to credentialed media and NPC members free of charge, but advance registration is required.

For More Information On This Event, Contact:

Lindsay Underwood
(202) 662-7561
lunderwood@press.org

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