2013 Conference

The NAFUSA DC Planning Committee, chaired by President Jay Stephens, has announced plans for this year’s NAFUSA conference to be held at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, September 26-28, 2013.

The conference will open with a cocktail reception sponsored by Ernst & Young on Thursday evening, September 26, from 6-8 PM on the roof top of Jones Day, overlooking the Capitol, one of the finest venues in Washington. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the hotel. For those interested in playing golf on Thursday morning, the outing will take place in Arlington, VA at the Army Navy Country Club, with the first tee time at 8:00 AM The cost per player is $110, though it will be more for those who wish to rent clubs. The course is a 10-minute cab ride from the hotel, and cab sharing or a van can be organized once we determine how many are playing. If you are interested in playing please send an email to Jeff Taylor at Jeffrey.A.Taylor@Raytheon.com. Spouses and sponsors are welcome to play, too.

On Friday morning, September 27, the CLE portion of the conference will open at 8 AM, with a welcome from DC US Attorney Ronald Machen, followed by the traditional roundhouse introduction of members. The morning will feature two panel discussions. The first on the False Claims Act, moderated by Bart Daniel and featuring Michael Granston from DOJ, Mark Roberts of Ernst & Young, and NAFUSA memers Atlee Wampler and Jack Selden, who practice extensively in the False Claims area. The second panel, National Security and Surveillance, will be moderated by Charlie Savage and will feature NAFUSA member Ken Wainstein, Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU and Rober Litt, General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Friday’s lunch feature a panel discussion “Counter-terrorism, National Security and the Law” moderated by Michael Isikoff of NBC and featuring John Bellinger of Arnold & Porter and Juan Zarate, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies. NAFUSA members will then be invited to Main Justice to meet with James Cole, the Deputy Attorney General, Tony West, the Associate Attorney General and Marshall Jarrett, Loretta Lynch and David Margolis. The new director of the FBI, Jim Comey, will also meet with us.

Friday evening will feature class reunion dinners.

On Saturday morning, September 28, the CLE programs will continue with the presentation of the J. Michael Bradford Award to the Assistant United States Attorney of the year, Michael Bosworth.. It will be followed by a panel discussion on criminal disclosure ethics, moderated by Mary Patrice Brown of O’Melveny & Myers, the former head of OPR, with U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman, Andrew Goldsmith, National Criminal Discovery Coordinator at DOJ and Reid Weingarten of Steptoe & Johnson. The final panel of the conference with be on the Supreme Court, moderated by Pete Williams of NBC and featuring NAFUSA member Ted Olson and Carter Phillips.

Lunch on Saturday will be on a leisurely cruise on the Potomac River, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig. The conference will close on Saturday evening with a dinner and general membership meeting.