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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff To Speak at Inaugural Heyman Colloquium April 7

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will be the keynote speaker at the first annual Heyman Federal Public Service Colloquium taking place Monday, April 7, at Yale Law School. Homeland Security Secretary since February 2005, Chertoff also served as United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. His talk is titled "Confronting the Threats to Our Homeland."

The Colloquium highlights the Heyman Federal Public Service Fellowship Program at Yale Law School, which, since 2006, has enabled graduates to explore careers in public service by working closely with high-level U.S. government leaders for a year. The Colloquium is co-sponsored by the Career Development Office and the Dean’s Office. It is open to all Law School students; Secretary Chertoff’s lecture is open to the public as well.

Educational programs will be offered throughout the day, including mentor-in-residence opportunities from 10 a.m. to noon in which students may meet with current and former Heyman Fellows. Panel discussions with the Fellows will follow from 12:30 – 2 p.m., and at 4:30 p.m., Secretary Chertoff will deliver the Sam and Ronnie ’72 Heyman Federal Public Service Fellowship Lecture.

Heyman Fellows taking part in the Colloquium are:

2008-2009—Jon Donenberg ’08, who will work as a Special Assistant with Representative Henry Waxman and the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform; Stephen Lilley ’06, who will be Special Assistant to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and the Senate Judiciary Committee; and Michael Pyle ’04, who will be a Special Assistant to Peter Orszag, the Director of the Congressional Budget Office.

2007-2008—Andrew DeFilippis ’06, Counselor to Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; Heloisa Griggs ’07, Counselor to Senator Richard Durbin and the Senate Subcomittee on Human Rights; and David Pozen ’07, Special Assistant to Senator Edward Kennedy.

2006-2007— Kate Kimpel ’06, former Special Counsel to Senator Russell Feingold and the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution; and Mark Totten ’06, former Special Assistant to Robert Kopp, Director of Appellate Staff,  Civil Division, Department of Justice.