October 13 Friday

Congress and Foreign Policy Conference

  • Friday, October 13, 2017 at 8:15AM - 2:00PM
  • Sterling Law Building 127 (registration and breakfast - SLB 122)
  • Open To The YLS Community Only
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Congress and Foreign Policy Conference Agenda

8:15a-9:00a - Breakfast - SLB 122

9:00a-10:15a - Panel One: Congress and the President’s War Powers - SLB 127

Judge David J. Barron
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, 2009–2010
John B. Bellinger, III
Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, 2005–2009

John Bellinger is a Partner and head of the public international law practice in the Washington, D.C. office of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer and Adjunct Senior Fellow in International and National Security Law at the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Senator Russell Feingold
United States Senator (D-WI), 1993–2011
Martin R. Flug Visiting Professor in the Practice of Law, Yale Law School

Russell Feingold is the Martin R. Flug Visiting Professor in the Practice of Law at Yale Law School. He served as a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011 and a Wisconsin State Senator from 1983 to 1993. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the United States Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

W. Neil Eggleston
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
White House Counsel, 2014–2017

Neil Eggleston is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Neil has a distinguished record of public service, and has held a number of senior government roles. He was White House Counsel to President Obama from 2014 to 2017, and advised the president on all legal and constitutional issues across a broad spectrum of domestic and foreign policy matters.

10:30a-11:45a - Panel Two: Congress and the Making of and Withdrawal from International Agreements - SLB 127

Margaret L. Taylor
Chief Democratic Counsel and Deputy Staff Director, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Margaret L. Taylor is the Chief Democratic Counsel and Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  She advises Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the Ranking Member on the Committee, and other Members on all legal and procedural aspects of the Committee’s work.  She also manages, for the Democratic side of the Committee, the consideration of Treaties and the President’s Ambassadorial and other foreign policy-related nominations. 

David S. Cohen
Partner, WilmerHale
Deputy Director, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, 2015–17

David Cohen is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of WilmerHale. He provides clients with anti-money laundering, financial and trade sanctions advice; represents US and foreign-based clients in matters implicating national security, including CFIUS and cybersecurity; conducts internal investigations; and defends clients facing government investigations.

Susan Biniaz
Visiting Lecturer, Yale Law School
Former Deputy Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

Sue Biniaz is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.  She served for over thirty years in the State Department's Legal Adviser's Office, where she was a Deputy Legal Adviser, as well as the lead climate lawyer and a lead climate negotiator from 1989 until early 2017. 

11:45a-12:45p - Lunch - Alumni Reading Room

1:00p-2:00p - Keynote Address: Chris Murphy

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