UPCOMING EVENT: Obama Legacy Symposium

In collaboration with ACS, DOS Grant Fund, and others, we bring you…

Ron Klain: The Economy & Ebola

Monday, November 14 at 12 p.m. in WCC B015

Serving as the “Ebola Czar,” chief of staff to VP’s Biden and Gore, and top debate prep advisor to a number of Democratic Presidential nominees are just a few of Ron Klain‘s many claims to fame in the political world. In Klain’s talk, he will discuss how President Obama made major domestic policy decisions, drawing on his experience overseeing implementation of the Recovery Act, serving as the Ebola Response Coordinator, and working in the VP’s office. Lunch will be served.

Ann Ravel: Campaign Finance

Wednesday, November 16 at 12 p.m. in Pound 101 

Federal Election Commission Director Ann Ravel, in conversation with HLS Professor Charles Fried, will discuss campaign finance reform through the heated election season, her work on a split and deadlocked FEC, her previous work as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Torts and Consumer Litigation, and challenges for the future. Lunch will be served.

Jody Freeman: The Environment

Thursday, November 17 at 12 p.m. in B015

HLS’s Jody Freeman, former Counselor for Energy and Climate Change in the Obama White House, will discuss the President’s efforts to protect the environment and the challenges ahead. Professor Freeman served in the White House in 2009-10, where she was the architect of the president’s historic agreement with the auto industry to double fuel efficiency standards, launching the administration’s greenhouse gas program under the Clean Air Act. Lunch will be served.


We’ve recruited the top experts, advocates, and administrators to share their thoughts on the President’s legacy on our blog in the coming weeks.

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store…

  • HLS Professor Alex Whiting will write on the President’s efforts to reform the criminal justice system
  • Chairman of the Legal Services Corporation John Levi on Obama and access to justice
  • HLS Professor Laurence Tribe on change and the man (Obama) himself
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad on efforts to bolster the economy
  • Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, on responses to the economic recession

… but check our blog daily for some surprise posts from top administration officials and others.

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