Law School's Lockhart Lecture by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole Cancelled
APRIL 16, 2013—Due to the tragic events in Boston, today's lecture, "The 21st Century Cyber Threat," by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole has been cancelled.
"The Deputy Attorney General sends his regrets to the University of Minnesota Law School, and hopes to reschedule the visit and lecture. Due to the tragic events in Boston, he needs to remain in Washington to assist in the coordination of the federal response," said a spokesperson with the Department of Justice.
APRIL 11, 2013—James M. Cole, sworn in as the Deputy Attorney General of the United States on January 3, 2011, will present the University of Minnesota Law School's William B. Lockhart Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Room 25 of Mondale Hall, 229 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. The Deputy Attorney General is the second-highest ranking official in the Department of Justice. A reception will follow the lecture.
Mr. Cole joined the Department of Justice in 1979, in the Criminal Division, serving first as a trial attorney, then as Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Section (PIN), which handles corruption cases against officials and government employees. He tried several notable cases, including prosecution of a U.S. District Judge, a member of Congress, and a federal prosecutor.
In 1992 he entered private practice and was a partner at Bryan Cave LLP from 1995-2010, specializing in white collar defense. He was a court-appointed independent monitor for a large insurance company, overseeing corporate compliance and legal adherence, and he counseled businesses on securities and regulatory and criminal law issues. In 1995, as Special Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, he led an investigation into allegations of improper use of tax-exempt money by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The outcome, in a bipartisan resolution approved by the full House, was a formal reprimand and penalty.
Mr. Cole is the former chair of the ABA White Collar Crime Committee and served as the chair-elect of its Criminal Justice Section. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center and has lectured at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He received his B.A. from the University of Colorado and his J.D. from the University of California-Hastings.
The annual lecture honors William B. Lockhart, dean of the University of Minnesota Law School from 1956-72. Instrumental in enriching the Law School curriculum and attracting highly qualified faculty and students, Lockhart also cultivated a strong relationship with the Minnesota Bar, which continues to provide essential support to the Law School. During his 28 years as a professor at the Law School (1946-74), he shared his gifts of teaching excellence and scholarly leadership with students and faculty. After retiring at Minnesota, he taught on the faculty of the University of California, Hastings College of Law (1974-94). He died in December 1995.
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