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Seventh Annual William French Smith Lecture Hosts the Honorable Michael Chertoff

Michael Chertoff

The Honorable Michael Chertoff, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, will engage in conversation with School of Law dean Deanell Reece Tacha Friday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

The conversation, which will take place in the Presidential Learning Center, will focus on the topic, "Big Data as Big Brother," and will be followed by a complimentary reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Ruwe Terrace and seated dinner at 7:30 p.m. at the Presidential Learning Center Mezzanine.

As secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, Michael Chertoff led the country in blocking would-be terrorists from crossing our borders or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. He also transformed FEMA into an effective organization following Hurricane Katrina. His greatest successes have earned few headlines because what's important is what didn't happen.

Register to attend the seventh annual William French Smith Lecture.

At Chertoff Group, Chertoff provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response, and recovery. "Risk management has become the CEO's concern," he says. "We help our clients develop comprehensive strategies to manage risk without building barriers that get in the way of carrying on their business."

Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud, and terrorism—including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Chertoff is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. From 1979 to 1980 he served as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court associate justice William Brennan, Jr.

In addition to his role at Chertoff Group, Chertoff is also senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and a member of the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group.

Lecture and reception are complimentary. Dinner is $50 per ticket (limited seating available). Registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit the School of Law website.

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