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Reflections on 9/11 – Public Lecture

Date: 12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT September 11, 2012 Location: Lewis & Clark Law School, Legal Research Center

  • Secretary Michael Chertoff
    Secretary Michael Chertoff

Lewis & Clark Law School, Legal Research Center

Secretary Michael Chertoff served as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security from 2005-2009. Secretary Chertoff developed and implemented border security and immigration policy; promulgated homeland security regulations; and spearheaded a national cyber security strategy.  He also served periodically on the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council, and on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Prior to his appointment to the Cabinet, Secretary Chertoff served from 2003 to 2005 on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Before becoming a federal judge, Secretary Chertoff was the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  In that position, he oversaw the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and formed the Enron Task Force, which produced more than 20 convictions, including those of CEOs Jeffrey Skilling and Kenneth Lay.

Secretary Chertoff’s career includes more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, including service as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Chertoff investigated and personally prosecuted significant cases of political corruption, organized crime, and corporate fraud.

From 1994-2001, Secretary Chertoff represented major corporations and individuals in numerous white collar investigations and trials.  Among other matters, he successfully represented the nation’s largest hospital company in a four year, multi-jurisdictional criminal and civil investigation, represented major corporations in corruption scandals, and obtained acquittals at trial for individual criminal defendants.

Since leaving government service, Secretary Chertoff has worked as senior of counsel at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Covington & Burling LLP.  He also co-founded the Chertoff Group, a risk-management and security consulting company.

Secretary Chertoff has received numerous awards including the Department of Justice Henry E. Petersen Memorial Award (2006); the Department of Justice John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation (1987); NAACP Benjamin L. Hooks Award for Distinguished Service (2007); European Institute Transatlantic Leadership Award (2008); and two honorary doctorates.  His trial experiences have been featured in over half a dozen books and many news articles.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1978-magna cum laude
  • Harvard University, B.A., 1975-magna cum laude


Event Details-Lecture and Moderated Panel Discussion

When: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Where: Legal Research Center, Lewis & Clark Law School, 10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR 97219


  • Secretary Michael Chertoff
  • Bob Mandel, Professor of International Affairs. Lewis & Clark College
  • John Parry, Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Tung Yin, Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: For more information, please contact Anh Le at (503) 768-6912.

Event Contact

Anh Le, Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Law School