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9/11 - 10 years later





Fred F. Fielding

Fred Fielding is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius. His practice is focused on crisis management, white collar litigation, internal investigations, and governmental oversight, as well as providing general counseling to corporate and individual clients on a broad array of legal and policy issues involving the intersection of business and government. A trial lawyer by training and experience, he also has an extensive background as an arbitrator and mediator in international and domestic disputes.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, he served as Counsel to the President of the United States to George W. Bush, from January 2007 to January 2009. Fielding has also served as the Counsel to President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1986, as well as in the Nixon White House as Deputy Counsel from 1972 to 1974 and as Associate Counsel from 1970 to 1972. In addition to his 9-11 Commission service, he has served on numerous governmental boards and commissions.

Fielding is an honors graduate of Gettysburg College and the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review and a member of the National Moot Court Team.

Jamie S. Gorelick

Jamie Gorelick's career has spanned the legal, policy, and corporate landscape. As one of Washington's best-known litigators, Gorelick has helped individuals and corporations with a wide array of problems, particularly in the regulatory and enforcement arenas. A leader in the bar, she was President of the District of Columbia Bar from 1992 to 1993. She is currently Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Legal Ethics 20/20. Her pro bono practice focuses on housing, homelessness and women's rights.

Gorelick was one of the longest-serving Deputy Attorneys General of the United States, the second highest position in the Department of Justice. In that role, she supervised the litigation and law enforcement divisions of the department. Gorelick arrived at Justice from the Department of Defense, where she was General Counsel. Earlier in her career, she was Assistant to the Secretary and Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of Energy.

Gorelick has served on numerous government boards and commissions. She was a member of the bipartisan National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission). She was also the Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the National Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Gorelick serves on the boards of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Urban Institute, and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Gorelick advises boards on governance issues and currently serves on the board of United Technologies Corp. She was Vice Chair of Fannie Mae from 1997 to 2003 and a member of the board of Schlumberger Ltd. from 2002 to 2010.

Gorelick has written numerous scholarly articles and is the co-author of a leading treatise on the maintenance of corporate documents, Destruction of Evidence (Wiley 1983). She taught trial advocacy at Harvard Law School and has been a guest lecturer at universities across the country. She was a member of Harvard's Board of Overseers and its Overseers' Visiting Committee to Harvard Law School. She is a frequent lecturer on corporate governance and business ethics and was the 2004 Raytheon Lecturer on Business Ethics at Bentley College. Gorelick is a member of the Best Lawyers Board of Advisors.

In 2011, The Washington Lawyer profiled her as a "Legend of the Law." The National Law Journal named her, in 2008, one of "The Greatest Washington Lawyers in the Past 30 Years" and, in 2007, one of "The 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America."

Slade Gorton

Slade Gorton joined K&L Gates as an of counsel after spending 18 years representing Washington state in the United States Senate. Gorton's years in the Senate saw him appointed to powerful committee posts including Appropriations, Budget, Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Energy and Natural Resources. Gorton served as the chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee (1995-2001), the Commerce Subcommittees on Consumer Affairs (1995-99), and Aviation (1999-2000). He was a member of the Republican leadership as counsel to the majority leader (1996-2000).

Gorton began his political career in 1958 as a Washington state representative; he went on to serve as state House majority leader. In 1968, Gorton was elected attorney general of Washington state, where he argued 14 cases before the Supreme Court. In June 1980, Gorton received the Wyman Award as "Outstanding Attorney General in the United States."

Gorton also served on the president's consumer Advisory Council (1975–77) and on the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (1969–1981). He was chairman of the Washington State Law & Justice Commission (1969–76), served as an instructor in constitutional law to public administration graduate students at the University of Puget Sound (1977), and served on the board of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (1987–2002).

Lee H. Hamilton

Lee H. Hamilton is director of The Center on Congress at Indiana University, founded by Hamilton in 1999 when he retired from his congressional seat. From January 1999 to December 2010, he was President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Hamilton served for 34 years in Congress representing Indiana's ninth district, from January 1965 to January 1999.

Since leaving the House, Hamilton has served on the United States Commission on National Security in the 21st Century (the Hart-Rudman Commission), and was Co-Chair of the Baker-Hamilton Commission to Investigate Certain Security Issues at Los Alamos. Mr. Hamilton served as Vice Chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission), and as Co-Chair of the Iraq Study Group. He is Co-Chair of the National Security Preparedness Group with Tom Kean, Co-Chair of the National Advisory Committee to the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Co-Chair of the Department of Energy Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future with Brent Scowcroft, and serves on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, the FBI Director's Advisory Board, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Task Force on Preventing the Entry of Weapons of Mass Effect on American Soil, and the CIA External Advisory Board.

Hamilton is the author of A Creative Tension—The Foreign Policy Roles of the President and Congress, How Congress Works and Why You Should Care, and Strengthening Congress; and co-author of Without Precedent: the Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission and The Iraq Study Group Report.

Thomas H. Kean

On December 16, 2002, Tom Kean was named by President George W. Bush to head the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. The Commission's work culminated on July 22, 2004, with the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, which quickly became a national bestseller. Its recommendations resulted in the largest intelligence reform in the nation's history. Kean served as the chairman of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, a nonprofit entity created with private funds to continue the Commission's work of guarding against future attacks.

As Governor, Kean was rated among America's most effective state leaders by Newsweek, and noted for tax cuts that spurred 750,000 new jobs, a federally replicated welfare reform program, landmark environmental policies, and more than 30 education reforms. He delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Republican National Convention. He was re-elected for a second term by the largest margin in state history. While governor, he served on the President's Education Policy Advisory Committee and as chair of the Education Commission of the States and the National Governor's Association Task Force on Teaching. He remains one of the most popular governors in New Jersey's history.

Tom Kean served as president of Drew University from 1990 until 2005. During his 15-year tenure, he focused on shaping Drew into one of the nation's leading small liberal arts universities by stressing the primacy of teaching, the creative use of technology in the liberal arts, and the importance of international education. During Kean's presidency, applications to Drew increased by more than 40 percent; the endowment nearly tripled; and more than $60 million was committed to construction of new buildings and renovation of older buildings, principally student residence halls.

Kean served on several national committees and commissions. He headed the American delegation to the UN Conference on Youth in Thailand, served as vice chairman of the American delegation to the World Conference on Women in Beijing, and served as a member of President Clinton's Initiative on Race. He also served on the National Endowment for Democracy. He holds more than 30 honorary degrees and numerous awards from environmental and educational organizations.

Kean currently serves as chairman of the board of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest health philanthropy. In addition, he serves on a number of corporate boards and is chair of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and is the former chair of Educate America, the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation and the Newark Alliance. He is Co-Chairman with Congressman Lee Hamilton of the National Security Preparedness Group. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, American Academy of Art & Sciences, and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College and has served as a trustee of both institutions. Kean is the author of The Politics of Inclusion, published by The Free Press, and co-author of Without Precedent, published by Alfred A. Knopf. He writes a regular column for The Star Ledger with former Governor Brendan Byrne, and appears as a regular commentator on New Jersey Network News.

Bob Kerrey

As of January 1, 2011, Bob Kerrey completed his tenure as seventh President of The New School, a university founded on strong democratic ideals and daring educational practices—an environment that was well-suited for his leadership.

Under his leadership, The New School experienced an unprecedented period of growth. Enrollment and full-time faculty increased significantly, with the undergraduate population alone increasing by over 40 percent to 5,000 degree students. Since 2001, a record $198 million was raised for scholarships, professorships, capital projects, major conferences, and cutting-edge research. The university also made great progress in its international efforts. Its expanding graduate program in International Affairs matriculates nearly 500 students from 34 countries who work directly with high-profile practitioners and scholars.

Prior to coming to The New School Kerrey represented Nebraska in the United States Senate. For two terms Senator Kerrey emphasized the direct connection between citizens and their laws, and made a concerted effort to allow Nebraskans to participate in writing laws that defined the quality and inclusiveness of their health care system, their schools, and the safety of their communities. He served on the Senate's Agriculture and Forestry Committee and was a leader in drafting farm legislation, soil and water conservation statutes, and regulations to promote equity in rural health, communication, and transportation.

He also served on the Senate's Appropriations Committee and worked to partner with community leaders throughout the state who were working on a variety of projects to create jobs, provide child care for working parents, build parks, and more. On the Senate Finance Committee Senator Kerrey worked to enact legislation that strengthened taxpayers' rights with the Internal Revenue Service and fought to make our tax code simpler and fairer. On the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Senator Kerrey worked to restructure our intelligence agencies to improve their capacity to meet the threats faced by our country.

Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate Kerrey served a single term as Nebraska's Governor, working to balance its budget; partner with the private sector to create jobs; improve the quality of Nebraska's schools, college and university; and protect Nebraska's fragile soil and water. Kerrey established a reputation as a fiscal conservative who regularly crossed political party lines for the good of Nebraska and the country.

Prior to serving as governor, Kerrey was a businessman who helped build a chain of restaurants and health clubs that employed more than 1,000 people. In between his term as Governor and his election to the U.S. Senate Kerrey co-taught a class at the University of California at Santa Barbara with fellow Nebraskan Walter Capps. During this time Kerrey also lectured to a government class at Omaha Central High School.

Before beginning his business Kerrey served three years in the United States Navy. While in Vietnam, he was wounded, permanently disabled from the injury, and received from this injury a great gift: sympathy for those who are suffering and an appreciation for the capacity of government to save your life. Before his time in the Navy Kerrey attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in January 1966 with a degree in pharmacy. He was born in Lincoln and attended public schools there.

While at The New School Kerrey continued to be involved in public service. He was an active member of the 9/11 Commission and an advisory board member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association, co-chairs the Concord Coalition, is active in the Natural Resources Defense Council, was chairman of the College Board's National Writing Commission, and co-chaired with Newt Gingrich successive commissions on long-term care and Alzheimer's. He is an avid reader of history, poetry, and literature. In 2002 he published a memoir, "When I Was A Young Man."

Timothy J. Roemer

From the floor of the U.S. Congress to the chambers of the 9/11 Commission, Tim Roemer has dedicated his professional career to strengthening national security and improving education in America. As congressman from the third district of Indiana, Roemer was recognized for his successful leadership on legislation that helped improve America's competitiveness by balancing the federal budget, reforming elementary and secondary public education, and improving the affordability of higher education.

President Barak Obama nominated Roemer to be the 21st U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of India in 2009. During his two-year tenure, India became the 12th leading trade partner of the United States. He and Indian Home Affairs Secretary G.K. Pillai also signed the Counterterrorism Cooperation Initiative, which expands cooperation in various security areas.

After the September 11 attacks, Roemer used his position on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to support the work of a joint congressional inquiry into the nature of the attacks. Roemer also was the key sponsor of legislation to establish the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, known as The 9/11 Commission.

After leaving Congress in 2003, Roemer continued to work on developing ways to strengthen national security as president of the Center for National Policy (CNP). He served on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, a bipartisan commission created by Congress in 2007 as an outgrowth of the reforms put forth by the 9/11 Commission. In addition, he served on the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's Presidential Task Force on Combating the Ideology of Radical Extremism, and the National Parks Second Century Commission. He left the CNP in order to take up his post as ambassador.

Roemer was well acquainted with Capitol Hill before he served in Congress, having worked on the staffs of Representative John Brademas (D-IN) and Senator Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ). He has promoted new ideas on national security issues on NBC Nightly News, CNN, FOX, NPR, and in the pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Time, U.S. News and World Report, and other publications. As a Distinguished Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Roemer works with members of Congress and staff to improve public policy outcomes.

Roemer currently serves on the board of the Adams Memorial Foundation and is an honorary board member for the UCSD/San Diego Chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy. He holds a Ph.D. in American Government from the University of Notre Dame. Roemer also earned his M.A. from Notre Dame, and received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

James R. Thompson

Listed in 1997 and 2000 by The National Law Journal as one of the nation's 100 most influential lawyers, Governor James Thompson served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Winston & Strawn from 1991 to 2006, as well as chairman and CEO of the firm from 1993 to 2006. As chairman, he oversaw the growth of the firm, both domestically and internationally. He presently serves as senior chairman.

Governor Thompson is a former Chairman of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority and a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission. Governor Thompson was Co-Chairman of the Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Crime in 1981, National Co-Chairman of the Campaign to Protect Our Children in 1986, a member of the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality in 1986, Chairman of the NGA Task Force on Electric Utility Transmission Policy in 1986, Chairman of the NGA Task Force on Teen Pregnancy in 1987, and Chairman of the NGA Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure in 1988.

As Illinois' longest-serving chief executive (14 years), Governor Thompson was noted for his skill in settling difficult labor-management problems, his ability to manage one of the nation's largest public budgets while maintaining one of the nation's highest state bond ratings, and his leadership role among his peers. He served as Chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Midwestern Governors' Conference, the Council of Great Lakes Governors, and the Republican Governors' Association. During his tenure in office, he traveled abroad extensively on behalf of Illinois business interests, meeting with foreign heads of state and leading government officials; he also led numerous trade missions to Europe, Mexico, Canada, Asia, and the Middle East on behalf of Illinois businesses.

In 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed Governor Thompson as Chairman of the President's Intelligence Oversight Board, a position he held until 1993. He was a Commissioner of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (9/11 Commission) by appointment of Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Governor Thompson received a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1959. He has 17 honorary degrees.