From the 2009 News Archive
Join Former U.S. Attorney General Civiletti ’61 for Lunch
The University of Maryland School of Law invites its students, graduates, and friends to join former U.S. Attorney General Benjamin R. Civiletti
’61 for an informal brown bag lunch discussion, “Reflections of a former Attorney General of the United States” on Nov. 2 at noon. The lunch will take place at the Baltimore offices of Venable LLP, located at 750 E. Pratt Street.
Admission is free, but attendees must register in advance
. Bring your own lunch; soft drinks and dessert will be provided.
As Attorney General of the United States during the Carter administration, Mr. Civiletti argued before the International Court of Justice on behalf of the American captives in Iran, and before the Supreme Court for the right of the government to denaturalize Nazi war criminals, and successfully defended the President's wage and price guidelines in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (sitting en banc). He was also responsible for the Justice Department's promulgation of open trial guidelines, the Stanford Daily laws, the development and publication of National Priorities for the Investigation and Prosecution of White-Collar Crime, Principles of Federal Prosecution, National Prison Standards, in addition to other improvements in the effective enforcement of criminal law and in civil rights and environmental protection.
Civiletti, now a senior partner and past chair at Venable, focuses his practice of law on commercial litigation, banking, white-collar crime, government regulation, and corporate governance. Both a trial and appellate advocate, he has also developed a practice in alternative dispute resolution, working successfully as a mediator, facilitator, master and arbitrator in many commercial and tort disputes to achieve faster and more cost-efficient justice.