The Center on Law and Security at New York University’s School of Law in partnership with The Henry Luce Foundation and the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress will host a series of panel discussions on Presidential Powers on Tuesday, April 25. The Conference will be lead by NYU Law School Faculty: Noah Feldman, David Golove, Stephen Holmes, and Richard Pildes. Leading figures including former Presidential counsel John Dean; Nat Hentoff, syndicated columnist; Judge Richard Posner; Jeffrey Toobin senior legal counsel for CNN and staff writer at The New Yorker; Bob Kerrey, president of the New School and former United States Senator; Sidney Blumenthal, former Senior Advisor to President Clinton; Suzanne Spaulding, former Minority Staff Director, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives; and Viet Dinh, Professor of Law, Georgetown University, will discuss fundamental questions facing Congress, the courts, and the American people. Individual panels will focus on: Executive power; the role of the courts in national security matters; the ability of the media to inform the public on secret intelligence and other activities; and more. This conference is part of the center’s ongoing commitment to fostering debate on the central legal and policy issues related to national security in the post 9/11 era.

Reporters interested in attending discussions should contact Elizabeth Fasolino at 212.998.6849 or

The conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. with introductory remarks by Karen Greenberg, Executive Director, Center on Law and Security and Richard Revesz, Dean, NYU School of Law. Following the introductory remarks a keynote address will be given by John Dean. The afternoon sessions will be introduced by John Brademas, President Emeritus of NYU. Panels will include:

  • Introductory Remarks 9:00 a.m.
  • Keynote Address 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • The State of the Debate 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Lunch Break 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Presidential Powers: Past and Present 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Checks and Balances 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • The National Security Presidency 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Closing Remarks 5:15 p.m.

The Center on Law and Security is a nonpartisan research and policy institute that is committed to examining the legal dimensions of counterterrorism and national security in the post-9/11 era. The center brings together national and international experts including policymakers, law enforcement officials, legal scholars, journalists, and others in an arena that generates local, national, and international awareness of security issues.

The Henry Luce Foundation was established by Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc. in 1936. The work of the Luce Foundation reflects the interests of four generations of the Luce family. These include the interdisciplinary exploration of higher education; increased understanding between Asia and the United States; the study of religion and theology; scholarship in American art; opportunities for women in science and engineering; and environmental and public policy programs.

The John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service was established to advance the academic understanding of Congress and bring new insights and perspectives to those working on Capitol Hill and to citizens generally. The Center achieves its mission through non-partisan research, teaching, and public outreach activities focused on the role of Congress in making national policy. The central mission of the Brademas Center is to advance both scholarly and public understanding of Congress in our Constitutional system.

“Presidential Powers: An American Debate” is free and open to the public. Call 212.992.8854 or email for more information. For a complete schedule go to:

All panels will be held at Greenberg Lounge at NYU’s Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets, one block east of the West Fourth Subway Station. [Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); N, R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place)] Parking is available at Minetta Car Park on West Third Street.

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