“Weaponizing the Office of Legal Counsel” wins 2020 Levin Center Award for Excellence in Oversight Research

Date: January 22, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom Webinar
Category: Lecture

Join us for Professor Emily Berman's presentation of her award winning paper Weaponizing the Office of Legal Counsel on January 22, 2021 at 12.00pm EST.

This law review article examines the role of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in oversight matters, details how OLC opinions have been used to favor the Executive Branch over Congress in inter-branch oversight disputes, and reviews possible reforms to cure imbalances created by the citation of OLC opinions in court. Professor Berman was the winner of our 2020 Levin Center Award for Excellence in Oversight Research. 

Emily Berman’s scholarship examines the unique separation-of-powers  challenges that arise in the constitutional, statutory, and regulatory regimes governing national-security policy. She focuses in particular on ways to impose traditional conceptions of government oversight on law enforcement and intelligence operations. Professor Berman’s work has been published in top journals and her opinion pieces have appeared in JustSecurity, The Atlantic Online, the National Law Journal, Legal Times Online, and CNN.com. 


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