304. Presidential Powers At Home and Abroad

DATE: Friday, July 21, 2017      TIME: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION: City Hall, Committee Room 120

In the first months of the new administration, multiple questions have arisen about President Donald Trump's approach to executive power. Join us for a discussion that will focus on the White House's policy on immigration. We will discuss the law and policy of the executive order suspending immigration from seven majority Muslim nations under the Immigration and Naturalization Act and the U.S. Constitution. Does the president have the authority to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and tax Mexican imports or currency transfers to pay for it? What can the president do in the absence of legislative action and when and where does the judiciary step in? Has President Trump gone too far or simply not framed the orders correctly? Did President Barack Obama's use of the executive orders open the door for President Trump?

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Partner, Baker Botts LLP

Hogene Choi

Hogene Choi works on a range of intellectual property matters, focusing primarily on patent prosecution, transactions, and counseling. Ms. Choi has patent prosecution experience covering technologies related to internet applications and server-side architecture, desktop applications and operating systems, EDA, graphics and audio/video as well as semiconductors, electronics, nanotechnology and the mechanical arts. Ms. Choi has worked on both U.S. and international patent prosecution, pre-acquisition due diligence, post-acquisition portfolio mining and pre-assertion due diligence.


Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

James Kim

James W. Kim represents clients in a wide variety of matters related to government contracting, with a particular focus on cases involving the health care industry.

James has successfully litigated bid protest actions before the Government Accountability Office as well as the US Court of Federal Claims. He also has experience representing government contractors in civil and criminal government fraud investigations involving the False Claims Act, the Procurement Integrity Act and the Anti-Kickback Act. In addition, James represents federal government contractors on a broad range of compliance issues, including Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) compliance, Small Business Administration programs and TRICARE contracting. He also advises clients on transactional matters involving acquisition and/or sale of entities that hold government contracts.

James regularly represents health care providers, insurers, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies on regulatory and policy issues related to the health industry, with a particular focus on federal health care programs, including federal grant programs, fraud and abuse, 340B Program participation and privacy issues.

Previously, James served as a law clerk to Judge Christine Odell Cook Miller of the US Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC, and was employed by The September 11th Fund/United Way of New York City, where he managed the delivery of charitable relief services to families of victims of September 11, 2001.

Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, Berkeley School of Law

John Yoo

Professor Yoo joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 1993. He is the co-director of the Korea Law Center and also acts as faculty director for the California Constitution Center and the Program in Public Law and Governance. He is the author most recently of Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Professor Yoo received his B.A., summa cum laude, in American history from Harvard University. Between college and law school, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Professor Yoo has clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers.

Professor Yoo is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento in Italy, and he has also been a visiting professor at Keio Law School in Japan, Seoul National University in Korea, Chapman Law School, the University of Chicago, and the Free University of Amsterdam. Professor Yoo also has received the Paul M. Bator Award for excellence in legal scholarship and teaching from the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.

Professor Yoo has written several books: The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11 (University of Chicago Press, 2005); War by Other Means: An Insider’s Account of the War on Terror (Grove/Atlantic, 2006); Crisis and Command: The History of Executive Power From George Washington to George W. Bush (Kaplan, 2010); and Taming Globalization: International Law, the U.S. Constitution, and the New World Order (Oxford, 2012). He has also co-edited Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security (Encounter, 2011).

Grace Chung Becker

Former Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. DOJ in the G. W. Bush Administration

Grace Chung Becker served in the all three branches of the federal government for fifteen years before continuing her public service in the non-profit arena. In 2007, Ms. Becker led the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, an organization of 700 employees and a budget exceeding $100 million. Ms. Becker became the first presidentially nominated woman to run the Division in its 52-year history. She was the recipient the “Outstanding Civilian Service Medal” for her performance in the U.S. Army’s Inspector General’s review of allegations that American soldiers killed hundreds of South Korean civilians during the Korean War. Earlier in her career, she clerked for Judge James L. Buckley on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She also served as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department, as Criminal Counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, as an Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and as an associate at the law firm of Williams and Connolly.

Ms. Becker obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of Finance and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was selected into the Order of the Coif, and was an associate editor for The Georgetown Law Journal.

Ms. Becker has also worked with several non-profit organizations on education policy issues including the Virginia Governor’s Standards of Learning Innovation Committee. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Council for International Education and Vice Chair of the Board of the Virginia STEAM Academy. She has served as President of the Fairfax County Association for the Gifted, board member of the Fairfax Math Circle, a member of the Fairfax Education Coalition, President of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Parent Teacher Student Association and the advisory board of the Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund. She has also served on a variety of Fairfax County School Board committees, including Advanced Academic Programs, Human Relations, Science Online Texts and Basal Materials, and the Superintendent’s Business and Community Advisory Council.

She has served the Korean-American community including serving on the Leadership Council for the Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL) at the University of Southern California’s Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership.