Department of Justice: Executive Supervision or Independence?

With the change in presidential administration, some critics and scholars have argued that a need for independence at agencies like the Department of Justice should be reconsidered. To whom is the Department of Justice accountable? Whose interests does it represent?  

When a change in executive leadership occurs, should the policies at agencies like DOJ be subject to change as well? And, if so, how far does that latitude extendto prosecutorial policies, to enforcement discretion, to the questions of constitutional and statutory and criminal law interpretation delegated for resolution to DOJ? This distinguished panel discussion will address these issues and the core question of which governmental actors our constitutional system has charged with directing the arc of the use of that authority.


Bob Bauer, Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, New York University Law School; former White House Counsel

Steven Engel, Partner, Dechert LLP; former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice

Jamie Gorelick, Partner, WilmerHale; former Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Hon. Michael Mukasey, Of Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton; 81st Attorney General of the United States

Moderator: Hon. Chad Readler, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


This feature Zoom panel is open to public registration at the link above.