Assistant Attorney General Tony West, who heads the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Division, delivered a speech, “Oil Spills, Fraudsters, Terrorism, and Everything in Between: Priorities and Perspectives of the Civil Division” at ABA Day on Campus at The University of Chicago Law School. The event was held on April 27, 2011.
Since he took the helm in April 2009, West, who was nominated to lead the largest litigating division in the Justice Department by President Barack Obama, has overseen the handling of significant national security matters; bolstered the division’s affirmative civil and criminal enforcement efforts to recover more than $10 billion; and taken steps to further protect consumers from fraud and abuse. West began his career with the Department of Justice in 1993 as a special assistant to the deputy attorney general. He also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of California, as well as a state special assistant attorney general, advising the California attorney general on a range of issues, including identity theft, high-tech crime and civil rights.
The American Bar Association sponsored the event. Robert A. Clifford of the Clifford Law Offices moderated the Q-and-A session following West’s remarks.