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Key Patriot Act Player To Give Dunwody Lecture

Published: November 14th, 2003

Category: News

Georgetown Law Professor and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy Viet Dinh will be keynote speaker at the Florida Law Review’s Dunwody Lecture Feb. 27. A noted legal scholar, Dinh played a key role in implementing the controversial Patriot Act after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

“Viet Dinh’s acceptance is a coup for Law Review and a tremendous honor for the entire law school. His visit is an indication of UF’s rising prominence in the national scene,” said Cheryl Priest, Florida Law Review assistant symposium editor. “Given the debate surrounding the Patriot Act, we hope students, faculty and the community will come with questions for Mr. Dinh.”

Dinh also has served as deputy director of Asian law and policy studies and co-director of the joint program in law and business administration at Georgetown University.

He was U.S. assistant attorney general for legal policy 2001-03, where, as the official responsible for developing and coordinating federal legal policy, he contributed to numerous diverse policy initiatives, including drug demand reduction, ban on racial profiling, child protection, combating human trafficking, DNA testing, reduction of gun violence, and civil and criminal justice reforms.

After 9/11, Dinh conducted a comprehensive review and revision of Department of Justice priorities, policies and practices to ensure all available resources are dedicated to protecting America against terrorist acts. He played a key role in implementing the USA Patriot Act and revising attorney general guidelines governing federal law enforcement activities and national security investigations.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Dinh came to America as a refugee in 1978 and grew up in California. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a class marshal and Olin Research Fellow in Law and Economics. He clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. ❒

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