Keynote: A Conversation with U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco
Featuring Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco
Moderated by Pacific Council Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, Richard B. Goetz
Lisa O. Monaco is the 39th Deputy Attorney General of the United States. As the Deputy Attorney General, she is the Department’s second-ranking official and is responsible for the overall supervision of the Department. The Deputy Attorney General serves as the Chief Operating Officer, and the Department’s litigating and policy components, law enforcement agencies, and 93 U.S. Attorneys report to the Deputy. The Deputy Attorney General advises and assists the Attorney General in formulating and implementing the Department’s policies and programs.
A 15-year veteran of the Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General Monaco served as a career federal prosecutor and in several leadership positions across the Department. She began her Justice Department career as Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno and went on to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the District of Columbia, where she was a member of the Enron Task Force and received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Department’s highest award. She thereafter served in several leadership roles: Chief of Staff at the Federal Bureau of Investigation to then Director Robert S. Mueller, III; Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General; and Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the first woman to hold that position.
Read Lisa Monaco's full bio here.
Richard B. Goetz is Co-Chair of the Pacific Council on International Policy’s Board of Directors. He also Co-Chairs the Council’s Guantanamo Task Force, and was the Council’s first official observer of the US military proceedings against those charged with planning the 9/11 attacks. He presided over the creation of the Guantanamo Task Force’s two unanimous reports, which led to congressional adoption of recommendations aimed at enhancing transparency and participation. He has also joined several of the Council’s trip delegations, and co-authored the report for the delegation to North Korea.
Rich is a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he is the Global Co-Chair of the Litigation Department and a member of the Executive Committee. He writes frequently on legal issues, and has lectured at Harvard Law School and the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Volunteers of America of Los Angeles, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at USC Gould School of Law. In 2015 he was elected to the American Law Institute. Rich received an A.B. in 1981 summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and a J.D. in 1984 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as an editor of its Law Review.