Monday, February 7, 2011

At least one group already preparing for Holder appearance

Posted By on Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will appear at the University of Montana on Wednesday, and Montana NORML is hoping he touches on one particular hot-button topic. The group's blog posted information about Holder's speech — Wednesday, 2 p.m., University Theatre — and his views on medical marijuana, as well as how to submit questions for the Q&A section.

In 2009, Holder wrote formal guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that have enacted laws authorizing the use of medical marijuana. The memo reads, in part, that authorities "should not focus federal resources in your States on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana."

Holder's appearance is also generating news for who will be moderating the Q&A. From Main Justice:

After his speech, titled “Justice Through Service: Extending America’s Greatest Tradition,” Holder will answer questions in a session led by famed white collar defense lawyer Robert S. Bennett.

Bennett, who helped found the Jones-Tamm series, was President Bill Clinton’s personal lawyer during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and Judith Miller’s attorney in the Valerie Plame CIA leak grand jury investigation case. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, Bennett in 2009 jumped from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP to the firm then known as Hogan & Hartson and now Hogan Lovells.

Bennett helped form UM's Judge William B. Jones and Judge Edward A. Tamm Judicial Lecture Series.

Wednesday's event is free and open to the public.

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