Benjamin Heineman, Crisis in the Profession

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Room 122
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Please join Professor Deborah Rhode in welcoming Benjamin Heineman to Yale Law School on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, from 12 to 1:30 pm in Room 122 where he will discuss the Crisis in the Profession. Lunch will be served.

Since seating is limited, we will accept the first 60 students to register with Professor Rhode’s assistant at Please register by Friday, October 18, 2013.

Mr. Heineman is a graduate of Harvard College (1965), Oxford University (1967), and Yale Law School (1971). A former Rhodes scholar, editor in chief of the Yale Law Journal, and law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, he practiced law in Washington, D.C., before serving at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1977 to 1980. He ended his tenure there as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. Mr. Heineman was then managing partner of the Washington office of Sidley & Austin, focusing on the Supreme Court and test case litigation. He has written books on British race relations and the American presidency, and he is the author of High Performance with High Integrity (Harvard Business Press, 2008). In 1987, Mr. Heineman became senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of the General Electric Company (GE) located in Fairfield, Connecticut. In 2004, he was named GE’s senior vice president for law and public affairs and served in that position until his retirement at the end of 2005. Mr. Heineman is currently senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a distinguished senior fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession. He is also senior counsel to the law firm of WilmerHale.

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