Wayne Law Review speakers

Keynote speaker

Steve Castor

Steve Castor is chief investigative counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform under committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC).  He has served on the committee staff since 2005, and during his twelve-year tenure participated in a wide variety of high-profile oversight investigations. Prior to working for Congress, he practiced commercial litigation in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.  He earned his law degree from George Washington University.


Dr. Frank R. Baumgartner Dr. Frank R. Baumgartner is the Richard J. Richardson distinguished professor of political science at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has held academic positions at The University of Iowa, Texas A&M University and Penn State University, where he served as department head from 1999 to 2004, distinguished professor from 2005 to 2007, and then was the first holder of the Bruce R. Miller and Dean D. LaVigne Professorship. He has had visiting professor appointments throughout the United States and abroad. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Public Policy, Public Administration, Policy Studies Journal, Political Research Quarterly, the Journal of European Public Policy, Gouvernement et Action Publique and other journals. A proud Detroiter, he attended Detroit's Cass Technical High School and then the University of Michigan earning his bachelor's degree with honors in both French and political science in 1980, master of arts in political science 1983, and Ph.D. in political science in 1986.
Lauren C. Bell Lauren C. Bell is a professor of political science and dean of academic affairs at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. She is the author and co-author of numerous books including Filibustering in the U.S. Senate (Cambria Press, 2011); Warring Factions: Interest Groups, Money, and the New Politics of Senate Confirmation (The Ohio State University Press, 2002) and The U.S. Congress, A Simulation for Students (Thomson/Wadsworth, 2005). Bell earned her Ph.D. and master's degree from the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma and her bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio.
Kimberly Breedon

Kimberly Breedon is an independent legal scholar whose current projects focus on the constitutional dimensions of government corruption. She has previously taught a number of courses as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, including, among other subjects, constitutional law, legislation and statutory interpretation, and the law of wills and trusts. Before embarking upon her teaching career, she served as a judicial clerk in federal courts at both district and appellate levels. She holds an LL.M. from Columbia University Law School and a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Richard Broughton J. Richard Broughton is associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He teaches in the areas of criminal law, federal crimes, constitutional law and constitutional criminal procedure. His research focuses upon issues in federal criminal law, and the intersection of law and American politics. Previously, he was a lawyer in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, assistant attorney general of Texas for Capital Litigation, and a law clerk to the chief judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and a law clerk for the House Judiciary Committee during the 106th Congress. Broughton earned his LL.M. from Georgetown University, his J.D. from Widener University in Delaware and his bachelor's degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. 
Chris Bryant A. Christopher Bryant, is the Rufus King professor of constitutional law at the University of Cincinnati, where he has taught since 2003. He has published articles and essays on a wide range of contemporary constitutional issues, including the roles of the various branches of the national government in constitutional interpretation, the scope and exercise of national legislative power, and the respect that congressional action is owed from the federal judiciary. Previously, Bryant served as assistant Senate legal counsel in the U.S. Senate Office of Legal Counsel and as an associate at Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C. He also clerked for the Hon. James L. Buckley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Bryant earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago and his bachelor's degree from Hanover College. 
Brian Feinstein Brian D. Feinstein is a lecturer in law and Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. Feinstein's research interests include administrative law, Congress-executive relations and empirical legal studies. While in law school, Feinstein worked as a law clerk on former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin's staff on the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in the summer of 2010. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.
Morgan Frankel Morgan Frankel is the deputy senate legal counsel in the Office of Senate Legal Counsel. Frankel has been with the Office of Senate Legal Counsel since 1981. Previously, he was a law clerk to Judge Harold Greene, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; and as an analyst in taxation for the Library of Congress. Frankel graduated from Swarthmore College majoring in economics with minors in political science and history. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was the articles and book review editor of Yale Law Journal and was awarded the Israel H. Peres Prize for best law journal note.
Alan Kahn

Alan Kahn is public interest director at the University of Michigan Law School. He has spent his career dedicated to service in a variety of government and public interest positions and returned to the law school from the Litigation and Oversight Office of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Legal Division. Prior to his time working in the executive branch, Kahn served for more than five years as an investigative attorney and senior counsel to three senators on different U.S. Senate oversight subcommittees. Prior to his government service, he worked for over four years as a public defender at The Legal Aid Society in New York, where he was a trial attorney in the Criminal Defense Division. Kahn began his legal career as an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in New York, where he practiced for several years in the litigation group. He is a double University of Michigan graduate, earning his B.A. with distinction in 1998 and his J.D. in 2001.

Kevin Kosar Kevin Kosar is vice president of policy for the R Street Institute, where he oversees the institute's research across its commercial freedom, criminal justice, energy and environment, financial markets, governance, income mobility, innovation policy, insurance and public health policy programs. He also co-directs the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, a bipartisan group of experts and congressional staff who meet monthly in the U.S. Capitol. Kosar earned his Ph.D. from New York University and his bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University.
Jonathan Lewallen Jonathan Lewallen is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Tampa, where he specializes in agenda setting in U.S. political institutions and the policy process. His research has been published in Presidential Studies Quarterly, PS: Political Science & Politics, Regulation & Governance and Review of Policy Research. Lewallen earned his Ph.D. and master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his bachelor's degree from Tulane University.
Andrew Wright Andrew McCanse Wright is an associate professor at Savannah Law School, where he teaches constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, presidential powers and federal criminal law. He previously served in the White House as associate counsel to President Barack Obama, and he began his legal career as assistant counsel to former Vice President Al Gore. His research focuses on separation-of-powers conflict in matters of congressional oversight and national security. Wright earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University.


Kathleen Clark Kathleen Clark is a law professor at Washington University and practices law in Washington, D.C., focusing on issues of government ethics, legal ethics and the law of whistleblowing. She is an associate reporter for the American Law Institute's Principles of Government Ethics, and previously worked as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and as special counsel to the attorney general of the District of Columbia. Clark has taught at the University of Michigan, Cornell University, Utrecht University, and the University of Economics and Law in Vietnam. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, she studied Russian in the Soviet Union and Spanish in Guatemala before clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Harold H. Greene.
Heidi Kitrosser Heidi Kitrosser is a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. She teaches and writes about government secrecy, the constitutional separation of powers, and speech and press freedoms. She is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, and will spend the 2017-18 school year using her fellowship to work on a book about the law and policy of information leaking and whistleblowing. Kitrosser earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and her bachelor's degree from UCLA.
William Marshall William Marshall is the William Rand Kenan Jr. distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law.


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