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Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein Delivers 9th Flannery Lecture

November 15, 2017

Photo credit: U.S. Department of Justice

On November 1 members of the bench and bar attended the Ninth Annual Judge Thomas A. Flannery Lecture delivered by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein at the Ceremonial Courtroom of the United States Courthouse.

Rosenstein, who took office in April 2017, previously prosecuted corruption cases in the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and served as assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland.

In his lecture, Rosenstein talked about the challenges of being a prosecutor, the need for dedicated prosecutors in public service, and the importance of upholding the rule of law. “By enforcing the law, with integrity, modesty, and self-restraint, we honor the rule of law, and preserve it for future generations,” Rosenstein said.

Providing special remarks for the lecture was D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert E. Morin, who spoke about the strengths of the D.C. Courts, its close collaboration with the U.S. District Court and the federal government, and the challenges and workloads faced by the local court, with 92,000 cases closed over the past year.

The lecture series, which began in 2009, is named after Judge Thomas A. Flannery, who served on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 1971 to 1985. He assumed senior status and continued serving in that capacity until his death in 2007. Previous lecturers have included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.