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May Dinner Series: Lawyering on the Hill

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thai Chili, 701 7th Street NW (Gallery Place-Chinatown)

Lawyering on the Hill: A Discussion with the General Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives & Chief Investigative Counsel, U.S. Senate

Are you curious about what the Investigative Counsel does? Interested in the legal wrestling that goes on between different branches of government?

Please join SABA-DC for a lively dinner discussion with our guests Kerry Kircher and Ashok Pinto, as we discuss these topics and more. Learn what the Office of the General Counsel for the House does and get inside knowledge on the Terri Schiavo case, DOMA, House v. Burwell, and more. Discuss the role of the Investigative Counsel, and learn about the House Oversight Committee's involvement in the Fast and Furious lawsuit that ended up holding AG Eric Holder in contempt.


Kerry W. Kircher
, General Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives

Mr. Kircher has served as General Counsel since January 5, 2011. Previously, he served as Deputy General Counsel (July 1997 - Jan. 2011) and Assistant General Counsel (Oct. 1995 - July 1997) in the Office of the General Counsel. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981. After graduation, he clerked for two years for the Honorable Charles W. Joiner on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. From 1984-92, he practiced privately in Washington, D.C., principally as a trial-level and appellate litigator, with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, and with Zuckerman, Spaeder, Goldstein, Taylor & Kolker. From 1992-95, he was a senior trial attorney with the Office of Thrift Supervision. Mr. Kircher also holds an LL.M. in international law from the University of London, London School of Economics (1984), and an A.B. in history with distinction from Stanford University (1976).

Ashok M. Pinto, Chief Investigative Counsel, Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, U.S. Senate

Ashok Pinto is Chief Investigative Counsel for the Senate Commerce Committee. Ashok plans and leads investigations into waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in Executive Branch departments and agencies within the Committee’s legislative jurisdiction.

Prior to joining the Committee staff, Ashok was Chief Counsel, Investigations for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. There, he conducted major congressional investigations and advised the Chairman on investigative strategy and related policy reforms.

Before joining the Oversight Committee, Ashok was a senior advisor in the White House as Associate Counsel and Deputy Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush. In those roles, he participated in advising the President and senior White House and Administration officials on major legal issues confronting the Administration. He also served as Special Counsel to Senator Jeff Sessions, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ashok entered government service following private practice in intellectual property law at two international law firms and a clerkship for a U.S. District Court judge.

An honors graduate of Stanford University and the University of Illinois College of Law, Pinto is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.

Date: Tuesday, May 12

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Thai Chili
701 7th Street NW
Washington, DC

Cost: The cost of your dinner

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