January 31, 2017


On January 30, 2017, The Law & Public Policy Program delved into a discussion entitled "Transition-Related Issues in the Trump Administration." Professor Roger Colinvaux, director of the Law and Public Policy Program at CUA Law, moderated the discussion between Philip D. Brady, CUA Law Adjunct Professor of Lobbying and the Law and Member of the Board of Visitors, and CUA Law Professor Marshall J. Breger.

Brady and Breger discussed the difference between the Trump Administration's transition process versus past administrations, how lobbying firms and businesses are reacting to President Trump's unprecedented communication style via social media, the usage of executive orders, and the notion of presidential ethics.

The event was conducted in roundtable style, where students had the opportunity to actively participate in the conservation. Students asked a number of questions ranging from executive legislative branch relations, new lobbying regulations, the REINS Act, and how the Trump Administration will treat cabinet level appointees.

Philip D. Brady was Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for Phillips 66 from 2012-2015. Prior to joining Phillips 66, he served for 12 years as President of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and before that as the Vice President and General Counsel for the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, then the trade association for Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. Earlier in his career, Phil served in the George H .W. Bush White House as Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary, and during the Reagan Administration, in the White House as Deputy Counsel to the President. Prior government service also included appointments at the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Congress. Phil is a proud member of the Board of Visitors at the Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America.

Marshall J. Breger is a professor of law at the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America. From 1993-95, he was a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C. During the George H.W. Bush Administration he served as Solicitor of Labor, the chief lawyer of the Labor Department with a staff of over 800. During 1992 by presidential designation he served concurrently as Acting Assistant Secretary for Labor Management Standards. From 1985-91 Breger was chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an independent federal agency. During 1987-89 he also served as alternate delegate of the U.S. to the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva. From 1982-84 he served as special assistant to President Reagan and his liaison to the Jewish Community. He has testified more than 30 times before the U.S. Congress. His subjects include constitutional law, arbitration, foreign relations law of the United States, and a seminar on the Middle East peace process.