Last updated on: 6/11/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

John Podesta, JD Biography

Title:
President and CEO of the Center for American Progress
Position:
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Thankfully, some positive developments did result from these abuses [Palmer Raids] of civil liberties — the Palmer Raids gave rise to the ACLU and modern First Amendment doctrine.”

Remarks at Yale Law School, Mar. 27, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress and Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton, 1998-2001
  • Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff, Clinton Administration, 1997-1998
  • Counselor to Democratic Leader Senator Thomas A. Daschle, 1995-1996
  • Assistant to the President, Staff Secretary and Senior Policy Adviser on government information, privacy, telecommunications security and regulatory policy, 1993-1995
  • Chief Counsel for the Senate Agriculture Committee; Founded Podesta Associates, Inc., 1987-1988
  • Chief Minority Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks; Security and Terrorism; Regulatory Reform; and Counsel on the Majority Staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, 1979-1981
  • Special Assistant, Director of ACTION, 1978-1979
  • Trial Attorney, Department of Justice’s Honor Program, Land and natural Resources Division, 1976-1977
Education:
  • Georgetown University Law Center, 1976
  • Knox College, 1971
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does the PATRIOT Act Allow the Government to Conduct Secret Searches and Access Records of Individuals Held by Third Parties, without Providing Sufficient Judicial Overview?
  2. Is the USA PATRIOT Act a Good Law?