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This program was recorded on May 15, 2019
This course will cover the basics of congressional investigations. It will provide an overview of the constitutional authority for congressional investigations and the limitations on it. It will explain how congressional investigations develop, how congressional committees enforce subpoenas, and what challenges face lawyers representing recipients of congressional subpoenas or requests for material and testimony. Ethics, creative solutions / practice tips in this area will be discussed as well.
Joshua A. Levy is a founding principal of Cunningham Levy Muse LLP, a premier Washington DC litigation and investigations boutique law firm. Mr. Levy is one of the nation’s top white-collar defense attorneys and civil litigators. Mr. Levy’s expertise includes the representation of clients from around the world caught up in high-profile, high-stakes, Washington-based inquiries emanating from congressional committees, grand juries, federal enforcement agencies and/or civil litigation, often simultaneously.
2 General Credits
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- Congressional Investigations – Constitutional Authority
- How does a congressional investigation begin?
- What can be investigated?
- What are the range of outcomes?
- We’re not in federal court anymore. What are the rules governing congressional investigations?
- What can a committee request or demand? Are there limitations?
- Authority for a congressional subpoena
- Contempt authority
- Challenges facing recipients of congressional subpoenas or requests for voluntary cooperation. Practical tips for meeting them.
- Who’s in charge? Which committee? Communicating with the majority and the minority.
- Parallel proceedings.
- Media, politics, and ethics