WASHINGTON, D.C., February 16, 2007 -- As part of King & Spalding’s monthly E-Learn Series, an hour-long web seminar entitled "A Look at the New Congress: What Lies Ahead on the Hill?" will be offered to King & Spalding clients on February 20, 2007 at 12:30 p.m. EDT. The seminar will address the new congressional leadership, its developing relationship with the Administration and the prospects for legislation and oversight activity in 2007 - 2008. The expert panel will feature a number of King & Spalding's Washington insiders, including former Senator Daniel R. Coats; former Chief of Staff to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, George C. Crawford; former General Counsel of the House of Representatives, Thomas J. Spulak; and former Senior Investigative Counsel, Senate Finance Committee, Daniel F. Donovan. The program will be moderated by Senior Partner, Theodore M. Hester.
The seminar will be presented online from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EDT. Clients of the firm will be able to participate online, or may view the program at the firm’s offices in Atlanta, Houston, London, New York, and Washington, D.C. Participants in the King & Spalding E-Learn Series generally receive CLE credit for attending the program.
The following questions will be addressed at the February 20 seminar:
- What are the Democratic, Administration and Republican perspectives?
- What is the impact of the new rules of fundraising activity, gifts and interaction between members, staff and lobbyists?
- How will the changes in Congress affect businesses?
- What is planned for the aggressive congressional oversight agenda?
Senator Dan Coats is a senior counsel in King & Spalding's Public Policy and Government Advocacy Practice Group. Senator Coats joined King & Spalding after serving as U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from August 2001 to February 2005. A former member of Congress, Senator Coats represented Indiana in the United States Senate from 1989 to 1999, and in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1988.
George C. Crawford is a senior government relations advisor in King & Spalding’s Public Policy and Government Advocacy Practice Group where he works with the firm’s clients to develop and implement strategies to successfully achieve their legislative policy goals. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Mr. Crawford most recently served as Chief of Staff for House Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) where he was the principal advisor on policy, political and procedural matters.
Daniel F. Donovan is a counsel with King & Spalding's Public Policy and Government Advocacy Practice Group in Washington, D.C. Mr. Donovan joined King & Spalding after serving as Senior Investigative Counsel to the Chairman of the Committee on Finance in the United States Senate from 2003 to 2007. He has extensive investigative experience and his practice focuses on representing clients being investigated by Congressional committees and on other compliance and enforcement actions by federal and state healthcare enforcement and regulatory agencies.
Theodore M. Hester is a senior partner in King & Spalding's Public Policy and Government Advocacy Practice Group. Over the past twenty years, Mr. Hester has developed particular expertise representing clients being investigated by congressional committees and the Government Accountability Office, including high profile investigations of Bridgestone/Firestone, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, GlaxoSmithKline (Paxil®), and Purdue Pharma (OxyContin®).
Thomas J. Spulak is a partner in the Public Policy and Government Advocacy Practice Group at King & Spalding's Washington, D.C. office. With over 20 years of experience in Washington, Mr. Spulak has worked both in Congress and in the private sector. In his current practice, he assists clients with legislative, regulatory and executive branch solutions to a wide range of legal and business matters, particularly those emphasizing congressional rules and procedure, congressional tax, budget and appropriations and congressional ethics, and federal election law.
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