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National Security and the Constitution: A conversation with former U.S. Vice President Walter F. Mondale ('56) and former Dean of the Law School Professor Robert A. Stein ('61)

November 7, 2013

Media note: RSVPs requested but not required to lawevent@umn.edu.

Walter Mondale, former U.S. Vice President and Senior Counsel at Dorsey, will be the inaugural speaker of the annual Stein Lecture at the University of Minnesota Law School on Wednesday, November 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Mr. Mondale will summarize some of the important and shocking findings of the Church Committee, the actions of our intelligence agencies and summarize the reforms proposed. He will discuss the challenges confronting our intelligence agencies operating under the foreign intelligence surveillance act, the congressional intelligence committees, the foreign intelligence court and the exercise of presidential power. RSVPs requested but not required to lawevent@umn.edu. One CLE credit has been approved.

Walter Frederick ("Fritz") Mondale was born in Ceylon, Minnesota. He earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1951. After serving in the U.S. Army, Mondale received his LL.B. (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1956, having served on the Minnesota Law Review and as a law clerk in the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Mondale then practiced law in Minneapolis. In 1960, Governor Freeman appointed him State Attorney General. In 1964, Governor Rolvaag asked him to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy created by Hubert Humphrey’s election to the Vice Presidency. Voters returned Mondale to the Senate in 1966 and 1972.

Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale were elected president and vice president of the United States in 1976. He was the first vice president to have an office in the White House; he served as a full-time participant, advisor, and troubleshooter for the administration.

In 1984, Mondale was the Democratic Party's nominee for president. Following that election, Mondale practiced law, taught, studied, and traveled. In 1993, President Clinton nominated him to be the U.S. Ambassador to Japan.  Mondale served there from 1993 to 1996.

The Stein Lecture was endowed by Professor Robert A. Stein (’61), dean of the Law School for 15 years and former chief operating officer of the American Bar Association. It was established to invite leaders of the bench and bar and of the governments of the U.S. and other nations to deliver an annual lecture on a topic of national or international interest.

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