Symposium on Elected Public Service

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 -
11:30am to 6:30pm

Louis W. Riethmann Jr. Pavilion & John K. Pruellage Courtroom

3.8 MO CLE credits available

Many attorneys are called to a life of elected public office, but getting a successful start can be daunting. Join SLU LAW for the Symposium on Elected Public Service to learn more about a meaningful career as an elected official, the need for lawyers in the legislative process and the mechanics for getting started.

SLU LAW Student Stipends - a stipend is available to currently enrolled SLU LAW students who obtain a position with an elected official or political party. Please contact the Office of Career Services for more information and an application.

Speakers

The Honorable Ambassador Kevin F. O'Malley
Kevin F. O'Malley was nominated by President Barack Obama and served as the 31st United States Ambassador to Ireland from 2014 to 2017. During his tenure, he developed the Creative Minds Series, a cross-cultural program that invited prominent U.S. artists, writers and innovators to share their experiences with Irish audiences, encouraging more creative economic links between young people in the two countries. In 2017 he returned to his hometown of St. Louis and has continued to work toward deepening the cultural and business ties between the U.S. and Ireland. He rejoined the firm Greensfelder, Hemker, and Gale, PC, where he had previously spent 11 years as partner leading the medical negligence and white collar crime and regulatory compliance areas of practice. He also was appointed non-executive director for the board of Greencore Group, a billion-dollar multinational food company headquartered in Ireland. A former federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, he earned his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1973 and also has a degree in philosophy and political science from Saint Louis University.
The Honorable Mayor Francis G. Slay

Former St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay serves as Of Counsel at Spencer Fane. As the 45th mayor of St. Louis, his tenure was the longest in the City’s history and ran parallel to many great advances for St. Louis. In his role with Spencer Fane, he serves clients in a manner similar to that of a general counsel, advising businesses on a full spectrum of legal issues and orchestrating the firm’s in-house legal teams to meet those needs across a range of practice areas. Prior to his long-standing service to the City of St. Louis, Mayor Slay was a private practice attorney for 20 years. He combines his substantial legal knowledge with his experience in public service to advise clients in both the public and private sectors. Mayor Slay received his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1980.

Representative Raumesh Akbari, District 91, Tennessee General Assembly

State Representative Raumesh Akbari has represented House District 91 (Memphis) since the fall of 2013. Since that time she has been an effective and vocal member of the House Criminal Justice Committee and Subcommittee, the House Education Administration and Planning Committee, and the House Ethics Committee and Subcommittee.  Since the beginning of the current 110th General Assembly, she has served as the House Democratic Floor Leader. A graduate of Washington University and Saint Louis University School of Law (’09), Representative Akbari is currently chair of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators; Treasurer of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL); a state director within Women in Government; and Financial Secretary of N.O.B.E.L., the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, a member of the Leadership Council and  Co-Chair of the Interbranch Affairs Committee  for The Council of State Governments.

Michael Brain, Counsel, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 

 Michael Brain serves as Counsel to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Prior to his role as Counsel he served as both a Staff Assistant and Legislative Assistant to the Subcommittee. Michael has also served as a Legislative Assistant to Representative Eddie Bernice in the United States House of Representatives. Michael is a 2013 graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law. 

Jack Coatar,  Of Counsel, Spencer Fane, LLP and 7th Ward Alderman, City of St. Louis

Jack Coatar is an Of Counsel in the Litigation, Governmental Affairs, and Real Estate Practice Groups at Spencer Fane. In addition to his law practice, Jack serves as 7th Ward Alderman in the City of St. Louis. He is currently the youngest member of the Board of Aldermen and serves on a number of key Aldermanic committees, including the Public Safety Committee and the Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee. Prior to joining the Board of Aldermen, Jack gained valuable litigation and trial experience as a prosecutor in the Circuit Attorney’s Office. Jack is also a political campaign veteran, having worked on numerous state and local campaigns through Missouri. Most recently, Jack was the Voter Protection Coordinator for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s 2012 reelection campaign. Prior to that, Jack served as executive director of the St. Louis City Democratic Central Committee. Jack began his political career as a staff member of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and then as a member of Mayor Francis G. Slay’s 2009 reelection campaign. Jack is a 2012 graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law and a 2008 graduate of SLU, where he majored in economics and political science.

Joshua Horeled, Legal Counsel, Illinois Senate Republican Caucus

A veteran of the political process, Joushua worked as an assistant campaign coordinator for Arie Friedman's state senate campaign. He spent two years as a legislative analyst for the Illinois State Senate Republican staff. Joshua served as the Metro East Field Coordinator for Kirk Dillard's gubernatorial campaign, and was the campaign manager for Pamela Althoff's state senate campaign. After graduating from SLU LAW in 2016, Joshua assumed his current role as legal counsel to the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus.

Kate McAuliffe, Counsel, Hogan Lovells, LLP and Former Associate Counsel to U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt

Kate McAuliffe has more than 15 years of experience working in the House of Representatives leadership, and lobbying Capitol Hill and the Administration, on behalf of corporations, nonprofits, associations and coalitions. She has a long record of negotiating public policy solutions for clients in healthcare, education, food and agriculture, oversight, investigations, the federal budget, and other areas. Kate has successfully helped clients secure federal funding, favorable funding, and reimbursement determinations before Congress and the Administration. She counsels clients on the development and implementation of strategies to impact legislation, and complex regulatory policy. Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), Kate was an associate with the Washington office of a leading law firm. She served as associate counsel to U.S House of Representatives Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt, where she handled policy and legislation in a number of areas. As associate counsel, Kate worked tirelessly with members of the Democratic Caucus coordinating with committee and leadership staff to advance complex policy initiatives. She has a thorough understanding of House and Senate procedure, and the current political dynamics necessary to navigate the many complex legislative and regulatory issues facing her clients. Kate is a 1996 graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law.

Eric Schmitt, Missouri State Treasurer

Eric Schmitt was sworn in as the 46th Treasurer of the state of Missouri in January 2017. As State Treasurer, Eric is focused on protecting Missouri taxpayers, supporting small businesses, and empowering individuals and families while overseeing the state’s $3.6 billion investment portfolio as its Chief Financial Officer. He graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2000. He was inspired to enter public service to be a voice for his son, Stephen, who was born with a rare genetic condition (tuberous sclerosis) causing tumors on his organs. Stephen also has epilepsy, is on the autism spectrum, and is non-verbal. Eric’s record of accomplishments serves as a reflection of his values and leadership. During his time as an Alderman for the city of Glendale and his two terms in the Missouri State Senate, he worked to cut taxes for working families, improve educational opportunities for Missouri children, and advocate for those with special needs. He was elected the 46th Treasurer of the State of Missouri on November 8, 2016 with more votes than any other State Treasurer in Missouri history.

David W. Sweeney, Member, Lewis Rice, LLC; Registered Lobbyist and Former Counsel to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen

As the former chief legal counsel for the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, David W. Sweeney has extensive experience handling government-related legal matters. While at the Board of Aldermen, David provided a broad range of legal services, including drafting ordinances, counseling government employees on budgetary issues, and advising employees on legal issues, among other responsibilities. In his private practice, David focuses on lobbying, governmental and finance matters; municipal and public law; government affairs; zoning, land use, tax increment financing, community improvement districts, and other development incentives. His experience ranges from drafting and overseeing implementation of legislation regarding tax increment financing, community improvement districts, special business districts, transportation development districts, and property tax abatements to representation of governmental entities in a variety of real estate development and finance matters. Dave is a 2005 graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law.

Representative Cora Faith Walker, District 74, Missouri House of Representatives

Representative Cora Faith Walker, a Democrat, represents part of North St. Louis County (District 74) in the Missouri House of Representatives and was elected to her first term as a State Representative in November 2016. Representative Walker is a licensed attorney who has extensive experience with working on crucial issues such as Medicaid expansion and health reform and came to the legislature with a reputation as an expert in the field of health law and public policy. As a legislator, Representative Walker is committed to fighting for justice and equity in the areas of health, early childhood education and development, criminal justice, and jobs and the economy. She has been able to advance her work not only through legislation she has filed, but also through her service as a member of the House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee and the House Children and Families Committee. Representative Walker is also a member of the House Administration and Accounts Committee, the Joint Committee on Life Sciences, and the MOHealthNet Oversight Committee. She earned her Bachelors of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also attended graduate school and earned her Master of Public Health as part of the inaugural MPH class at the Brown School of Social Work. She received her Juris Doctorate and Health Law Certificate from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 2009. 

Joseph Wilson, JTW Consulting, LLC

As the owner of JTW Consulting, LLC, Joe has in-depth experience in political campaigns. He manages field campaign efforts for candidates, issue campaigns, opposition research, and coordinates campaign employees and volunteers. He has experience in assembling public policy platforms for political action committees as well as fundraising efforts. Prior to founding JTW Consulting, Joe worked as the associate director for Research at Better Together and was a researcher for the Missouri Council for a Better Economy.  Joe is a 2014 graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law. 

Schedule

11:45 a.m. - Registration and buffet lunch opens

12-12:50 p.m. - Lunch and Featured Speaker, The Honorable Ambassador Kevin F. O'Malley

1-1:50 p.m. - Service Program
Speakers: Jack Coatar, Of Counsel, Spencer Fane, LLP and 7th Ward Alderman, City of St. Louis
Joshua Horeled, Legal Counsel, Illinois Senate Republican Caucus
Kate McAuliffe, Counsel, Hogan Lovells, LLP and former associate counsel to U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt

2-2:50 p.m. - Lawyers in the Legislature Program
Speakers: Representative Raumesh Akbari, District 91, Tennessee General Assembly
Michael Brain, Counsel, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Representative Cora Faith Walker, District 74, Missouri House of Representatives

3-3:50 p.m. - Mechanics Program
Speakers: Eric Schmitt, Missouri State Treasurer
David W. Sweeney, Member, Lewis Rice, LLC; Registered Lobbyist and former counsel to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Joseph Wilson, JTW Consulting, LLC

4-4:30 p.m. - Closing Featured Speaker - The Honorable Mayor Francis G. Slay

4:40-6:30 p.m. - Networking Reception, Louis W. Riethmann Jr. Pavilion

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