Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
Jay P. Lefkowitz
former Special Envoy on Human Rights in North Korea
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York
North Korean Human Rights Issues: Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
ICAS Winter Symposium: Humanity, Peace and Security
February 18, 2009 Wednesday 2:00 PM - 5::30 PM
Rayburn Office Building Room B 318
States House of Representatives
Capitol Hill, Washington DC 20515
We are pleased to share with you that Jay P. Lefkowitz will address "North Korean
Human Rights Issues: Hear Ye! Hear Ye!" at the ICAS Winter Symposium on February 18,
2009 in Washington DC.
Jay P Lefokowitz is a litigation partner in the New York
City office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Jay serves on Kirkland's Worldwide Management
Committee (member); Administrative Committee (co-chair); Firmwide Development Committee
(member); and the New York Operations Committee (member). With more than 20 years
of experience, he has appeared in court in 30+ states. Jay has also appeared before
several federal agencies and conducted a variety of internal investigations. In
addition, he provides strategic counseling on regulatory and legislative matters.
has successfully sued several federal agencies in both the U.S. District Court and
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in cases involving questions
of administrative law. He currently represents several individuals and public companies
in various matters before the Securities Exchange Commission and the Department
of Justice, and serves as lead counsel in several securities class action appeals
Jay has had a distinguished career in public service. He served
as President Bush's Special Envoy on Human Rights in North Korea, a position to
which Jay was appointed on August 19, 2005, pursuant to the North Korean Human Rights
Act of 2004.
From 2001-2003, Jay left Kirkland to serve in the White House as Deputy
Assistant to President Bush for Domestic Policy and as General Counsel in the Office
of Management and Budget. In these roles, he was one of the President's senior advisors
on domestic policy, legal and international development issues. Earlier in his career,
Jay served in the White House as Director of Cabinet Affairs and Deputy Executive
Secretary to the Domestic Policy Council for President George H. W. Bush.
work as a lawyer and diplomat has been featured in many newspapers and magazines
throughout the world. He has also been profiled in The Washington Post, "A Hard-Nosed
Litigator Becomes Bush's Policy Point Man," in connection with his role as an advisor
to the President; in Global Forensics, "Subprime Crisis Stirring Up New Wave of
Litigation, Says Kirkland's Lefkowitz," highlighting his expertise on the subprime
crisis; in "What Ever Happened to Jay Lefkowitz?" highlighting his post-White House
pursuits; in a cover story in The American Lawyer, "Blackboard Jungle," for his
work successfully arguing in support of school voucher programs in Wisconsin and
Florida; in The National Law Journal, "Republican Connected and Rising;" in Columbia
College Today, "Shuttle Diplomat;" and in several Wall Street Journal editorials.
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President