Assistant US Attorney Leah Bressack ’04 Testifies in Support of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch (C-SPAN)

Assistant U.S. Attorney (Maryland) Leah J. Bressack ’04 testifies before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary March 22, 2017.

Leah J. Bressack ’04, an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland, testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Thursday, March 22, 2017, in support of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Bressack, who called Gorsuch a mentor, was a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals circuit judge in Denver from 2009 to 2011, and is married to Albert Mayer ’03. Watch Bressack’s testimony, beginning at 1:05:30.

Policing the Police: Alex Reed ’10 Describes DOJ Internship

Alex Reed ’10

Alex Reed ’10 is in her final year at University of Michigan Law School. She spent last summer as a legal intern with a unit of the US Department of Justice, where she had the opportunity to work with experienced civil rights attorneys on investigations into police misconduct in Baltimore and Chicago. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin’s Rudalevige on Trump Desire to Reorganize Executive Branch: ‘Good Luck With That’ (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

President Trump’s recent executive order, “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch,” may be a song we’ve heard before. Many times. As Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige explains, attempts at executive reform have a long history.

Rudalevige writes that when Trump complained about “’duplication and redundancy everywhere,’ and urged more ‘efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the executive branch,’ he was preaching to a bipartisan, historical presidential choir.” Read more in the Washington Post political science blog The Monkey Cage.

Bowdoin Professor Argues Current Foreign Policy Could Diminish US

Rebecca Davis Gibbons

President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, as expressed so far through his actions and rhetoric, threatens to weaken the United States’ standing in the world, according to a Bowdoin government professor.

Rebecca Davis Gibbons, a visiting professor who specializes in foreign policy, national security, and arms control, explained in a recent talk at Bowdoin that Trump’s policy of isolationism could undermine the economic and security benefits the US has reaped from an integrated global order that it largely helped to build after WWII.

“Some of what we have seen in Trump’s actions and rhetoric may lead to a weaker US position in the world and lead to a less predictable and less stable world, one where US interests are undermined,” Gibbons said, adding, “Trumps actions and remarks show a lack of appreciation for the benefits this order has provided historically to the US.” More in Bowdoin News.