Senate Democrats recently changed the filibuster rules on votes to confirm judicial and executive branch nominations. Under the old rules, at least 60 votes were required to invoke cloture and cut off debate on nominations. Under the new rules, however, the vote to end a filibuster and invoke cloture requires only 51 votes, so that a bare majority of the Senate can advance nominations. Alex Dahl, a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Washington, DC, and former Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Michael Teter, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah, will discuss the causes and consequences of the Senate filibuster reform.
12:00-1:00 p.m., Ray Quinney & Nebeker (36 S State St #1400)
Speakers: Alex Dahl of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schrek, and Professor Michael Teter
Alex Dahl is a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where he provides strategic public policy and legal counsel concerning legal reform, health care, corporate mergers, congressional investigations, and financial services. He also helps organizations navigate the political and legal arena of State Attorneys General.
Previously, Dahl served as the Deputy Staff Director and Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he spent five years advising then-Chairman, Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT), on legislative strategy concerning a wide variety of bills and constitutional amendments within the Committee’s jurisdiction, which includes intellectual property, immigration policy, criminal law, legal reform and antitrust.
Dahl has also worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted felony drug distribution and firearms cases in DC Superior Court. He was specially assigned to handle criminal intellectual property cases involving illegal sales of pirated DVD movies and music CDs.
Prior to his government service, Alex practiced general commercial litigation in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he handled a variety of civil matters relating to electric utilities, securities and contract disputes. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Dee V. Benson, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Utah.
Michael Teter joined the faculty at the S.J. Quinney College of Law as an associate professor in 2011. Prior to that, he was a visiting professor of politics at Pomona College and a teaching fellow in the Federal Legislation & Administrative Clinic at Georgetown Law.
Professor Teter received his B.A. in Politics from Pomona College and his J.D. from Yale Law School. After law school, he worked as a union-side labor lawyer in Los Angeles before joining the presidential campaign of John Kerry in 2003, working in Iowa, Washington State, and California, before serving as the Kerry-Edwards Wisconsin State Field Director. He directed the re-election campaign of Senator Herb Kohl before going to work as a litigation associate at Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington.
Teter’s research focuses on the intersection of constitutional structures and the legislative process, as well as on the role politics plays in the U.S. legal system.