During the program panelists speak about their entire careers and their current job and explain the day-to-day work in their field of administrative law. Each speaker covers a unique area of administrative law (i.e. rulemaking, litigation in front of administrative law judges, prosecution). The conversation is designed to give people a better idea about the various jobs in the field and the participants will have the opportunity at the end to ask questions in order to get a better sense of what field they might want to pursue.
Levon Schlichter, Office of the General Counsel, Division of Regulatory Services, Washington, DC
Crystal A. Banse, Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), Madison, WI
Jamie Conrad, Conrad Law and Policy Counsel, Washington, DC
Honorable Errol H. Powell, Retired from the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH), Tallahassee, FL
Jonathan Rusch, US Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Crystal A. Banse
Crystal is an Assistant Attorney General for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ). Her practice focus is mainly on civil rights and public rights. In addition, she serves as a part-time Judge Advocate (JAG) in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
Crystal is a 2010 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she was a Note & Comment Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Team, and three-time pro bono partnership award winner. She also is a 2011 Honor Graudate of the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center & School, where she ranked third in her class of 115 and was awarded the American Bar Association’s Legal Assistance for Military Personnel Award for the highest grade in legal assistance.
While in law school, Crystal assisted clients at the Unemployment Appeals Clinic, where she appeared with over a dozen clients at administrative law hearings to contest the denial of their unemployment benefits. At DOJ, she defends administrative decisions, including probation revocations, employment disputes, and prison discipinary decisions. As a JAG, she regulary prosecutes administrative seperations and handles a variety of other administrative law issues.
James W. Conrad, Jr.
As the principal of Conrad Law & Policy Counsel, founded in 2007, Jamie Conrad represents businesses, associations and coalitions before federal agencies and Congress in the areas of environment, health and safety; homeland security; energy efficiency; and the use of science in regulation. With 14 years of prior experience at the American Chemistry Council and 8 years at major national law firms, he has a broad and sophisticated perspective on how to achieve results and defend interests in the federal regulatory environment. His practice includes strategic advocacy to shape agency policy, participating in all stages of the rulemaking process, regulatory compliance counseling, permitting and enforcement. He is extensively engaged in legislative advocacy, working with Congressional staff to guide oversight and negotiate legislative language and legislative history, in both the authorizing and appropriations context. He has a long track record helping private entities engage with government agencies and other third parties in innovative projects that offer mutual benefits.
At the American Chemistry Council, Conrad had legal responsibility for security issues after 9/11. He also led the Council’s advocacy regarding information quality, science policy, regulatory enforcement and a range of other environmental issues. Mr. Conrad also managed ACC’s environmental legal staff. In 2001, he founded the Performance Track Participants Association.
Mr. Conrad previously practiced with the Washington, D.C. offices of Davis, Graham & Stubbs and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He has chaired the City of Alexandria, Virginia Environmental Policy Commission and was one of the few Democrats on the Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Committee for EPA. He is Last Retiring Chair of the ABA’s Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, and previously served as its Chair, Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair, and Secretary, and as a member of its governing Council. He has also held leadership positions in the Section of Environment, Energy & Natural Resources. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Mr. Conrad developed and edits the Environmental Science Deskbook. He has testified before Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission and is a frequent speaker. His work has appeared in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, numerous law reviews and trade journals, as well as The New Republic and the Washington Post. He graduated with high honors from GW Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review and the Order of the Coif. He received a B.A. and the Department Prize in Philosophy from Haverford College.
Honorable Errol H. Powell
Judge Powell retired from the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) on June 30, 2013. He had been with DOAH since 1993. He was one of three African American State Administrative Law Judges in the State of Florida and was the first male African American State Administrative Law Judge. He is licensed to practice in Florida.
Judge Powell’s legal service includes:
Florida Supreme Court: member of the Florida Supreme Court's Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity.
The Florida Bar: member — Administrative Law Section, Government Lawyer's Section, Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee, Media and Communications Law Committee, and The Florida Bar Speaker’s Bureau; Florida Bar Foundation Fellow; a speaker at various CLE seminars; former member – Government Lawyer’s Section Executive Council, Standing Committee on Professionalism, and Judicial Subcommittee of the Commission on Professionalism; and former chairperson of various committees.
Local and State Voluntary Legal Associations: member – Tallahassee Barristers Association, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, Florida Government Bar Association, Florida Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (Past President), William H. Stafford American Inn of Court, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and Judicial Council of the Virgil Hawkins Chapter, National Bar Association.
The American Bar Association (ABA): member — Standing Committee on Diversity in the Judiciary, Judicial Division, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section Council, Co-Chair of State Administrative Committee of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary (NCALJ), NCALJ Fellow, ABA Fellow; and former member of Standing Committee on Professionalism.
The National Bar Association (NBA): member – Judicial Council, NBA; and life member of the NBA.
Other National Memberships: National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ).
Active in his local community, Judge Powell serves on numerous boards, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Big Bend; Elder Care Services; Tallahassee Area Club, Frontiers International (President); Lincoln Center Foundation (President); and 100 Black Men of Tallahassee Area (Past President). For his service in the community, he has received numerous awards.
Jonathan J. Rusch
Jonathan J. Rusch is Deputy Chief for Strategy and Policy in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. His duties include service as Co-Chair of the International Mass-Marketing Fraud Working Group, Chair of the national Identity Theft Enforcement Interagency Working Group, a member of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Core Group of Experts on Identity-Related Crime, and Executive Director of the Department of Justice’s Disaster Fraud Task Force.
Mr. Rusch received an A.B. degree with honors from Princeton University, an M.A. (Government) degree from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review. He has been the lead prosecutor in major fraud and public corruption prosecutions by the Department of Justice, including successful prosecutions of a former United States Treasurer, a House Sergeant at Arms, and former Members of Congress, as well as ringleaders of various mass-marketing fraud schemes.
Mr. Rusch has received numerous awards for his work in law enforcement, including the Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention, the Chief Postal Inspector’s Award, and the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Rusch also is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches courses on Global Cybercrime Law and Trial Practice, and Lecturer in Law at the University of Virginia Law School, where he teaches Cybercrime.
Mr. Rusch is a former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, and the Section’s current Membership Chair.