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June 2023 Washington Letter


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Advocate of the Month

We are pleased to honor Benjamin Powell as our Advocate of the Month for June 2023 for his significant work on the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB). Ben is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security and was appointed by President Donald Trump to the PIDB in October 2020, serving a three-year term. Earlier this month, the American Bar Association co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill that featured Senators Mark Warner and Mike Rounds. Here, Ben, along with the Senators, discussed how over-classification is undermining our national security. Currently, Ben is a partner at WilmerHale, where he co-chairs the cybersecurity and privacy practice and is also part of the defense and national security practice. His extensive experience includes serving as the General Counsel in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where he provided invaluable legal counsel to the first three Directors of National Intelligence. Prior to that, he served as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel, spearheading intelligence community-related legislation and initiatives. Beyond his legal career, Ben served in the United States Air Force, supporting intelligence missions for various commands and intelligence centers. Ben holds degrees in applied science and finance from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Wharton School of Business, respectively. He earned his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School.

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