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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and The Heritage Foundation - Without Intent: How Congress is Eroding the Criminal Intent Requirement in Federal Law

Jenner & Block Partner Andrew Weissmann was a speaker at a panel discussion about a joint report recently published by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and The Heritage Foundation titled, “Without Intent: How Congress Is Eroding the Criminal Intent Requirement in Federal Law.” The discussion was part of a reception held on May 24, 2010 in Washington D.C., to celebrate the release of the report, which sets forth findings of their unprecedented study documenting how far federal criminal lawmaking has drifted from its traditional roots and explores the critical reforms necessary to meet the challenge of overcriminalization.

Mr. Weissmann is a co-chair of the Firm's White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice.  He is a former Director of the Enron Task Force, Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and Special Counsel to the Director of the FBI.  An internationally-recognized white collar litigator, Mr. Weissmann’s practice concentrates on internal corporate compliance and investigations, including representation before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and state and local authorities.  He has tried numerous criminal and civil cases, including winning in an auction rate securities case the largest FINRA arbitration award ever.