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Tag: Alberto Gonzales

Weekend Series on Law Enforcement: Ex-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Speaks

Ex-Atty. Gen. Gonzales to Split Time Between Law Firm and University

Alberto Gonzales/Fox 34

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales isn’t only going to be teaching law, he’s going to practicing it as well.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Gonzales is going to join the Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis to practice white collar defense and advise clients about government relations.

Earlier this week, the new law school at Belmont University in Nashville announced that it had hired Gonzales as a teacher.

The Journal reports that he will split his time between the law firm and Belmont University.

At present, he is still teaching at Texas Tech Law School.

 

Ex-Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales to Join New Law School in Nashville

Alberto Gonzales/Fox 34

  
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Alberto R. Gonzales, who became a controversial figure as Attorney General during the Bush administration, will become a professor at the newly created Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, Tenn.

The university announced in a press release that Gonzales will fill the endowed position as the Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law on Jan. 2. The law school opened its doors in September.

Gonzales is currently  a Visiting Professor and minority/veteran recruitment consultant at Texas Tech University.

“The insight and experience Alberto Gonzales acquired while serving as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, Counsel to the President, Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas and Texas Secretary of State will be immeasurable resources for our students and faculty,” Belmont’s Law School Dean Jeff Kinsler said in a statement. “Since leaving public office, these qualities have helped Judge Gonzales develop into an outstanding professor. We are incredibly fortunate that he has decided to join our charter faculty, and we are extremely grateful for the support provided by Doyle and Barbara Rogers.”

Gonzales was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate as the 80th Attorney General on Feb. 3, 2005. He served in that post until September of 2007.

“I am honored to be named as the Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law, created in honor of an outstanding lawyer and extraordinary human being,” Gonzales said in a statement. ” I welcome the opportunity to be associated with the Belmont College of Law, and I look forward to working with an outstanding charter faculty to develop tomorrow’s leaders in the bar, the Nashville community and beyond.”

 

Pres. Bush Sent Alberto Gonzales to See Ashcroft in Hospital, The Atlantic Reports

Alberto Gonzales/Fox 34

By Murray Waas
The Atlantic

In March 2004, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales made a now-famous late-night visit to the hospital room of Attorney General John Ashcroft, seeking to get Ashcroft to sign a certification stating that the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program was legal. According to people familiar with statements recently made by Gonzales to federal investigators, Gonzales is now saying that George Bush personally directed him to make that hospital visit.

The hospital visit is already central to many contemporaneous historical accounts of the Bush presidency. At the time of the visit, Ashcroft had been in intensive care for six days, was heavily medicated, and was recovering from emergency surgery to remove his gall bladder.

Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey has said that he believes that Gonzales and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, who accompanied Gonzales to Ashcroft’s hospital room, were trying to take advantage of Ashcroft’s grievously ill state—pressing him to sign the certification possibly without even comprehending what he was doing—and in the process authorize a government surveillance program which both Ashcroft and the Justice Department had concluded was of questionable legality.

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Ex-Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales Cashing in on His Name; Named Board of Director

Alberto Gonzales/Fox 34

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-U.S. Attorney Alberto Gonzales is cashing in on his name.

The Texas company Drexel Metals Inc., a provider of standing seam metal roofing systems, announced Monday that Gonzales has joined its board of  directors.

“I have enjoyed working with Al while he served as a valuable consultant that helped Drexel Metals establish itself in Texas and better service the Hispanic community,” said CEO Rob Waite in a statement.

“With his significant contribution to Drexel Metals, it made sense to invite Al to join our board and we are very pleased he accepted our offer.”

Gonzales, the former Attorney General under President Bush, is a visiting professor at Texas Tech University and is president of Alberto R. Gonzales, P.C., a provider of consulting, arbitration, and mediation services.

Ex-Atty. Gen. Gonzales Congratulates Obama and Bush For bin Laden Death

Alberto Gonzales/Fox 34

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The voice of former Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales was heard again  earlier this week when he issued a statement on the execution of Osama bin Laden.

Texas Tech University, where Gonzales is a visiting political science professor, released the statement.

“I congratulate President Obama and his team for this significant accomplishment. I also congratulate President Bush who carried the War on Terror to our enemies and adopted the legal framework for that effort that continues today.”

“The brave work of members of our military, law enforcement and the intelligence community makes all Americans proud. The death of Osama bin Laden is a victory for all who have worked so hard to defend our nation since 9/11. It is also a time to remember once again the victims of terrorist attacks, and the men and women who have given their lives to keep our nation secure. God bless America.”

Opera Pokes Fun at Ex-Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales

Ex-Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Washington can be a way too serious place. Then occasionally someone comes along and figures out how to turn all the manure into entertainment.

Over the past two weekends people have flocked to the Baltimore Theater Project to see “The Gonzales Cantata”, an opera by composer Melissa Dunphy who set music to the transcripts from the 2007 congressional hearings on the dismissal of seven U.S. attorneys that involved then-Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales, according to the Washington Post. The opera first debuted in 2009.

“Clever, certainly, was her idea of turning to a Handelian style, using 18th-century musical conventions to send up the 18th-century conventions and forms of American political protocol (though her tick of pausing the music on pregnant dissonances, like an audible nudge to the ribs, got a bit old),” wrote Anne Midgette in the Washington Post.

The show proved to be such a hit, the theater website posted this: “Due to popular demand, we’ve added another performance on Saturday, February 12 at 8 pm.”

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