You know you've made it in the white collar bar when you're invited to speak at the ABA's annual National Institute on White Collar Crime seminar. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is the keynote speaker of this year's event, which is taking place this Thursday and Friday at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina.
Another of the event's speakers, former San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam, likely won't be leading the standing ovation after the AG's speech. Lam, of course, was asked to resign by the Justice Department despite leading a major public corruption investigation that put former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham behind bars and resulted in the indictment the CIA's former No. 3, Kyle Foggo.
Lam will speak on a panel Thursday entitled "Lessons Learned from Recent Major Fraud Prosecutions." The BLT will be curious to see what lessons Lam has to share with the audience. Gonzales will speak three hours later about the Justice Department's corporate fraud efforts.
Check out the official program here, which includes a list of the hotshots selected to be speakers and faculty members. Among a few of the familiar names: former Enron prosecutor Sean Berkowitz; Joshua Hochberg, the former chief of the Justice Department's fraud section; and Joseph Whitley, former general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security.