Keynote Speaker: Eric H. Holder, Jr. ’76
Former United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., is an internationally recognized leader across a broad range of regulatory enforcement, criminal justice, and national security issues.
Now a partner at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., he advises clients on complex investigations and litigation matters, including those that are international in scope and involve significant regulatory enforcement issues and substantial reputational concerns.
Holder served as the 82nd attorney general of the United States from February 2009 to April 2015. He is the third-longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history and the first African-American to hold that office. In 2014, Time magazine named Holder to its list of “100 Most Influential People,” noting that he had “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.” In 2015, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund presented Holder with the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his lifelong efforts to advance civil rights.
Before his service as attorney general, Holder maintained a wide-ranging investigations and litigation practice at Covington from 2001 to 2009. Among numerous significant engagements, he led the firm’s representation of a major multinational agricultural company in related civil, criminal, and investigative matters; acted as counsel to a special investigative committee of the board of directors of a Fortune 50 technology company; successfully tried a complex discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a leading financial services company; and represented several life sciences companies in litigation and investigations.
Including his tenure as attorney general, Holder has served in government for more than 30 years and was appointed to various positions requiring U.S. Senate confirmation by Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan.
Holder is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School. He holds the highest honors from both institutions: the College’s Alexander Hamilton Medal (2015) and the Law School’s Medal for Excellence (2010).