For Immediate Release—Friday, January 19, 2007
Mary E. McCrank
Media Relations Officer
Editor's note: Kendall will be available for a media briefing before his talk to speak with reporters. The briefing will be held from 3:30-4 p.m. Feb. 5 in 203 Newton Hall. If you plan to attend, please call the college's media relations officer at (585) 245-5516 or (585) 414-8037.
David E. Kendall, Personal Attorney for the Clintons,
to Deliver Phi Beta Kappa Lecture Feb. 5 at SUNY Geneseo
GENESEO, N.Y.—David E. Kendall, who has served as personal attorney for Bill and Hillary Clinton since 1993, will deliver the State University of New York at Geneseo's annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in 203 Newton Hall.
The talk, titled "The Great War Today," is free and open to the public. Kendall will talk about World War I, as refracted through its literature and history—the changing and evolving attempts to assess its facts and causes. He will explore the relationship, if any, between the war's literature and history and will talk about the ramifications and influences of the Great War.
Kendall, a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Williams & Connolly LLP since 1981, began representing President Bill Clinton and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in November 1993, in what was ostensibly a small savings and loan matter involving Whitewater Development Company, Inc. He went on to represent the Clintons in a variety of matters, including the 1998-99 impeachment proceedings. Kendall continues to represent Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, now a U.S. Senator representing New York state, in civil litigation.
Kendall was first acquainted with the legal justice system when he was arrested several times (but convicted only once) in Mississippi during the summer of 1964 while attempting to register African-American voters. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Wabash College in Indiana in 1966, he attended Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his master's degree in English language and literature in 1968 from Oxford. In 1971, Kendall earned his juris doctorate from Yale Law School. After graduation, he served for a year as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White and then as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1972-73.
Kendall then spent five years as associate counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., litigating a variety of civil rights cases and concentrating in defending death penalty cases.
Kendall has represented a number of individual and corporate media clients over the years, defending libel, privacy invasion, and copyright suits and fighting subpoenas to news gatherers. His clients have included The Washington Post, Newsweek, National Enquirer (where he supervised prepublication copy review for over a decade and a half), Playboy, Discovery Communications, U.S. Medicine, and National Review. He also has advised the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America and AOL. Recently, he represented a number of copyright holders in anti-piracy suits against Internet services.
Kendall is the author of several articles on constitutional, media and criminal law and has taught law courses at Columbia Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. He is on the Board of Directors of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
In 2004, Geneseo became the first non-doctoral undergraduate institution within SUNY to house a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The college is one of only 270 colleges and universities in the nation to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the nation's best known and most significant academic honor society.