Constitution Day 2019: Representing the Government in the Supreme Court: A Conversation with Michael Dreeben

Michael Dreeben formerly served as the Deputy Solicitor General in charge of the Department of Justice’s criminal docket   before the United States Supreme Court. It has been said that he “has the biggest brain in criminal law in the country” and “knows more about criminal law than anyone else on Earth.”

His first Supreme Court argument was in 1989. In 2016, Mr. Dreeben argued his 100th case before the nation’s highest court, becoming only the eighth person to reach that milestone. He left the Justice Department this summer after nearly 32 years, 105 arguments before the Supreme Court, appearances in every regional court of appeals, a brief stint as a special assistant U.S. attorney, and an assignment with the investigative team of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

In this conversation with Professor Alafair Burke, Mr. Dreeben will reflect on a career spent representing the government before the Supreme Court.


Michael Dreeben served in the Solicitor General’s Office from 1988 to 2019. He is a graduate of Duke Law School (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A.) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A.). He has taught at Duke and Georgetown law schools.


Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Time: 12:10-1 p.m.

Location: Hofstra Law School, Room 308

For more information, please contact Julian Ku at


Tuesday, September 17, 2019



Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

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