Viet D. Dinh (Vietnamese: Đinh Đồng Phụng Việt; born February 22, 1968) is a lawyer and a conservative legal scholar who served as an Assistant Attorney General of the United States from 2001 to 2003, under the presidency of George W. Bush. Born in Saigon, in the former South Vietnam, he was the chief architect of the USA PATRIOT Act and is a former member of the Board of Directors of News Corporation.
Viet D. Dinh
|United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy|
May 31, 2001 – May 31, 2003
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Eleanor D. Acheson|
|Succeeded by||Daniel J. Bryant|
|Born||February 22, 1968|
|Alma mater||Harvard University (A.B.)|
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Dinh was born in Saigon, South Vietnam. He and his family emigrated to the United States in 1978, three years after Vietnam had fully embraced communism. They initially settled in Portland, Oregon, but moved to Fullerton, California, two years later. Dinh joined the restarted debate team at Fullerton High under coaches Gary Reed and Jacqueline Reedy as a senior, who encouraged him to apply to Harvard University.
Dinh graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1990 with an A.B. in Government and Economics. While at Harvard, he was a member of the Phoenix S.K. Club. He then attended Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshal, an Olin Research Fellow in Law and Economics, and Bluebook editor of the Harvard Law Review, and received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) magna cum laude in 1993.
After graduating from law school, Dinh served as a law clerk to Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor during the 1994 Term.
Dinh has served as Associate Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Whitewater Committee, as Special Counsel to Senator Pete V. Domenici for the Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton, and as counsel to the Special Master in re Austrian and German Bank Holocaust Litigation.
Dinh currently serves on or has served on the boards of the News Corporation, The Orchard Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ; ORCD), Liberty’s Promise, the American Judicature Society, the Transition Committee for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Section on National Security Law of the Association of American Law Schools, and the ABA Section on Administrative Law.
He currently resides in Washington, D.C., teaches at Georgetown University Law Center, and is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis. In September 2016, Kirkland hired all of the attorneys at the firm Dinh founded, Bancroft PLLC.
Dinh's representative publications include Defending Liberty: Terrorism and Human Rights in the Helsinki Monitor, Codetermination and Corporate Governance in a Multinational Business Enterprise in the Journal of Corporation Law, and Financial Sector Reform and Economic Development in Vietnam in Law and Policy in International Business. He was writing a book Judicial Authority and Separation of Powers (forthcoming as of 2000) and published The USA Patriot Act: Preserving Life and Liberty in 2008. He published a piece of fiction in the Chicago Review in 2004.
In September 2006 Dinh received publicity for representing Tom Perkins, a former Hewlett-Packard director involved in the company's pretexting scandal. The emails between Perkins and Larry Sonsini, a corporate lawyer involved with Board of Directors decisions for many Corporations were eventually forwarded to reporters and became public.
Dinh, along with fellow News Corp. board member, fellow lawyer, and Corporation executive Joel Klein, took over the investigation of the News of the World phone hacking affair and related Corporation issues in July, 2011, from News International UK Chief Executive, Rebekah Brooks. Brooks' own possible involvement in the phone hacking scandal made her unable to continue as an impartial investigator. Tom Perkins, also on the News Corp. board, was one who recommended Dinh for the investigation role.
It emerged after he was appointed to the board investigation that Dinh is godfather to one of Lachlan Murdoch's children and friend of Lachlan since 2003. Further, in 1992, a decade before he met Lachlan, Dinh wrote of his sister, held in a Hong Kong refugee camp, in the New York Times, which led to NBC TV coverage and then to a series of articles in the South China Morning Post. The Post was owned by Rupert Murdoch, and Dinh's articles there were credited with helping free his sister. The personal ties to Murdoch interests and family were debated as Dinh took the role in the phone-hacking investigation.
Dinh served as Assistant Attorney General of the United States from 2001 to 2003, under the presidency of George W. Bush. He was confirmed in the Senate by a vote of 96 to 1, with the sole No vote coming from Hillary Clinton. As the official responsible for federal legal policy, Dinh worked with issues of illicit drugs, racial profiling in federal law enforcement, exploitation of children, human trafficking, DNA technology, gun violence, and civil and criminal justice procedural reform. Dinh was also involved in the selection and confirmation of 100 district and 23 appellate judges in his role representing the U.S. Department of Justice. After 9/11, Dinh conducted a comprehensive review of DOJ priorities, policies and practices, and played a key role in developing the USA PATRIOT Act and revising the Attorney General's Guidelines, which govern federal law enforcement activities and national security investigations.
Dinh is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. His expertise lies in constitutional law, corporations law, and the law and economics of development. He is also currently Co-Director of the Asian Law & Policy Studies Program. He previously served as Co-Director of the Joint Program in Law and Business Administration, from 1998–99.
His family was separated in 1975 when his father, Phong Dinh, was being held as a political prisoner in the family's war-ravaged homeland after the fall of Saigon. He escaped in 1978, and remained a fugitive in Vietnam, when his mother, Nga Thu Nguyễn, and his older siblings got on a boat with 85 other people and set out. For 12 days Dinh was in a broken 15-foot-long boat, at one point with no food or water. They encountered a Thai fishing crew that gave them food and gas, and helped fix the boat and pointed them toward land. When they reached Malaysia they were met by gunshots from a patrol boat; the Malaysians didn't want them. Their boat docked but Dinh's mother realized that the port police would force them to leave the next morning, so she sneaked back out to the boat alone that night with an axe and damaged the boat so as not to be sent back on it. After six months as refugees in Malaysia, Dinh's family arrived at Oregon in November 1978. They picked strawberries for menial wages, sending money back to Dinh's father and a sibling hiding out in Vietnam. After Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, the crop damage forced his family to relocate to Fullerton.
Dinh was honored by his high school alma mater when he was added to Fullerton's wall of fame. He will share that wall with an ideological opposite, David Boies, former Vice President Al Gore's lawyer for the Florida recount.
board director Viet Dinh
He played a key role in drafting and implementing the USA PATRIOT Act, landmark legislation that provided the law enforcement and intelligence communities with necessary tools to fight the war against terrorism. Dinh also spearheaded the revision of the Attorney General’s Guidelines, which govern the conduct of federal law enforcement activities and national security investigations.
Mrs. Dinh crept back to the boat with an ax and hacked at the vessel so it would sink, and the Malaysian government would allow them to stay.
| Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy
Daniel J. Bryant
| Member of the Board of Directors of News Corporation
Bancroft PLLC (formerly Bancroft Associates PLLC) was an American law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. The firm was founded in Washington, D.C. by former Assistant Attorney General Viet D. Dinh. Bancroft specializes in Supreme Court and appellate litigation, government investigations, national security law, and corporate governance.Bancroft works in a number of substantive areas, including antitrust, arbitration, class actions, commercial, copyright, criminal, education, employment, energy, environmental, ERISA, FDA, health care, insurance, labor, national security, patent, preemption, RICO, securities, telecommunications, and all manner of constitutional issues.In April 2011, former Solicitor General Paul Clement joined the firm as a partner after resigning from King & Spalding, after that firm dropped the case of defending the Defense of Marriage Act. In September 2016, Kirkland & Ellis hired all of the attorneys at the firm.Dinh (surname)
Dinh is a Vietnamese surname. In Vietnam, the surname is spelled Đinh or Đình but Đình is very rare in Vietnamese.Eleanor D. Acheson
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Fullerton Union High School is a public high school located in the Orange County, California city of Fullerton, United States operated by the Fullerton Joint Union High School District.Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy is a law review for conservative and libertarian legal scholarship. It was established by Harvard Law School students Spencer Abraham and Stephen Eberhard in 1978, leading to the founding of the Federalist Society, for which it is the official journal. It is one of the top five most widely circulated law reviews in the United States.Notable alumni include Neil Gorsuch, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, Alexander Acosta, Mike Pompeo, David Barron, Rachel Brand, Jennifer Elrod, John K. Bush, Joseph D. Kearney, Kevin Newsom, Gregory Katsas, Adrian Vermeule, Orrin Kerr, and David Frum.
Past authors have included George H.W. Bush, Guido Calabresi, Ted Cruz, Viet D. Dinh, Frank H. Easterbrook, John C. Eastman, Richard Garnett, Robert George, Douglas H. Ginsburg, Lino Graglia, Neil Gorsuch, Alex Kozinski, George L. Priest, William H. Pryor, Jr., Neomi Rao, William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Eugene Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Ron Paul, and John Yoo.List of Georgetown University faculty
This is a list of notable Georgetown University faculty, including both current and past faculty at the Washington, D.C. school. As of 2007, Georgetown University employs approximately 1,202 full-time and 451 part-time faculty members across its three campuses. Many former politicians choose to teach at Georgetown, including U.S. Agency for International Development administrator Andrew Natsios, National Security Advisor Anthony Lake, U.S. Senator and Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, and CIA director George Tenet. Politically, Georgetown's faculty members give more support to liberal candidates, and their donation patterns are consistent with those of other American university faculties. All of Georgetown University's presidents have been faculty as well.List of Vietnamese Americans
This is a list of notable Vietnamese Americans.
To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Vietnamese American, or must have independent reliable source references showing they are Vietnamese American and are notable.List of people from Fullerton, California
Here follows a list of people from Fullerton, California; that is, of persons born in or who have spent a significant portion of their life in Fullerton, California.
Paul Abbott, baseball pitcher
Dick Ackerman, politician
Agent Orange (band)
Alfie Agnew, mathematician, songwriter and musician
Frank Agnew, songwriter and musician
Rikk Agnew, songwriter and musician
Ed Amelung, baseball player
David Boies, attorney
Jackson Browne, folk music singer-songwriter, graduated from Sunny Hills High School
Shaun Butler, BMX rider
James Cameron, Oscar-winning film director
Gary Carter, baseball player, member of MLB Hall of Fame, attended Sunny Hills High School
Sam L. Collins, politician
Kevin Costner, actor and Oscar-winning director, graduate of California State University, Fullerton
Suzanne Crough, actress
Dennis Danell, musician
William E. Dannemeyer, politician
Philip K. Dick, author, science fiction
Viet D. Dinh, assistant U.S. Attorney General under George W. Bush
Jim Edmonds, baseball player
Leo Fender, inventor, guitar manufacturer
C.S. Forester, novelist
Jeremy Gable, playwright
James Harder, engineer, professor
Chris Hebert, actor
Lynn Hill, competitive rock climber
D. J. Houlton, baseball player who currently plays for Yomiuri Giants in Japan
Wesley Jansen, actor
Randy Jones, baseball pitcher
Dan Kennedy, soccer player
Kourtney Kunichika, professional ice hockey player for the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL
Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Fame baseball manager and Dodgers executive, lives in Fullerton
Leon Leyson, believed to be the youngest member of the Schindlerjuden who were saved from the Holocaust by Oskar Schindler
Mike Ness, musician
Phil Nevin, baseball player
David Newhan, baseball player
Lon Nol, former president of Khmer Republic
Jory Prum, recording engineer
John Raitt, Broadway, television, and film actor and singer
Shawn Ray, bodybuilder
Brian St. Clair, drummer for Local H, was raised in Fullerton, California
Jack Salveson, baseball player
Steven Seagal, actor
Jeff Soto, contemporary artist
Stacey Q, singer, songwriter & actress
Gwen Stefani, singer and television personality
Skip Stellrecht, actor
John Sullivan, football player
Jeff Tam, baseball player
Kelly Thomas, homeless man beaten to death by the Fullerton Police Department
Tui St. George Tucker
Keith Van Horn, basketball player
Arky Vaughan, Hall of Fame baseball player
John Witt (Ballhawk)
Mike Witt, baseball pitcher
Eric Wynalda, soccer player
Gary Zimmerman, football player
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