Paul Kamenar

Expert Topics:

  • Overcriminalization Expert
  • Legal Activism
  • Exposing Ferraro (see below)
  • Criminal Law and Exposure
  • Legal, Regulatory, and Public Policy Matters

Paul Kamenar

NLPC Lead Counsel for the National Legal and Policy Center

  • Washington, D.C. public policy and appellate attorney who counsels clients on legal, regulatory, and public policy matters
  • Represented of Andrew Miller who had been subpoenaed as a witness in the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller
  • Served as Senior Executive Counsel of the Washington Legal Foundation
  • Former Public Interest Clinical Professor of Law at George Mason University Law School
  • Former adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center teaching a separation of powers/appellate advocacy seminar
  • Has guest-lectured at the United States Naval Academy on National Security Law
  • Been a longtime Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States and a member of its Judicial Review Committee
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Bio

In March 2020, Paul Kamenar, a longtime fixture of the Washington, DC legal community, was named NLPC Counsel.

Paul had already been in the spotlight for NLPC through his representation of Andrew Miller who had been subpoenaed as a witness in the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Miller’s refusal to testify allowed for a Constitutional challenge to Mueller’s appointment and authority.  NLPC sponsored Paul’s representation of Andrew.

Although the challenge was not successful, Paul made a number of arguments undermining Mueller’s legal authority that received extensive media attention. The case reached the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the second highest court in the land, but fell short of the Supreme Court. Important constitutional issues raised by Paul remain unresolved that are sure to resurface in the future.

Legal Activism

For many years, Paul served as Senior Executive Counsel of the Washington Legal Foundation, representing over 300 Members of Congress in major Supreme Court cases; crime victims and civic groups; and small businesses challenging abusive federal agency enforcement actions.

In 1979, he represented Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) and other members of Congress in a Supreme Court case in which they challenged Jimmy Carter’s termination of our mutual defense treaty with Taiwan.  The district court had ruled in Goldwater’s favor but the Supreme Court ruled that the issue was a “political question” that the courts should avoid adjudicating.

In 1982, Paul represented former Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy in a civil lawsuit against John Hinckley. McCarthy was wounded during the attempt on President Reagan’s life.

Exposing Ferraro

In 1984, Paul filed a Complaint with the House Ethics Committee against then-Rep. Geraldine Ferraro (D-NY) who Walter Mondale had recently selected as his presidential running mate. The Complaint, which Paul personally served on Ferraro’s office with a media throng in tow, alleged that Ferarro failed to disclose the business holdings of her husband John Zaccaro.

In 1989, Paul argued in the Supreme Court challenging the American Bar Association’s secret process for evaluating President Reagan’s judicial nominees as a violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Overcriminalization Expert

He has been a speaker at several conferences across the country on overcriminalization and regulatory enforcement, including those sponsored by the American Bar Association, George Mason University Law School, S.J. Quinney College of Law-University of Utah, American University Washington College of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, and the Cleveland Chapter of the Federalist Society.  He also has appeared on numerous national news and talk shows, including CNN with Chris Cuomo, Nightline, Fox with Tucker Carlson, NBC’s “Good Morning America,” One America News, and NewsmaxTV.

Paul also has briefed Members of Congress and their staff on overcriminalization issues along with representatives from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Heritage Foundation. He and his clients also have testified before congressional committees on these issues.

Paul was Public Interest Clinical Professor of Law at George Mason University Law School from 1999-2005, and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center teaching a separation of powers/appellate advocacy seminar. He has guest-lectured at the United States Naval Academy on National Security Law.   He has been a longtime Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States and a member of its Judicial Review Committee. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Lead Articles Editor of its International Law Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College.  He also served as an Officer in the U.S. Army’s Adjutant General’s Corps.

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NLPC
Founded in 1991, the National Legal and Policy Center promotes ethics in public life through research, investigation, education, and legal action.
We recognize that the bigger the government, the more opportunities for corruption; and the more intervention in the economy, the more reason for special interests to seek influence. We believe that the best way to promote ethics is to reduce the size of government.

 

We do not believe that ethics are advanced through more laws or “better guidelines,” even as existing ones are ignored. We don’t believe the problem is with too few laws, or with too much freedom, but with men and women. We believe the missing ingredients are character, morality, and common sense.

NLPC is a 501(c)(3) foundation. Donations from individuals, foundations and corporations are welcome in any amount. Our Taxpayer ID # is 52-1750188.

NLPC was founded in late 1991 following the release of the Senate Ethics Committee report whitewashing the Keating Five. The report made reference to the Code of Ethics for Government, but not by name, presumably for fear of giving it greater standing. NLPC was founded to promote ethics, and to give the Code the visibility it deserves.

The author of the Code is Sen. Paul Douglas (D-IL) who served from 1948 to 1964. A “Sense of Congress” resolution that passed on July 11, 1958, urged adherence to the Code by all government officials.

Articles

ANY PERSON IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE SHOULD:

I. Put loyalty to the highest moral principles above loyalty to persons, party, or Government department.

II. Uphold the Constitution, laws, and legal regulations of the United States and of all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion.

III. Give a full day’s labor for a full day’s pay; giving to the performance of his duties his earnest effort and best thought.

IV. Seek to find and employ more efficient and economical ways of getting tasks accomplished.

V. Never discriminate unfairly by the dispensing of special favors or privileges to anyone, whether for remuneration or not; and never accept, for himself or his family, favors or benefits under circumstances which might be construed by reasonable persons as influencing the performance of his governmental duties.

VI. Make no private promises of any kind binding upon the duties of office, since the Government employee has no private word which can be binding on public duty.

VII. Engage in no business with the Government, either directly or indirectly, which is inconsistent with the conscientious performance of his governmental duties.

VIII. Never use any information coming to him confidentially in the performance of governmental duties as a means for making private profit.

IX. Expose corruption wherever discovered.

X. Uphold these principles, ever conscious that public office is a public trust.

 

House Document 103, 86th Congress, 1st Session – Passed by the Congress of the United States on July 11, 1958.

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