Biographical Sketch: Howard P. Willens, Esq.Catherine Nugent2019-04-24T23:59:18-04:00
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Arbitration: Litigation of domestic contract disputes before AAA tribunals and
disputes involving foreign governments and corporations under ICC and ICSID rules
relating to expropriation of assets and patent infringement.
Appellate: Presented cases on behalf of clients in the U.S. Supreme Court,
Federal Appellate Courts and state courts in Illinois and New Jersey.
Criminal: Representation of U.S. and foreign companies and individuals
before the U.S. Department of Justice, Special Prosecutors, grand juries and courts
involving alleged violations of U.S. criminal laws; internal corporate investigation of
alleged criminal conduct by employees.
Regulatory: Representation of clients before agencies administering U.S.
antitrust, securities, anti-discrimination, automotive safety and emissions, anti-boycott
and consumer protection laws.
International: Representation of the Northern Marianas people in negotiations
with the United States regarding the terms under which they became U.S. citizens and
a commonwealth under U.S. sovereignty (1972-75); consultant to First Northern
Marianas Constitutional Convention (1976) and Third Northern Marianas
Constitutional Convention (1995-96); representation of U.K. agency regarding project
financing in Micronesia.
Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Assisted the head of the Criminal Division in enforcing the
the criminal laws of the U.S. through a staff of about 150
lawyers in Washington and more than 90 U.S. Attorney
offices throughout the U.S.; participation- in major
investigations and appellate arguments involving labor
racketeering and organized crime.
Assistant Counsel, President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Assisted the General Counsel and the Commission in
organizing, staffing and administering the investigation of
the assassination and the writing of the Commission report.
Executive Director, President’s Commission on Crime in the District of Columbia
Supervised a staff of 15 lawyers and other professionals in
a 16-month investigation of the criminal justice system in
the District of Columbia (police, courts, and correctional
institutions) and the preparation of a report on the subject.
EDUCATION Yale Law School (1953-56)
LL.B. degree with honors; Editor, Yale Law Journal; awards in
labor law and international law.
University of Michigan (1950-53)
Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction; Phi Beta Kappa
Stanford University (1949-50)
PROFESSIONAL Board of Trustees, National and Washington Lawyers’
Committees for Civil Rights Under Law (1971-present)
Board of Directors, Council for Court Excellence (1984-88)
Board of Directors, Public Defender Service of the District of
D.C. Committee on Unauthorized Practice (1972-74)
Criminal Justice Planning Board for the District of Columbia
Occasional law school lecturer on criminal law, trial practice and
PUBLICATIONS Co-author (with D.C. Siemer), “The Constitution of the Northern
Mariana Islands: Constitutional Principles and Innovation in a
Pacific Setting,” 65 Georgetown Law Journal 1373 (1977)
Occasional articles on other subjects.
Member of the Illinois, District of Columbia and Commonwealth
of the Northern Mariana Islands bars; admitted to practice before
the U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the
D.C., Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh and Federal
Circuits _ BS _