Names Gov. Keating and Joe Whitley to Chair Advisory Board

November 18, 2014

Brook Arbeitman
Director of Marketing and Communications
Oklahoma City University School of Law
(405) 208-6300

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 18, 2014) – Governor Frank Keating and former General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Joe Whitley will chair the advisory board of Oklahoma City University School of Law’s upcoming Judge Alfred P. Murrah Center for Homeland Security Law and Policy. The Murrah Center will examine the legal and policy issues central to protecting and securing our nation, with a focus on the prevention of domestic terrorism. It will launch formally the weekend of the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, April 17-20, 2015.

The Murrah Center will offer analysis of the legal issues the U.S. Department of Homeland Security faces, including national security, counterterrorism, disaster and crisis management, domestic use of the armed forces, cybersecurity and more. The Center will serve as a voice on domestic security matters for states, towns and municipalities, and provide insight and support to public and private sectors on matters of homeland security.

“The Oklahoma City bombing was one of the worst acts of domestic terrorism in our nation’s history. The Murrah Center enables us to commemorate the victims, honor the citizens who have labored to rebuild our city and work collaboratively with partners to fulfill DHS’s mission of ensuring a ‘homeland that is safe, secure and resilient against terrorism and other hazards,’” said Dean Valerie K. Couch. “Gov. Keating and Joe Whitley have a tremendous amount of expertise in this area, and we are grateful they have agreed to lend their valuable insight and counsel as chairs of our advisory board.”

Gov. Keating served two consecutive terms as Oklahoma’s 25th governor and received national commendation for his handling of the Oklahoma City bombing. He spent three decades in law enforcement and public service as an FBI agent, U.S. attorney and state prosecutor, and Oklahoma House and Senate member. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush tapped Gov. Keating to serve in the treasury and justice departments where he was responsible for all federal criminal prosecutions in the nation and oversaw agencies such as the Secret Service and U.S. Marshals. He currently serves as president and CEO of the American Bankers Association.

President George W. Bush appointed Whitley as the first General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he served for two years before returning to private practice. He has had a wide-ranging career in the Department of Justice. During the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, Whitley served as the Acting Associate Attorney General, the third-ranking position at Main Justice in the Department of Justice. He was appointed by Presidents Reagan and Bush, respectively, to serve as the United States Attorney in the Middle (Macon) and Northern (Atlanta) Federal Districts of Georgia. Throughout his career, Whitley served under five United States Attorneys General and four Presidents in a number of key operational and policy positions. Whitley has chaired the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Homeland Security Law Institute for the past nine years and continues to have a homeland security practice. He is currently a shareholder at Baker Donelson and chairs the firm’s White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Group.

The Murrah Center advisory board will also include:

Harvey Rishikof, Advisory Chair of the American Bar Association National Security Standing Committee
Rear Admiral (retired) James McPherson, Executive Director of the National Association of Attorneys General
The Honorable William S. Sessions, Holland and Knight
The Honorable James Baker, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Major General (retired) John Altenburg, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Susan Ginsberg, Principal at U.S. Civil Security LLP
Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb, State of Oklahoma
The Honorable Tim DeGuisti, District Judge – Western District of Oklahoma
Frank J. Cilluffo, Associate Vice President and Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University
Kari Watkins, Executive Director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
Professor Suzanne Hayden, Henley Putnam University

In collaboration with the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the Murrah Center will host a conference on homeland security April 17-20, 2015. For more information, visit murrahcenter.org.