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WSSU Hosts Renowned Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

February 3, 2011
Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has invited Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Kevin Powers, currently the division counsel for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago Field Division, for an intensive week-long visit February 7-11, 2011.

Powers will conduct a variety of sessions for the students and faculty at the university with a special emphasis on the School of Business and Economics and the Department of Social Sciences.  His topics will include a research forum on the role of a government attorney, a seminar on professional ethics, and a panel discussion on crime and the capitalist system.

“Mr. Powell is providing our students with the opportunity to meet with someone who has a deep knowledge of a variety of legal issues which should help to create a better understanding and new connections between the academic and the nonacademic worlds,” said Stephanie E. Joseph, assistant professor of business law at WSSU. “We are delighted that he will also have time to get to know our campus and to explore in depth how the classroom and campus relate to the broader society.”

Powers has held his current position since February 2005 and serves as the DEA’s in-house legal advisor for a five state region, which includes eight federal judicial districts.  He provides legal advice to the special agent in charge as well as over 400 special agents, task force officers and support staff on topics such as operational law, 4th and 5th Amendment issues, Title III wiretaps, employment issues and all criminal and regulatory aspects of the Controlled Substances Act.  He also acts as liaison between the DEA Chicago Division and federal and state prosecutors offices and provides on-going training to the DEA regarding legal issues.

Prior to joining the DEA, Powers was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he served both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney in hundreds of cases.  He entered the Navy after he earned an undergraduate degree from Colby College and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informational discussions.  For 35 years, the Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community and achievement.  The Visiting Fellows program is available to all four-year colleges and universities.

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