Release Date: Oct. 20, 2011
Former Attorney General to Address Homeland Security Issues at ASU
Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will speak on “Understanding the National Security Lessons of 9/11” Tuesday, Oct. 25, as part of the Center for Security Studies (CSS) Speaker Series at Angelo State University.
The talk is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center at 1910 Rosemont. Jointly sponsored by the CSS and ASU’s Multicultural Center, the talk is open free to the public.
Gonzales will be introduced by retired U.S. Air Force Col. Lou Ortiz, who was assigned to the Pentagon on 9/11. Ortiz currently serves as special assistant to the president and assistant vice president for research-federal relations at Texas Tech University, where he develops and maintains research relationships with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies and independent organizations.
A native Texan, Gonzales earned a bachelor’s degree from Rice University and then received a law degree from Harvard School of Law in 1982. He worked 12 years in private practice with the Houston law firm Vinson and Elkins. In 1994, Gov. George W. Bush selected him for the post of general counsel. Gonzales later served as Texas secretary of state and as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court.
Gonzales then worked for President Bush as his White House counsel, beginning in 2001. He also served President Bush as special adviser on border issues and relations with Mexico. Bush subsequently nominated Gonzales to the post of U.S. attorney general, a position he held from 2005 until his resignation in 2007.
The former attorney general currently works as a visiting professor at Texas Tech University.