Paul G. Haaga, Jr. Lecture in Law, Government, and Public Policy

“Women Driving Change through Red Tape: Policymaking in the World’s Biggest Bureaucracy”
featuring Michèle Flournoy, Chief Executive Officer, WestExec Advisors, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012, and m
oderated by CERL Faculty Director Professor Claire Finkelstein 


4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Fitts Auditorium 
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School


As Under Secretary, Ms. Flournoy was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and National Security Council deliberations.

During her time in that position, the United States was debating the formulation of an action plan required by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, a ground-breaking resolution on Women, Peace and Security (“WPS”) adopted to address the under-valued and under-utilized contributions of women as active agents in peace and security.

In this “fireside chat” with Claire Finkelstein, Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Penn, Ms. Flournoy will talk about her experience devising front-line U.S. defense policy, her leadership in security strategy, and her role in developing new U.S. policy in line with domestic and international women, peace, and security efforts.

This lecture has been made possible through the generosity of Paul G. Haaga, Jr. (Penn Law class ’74; The Wharton School ’74) and Heather Haaga. Mr. Haaga chairs the executive board of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL).

This event is free and open to the public. 

This program has been approved for 1.5 ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $60.00 ($30.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.