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Governor Frank Keating and former General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Joe Whitley will chair the Murrah Center advisory board.

Governor 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.

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The Honorable Joe Whitley was appointed by President George W. Bush 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.

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Marc Jonathan Blitz serves as the Director for the Murrah Center.

Blitz’s scholarship focuses on constitutional protection for freedom of thought and freedom of expression, privacy, and national security law – and especially on how of each of these areas of law applies to emerging technologies. He has written articles on how privacy and First Amendment law should apply to public video surveillance, biometric identification methods, virtual reality technology and library Internet systems.

As an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington D.C., his work focused on telecommunications, privacy law, computer law, intellectual property, constitutional law and anti-terrorism security measures. While working in Washington, he was also one of the reporters for The Constitution Project’s Liberty and Security Initiative, and was one of the drafters of its Guidelines for Public Video Surveillance.

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 Ginsburg, 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

   Kim Carter, Oklahoma Homeland Security Director

   Kerry Pettingill, Former Oklahoma Homeland Security Director & Compliance Manager at Archer Wireline, LLC