Haiti, Machine Learning, and Ankle Holsters: Reflections on the U.S. Treasury Department in the Late 1990s
with California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
In 1997, as a freshly-minted lawyer, Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar joined the staff of the Treasury Department’s Office of Enforcement. Almost immediately, he was drawn into some of the fascinating issues that Treasury confronted at the time, from the regulation of electronic money to international policing and anti-corruption initiatives. In this talk, he’ll reflect on his years at Treasury and discuss some of the connections between the challenges he encountered at Treasury then and some of the dilemmas facing the world today.
About Justice Cuéllar
Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar began serving on the California Supreme Court in January 2015. His previous career was in public service, university administration, and legal academia, with a focus on administrative, criminal, and international law. A full-time Stanford University faculty member from 2001 to 2015, he was the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science before joining the judiciary. Cuéllar also was Director of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Co-Director of the Institute's Center for International Security and Cooperation, and led university-wide initiatives on global poverty and on cybersecurity. In the federal executive branch, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy at the White House (2009-2010), Co-Chair of the Presidential Transition Task Force on Immigration (2008-2009), and Council Member of the U.S. Administrative Conference (2010-2015), among other positions. Cuéllar is on the boards of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the American Law Institute, and the American Bar Foundation, and leads the California judiciary's Language Access Implementation Task Force. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Cuéllar began his career after law school at the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Enforcement, and clerked for Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A naturalized U.S. citizen born in northern Mexico, he is a graduate of Calexico High School in California's Imperial Valley, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale Law School.