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Title: Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series XVII. Ongoing Career
Collection Number: AIS.1998.30.17
Creator: Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-

Collection Dates: 1993-
Extent: 59.5 linear feet

Language: English

In May 1993 Dick Thornburgh returned to Washington, rejoining Kirkpatrick & Lockhart as counsel in their Washington office. That role has enabled Thornburgh to devote time to clients, and yet retain the opportunity to pursue outside interests and challenges which have been many and varied. For example, his foreign trips include visits to Taiwan, Russia, and several to Hong Kong, regarding the rule of law. Trips to Guatemala (regarding governmental corruption), to Nigeria (regarding federalism, interstate relations and other governance issues), and to Buenos Aires (on fighting corruption) are also well documented. Other trips abroad concern his continued dedication to the rights of persons with disabilities. Major challenges include, for example, his appointment as Examiner in the WorldCom bankruptcy proceedings, the largest ever filed, and his choice in 2004 by CBS to conduct an investigation into the “60 Minutes Wednesday” segment on President Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard. During the 1990s he embarked upon a new mini-career on television as a legal commentator on subjects such as the O.J. Simpson case, and President Clinton issues. One constructive by-product of the horrific September 11 attacks on the World Trade Towers was a review for the National Academy of Public Administration of FBI plans for reorganization, a task force that Thornburgh was asked to chair, and additional service as a member of the FBI Director’s Advisory Board. The Ongoing Career files are in eight sections: Speeches and Testimony, Transcripts, Foreign Trips, Events, Professional and Civic Work, Media Interviews, Correspondence, and Articles and Issues. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.