The Work of the Warren Commission Half a Century On: Its Methods, Successes & Questions

Featuring Assistant Counsel and Staff who Served on the Warren Commission

Friday, October 11, 2013 (12:30 PM – 4:30 PM)
The Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center (map)

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The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy—known as the Warren Commission—was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson on November 29, 1963.  The Commission’s findings were submitted to President Johnson on September 24, 1964, and have been debated ever since.

This unprecedented panel convenes several members of the Warren Commission staff to discuss their roles on the Commission and how the experience affected their professional lives.  The attorneys will address the behind-the-scenes, daily work of the Commission and the decision-making processes that led to their controversial 888 pages of findings.

The program will be divided into two panels that will examine the composition of the Commission, its goals, obstacles faced, the role of later investigations and a look back at the Commission’s work after five decades.


Warren Commission Assistant Counsel
 Judge Burt W. Griffin
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Warren Commission Staff Member
Justice Richard M. Mosk
California Court of Appeal

Warren Commission Staff Member
Justice Stuart R. Pollak
California Court of Appeal

Warren Commission Assistant Counsel
Professor W. David Slawson
University of Southern California School of Law

Warren Commission Assistant Counsel
Howard P. Willens
Formerly of the United States Department of Justice and Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering


Lackland H. Bloom, Jr.
Professor, SMU Dedman Law School

Chris Jenks
Professor, SMU Dedman Law School

Dennis Simon
Professor, SMU Department of Political Science

Tom Stone
Professor, SMU Department of English

Jay Vogelson
Dallas lawyer and member of the Warren Commission staff

The program panels will be moderated by

William J. Bridge
Associate Professor of Law, SMU

Sarah R. Saldana
United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas

(Event parking for guests is available along Bishop Boulevard.)

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