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Rod Rosenstein Speaks at the Wharton School About "The Rule of Law" in Mitchell Center Sponsored Talk

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 11:30am

ON FEBRUARY 21, IN A TALK SPONSORED by the Wharton School’s Legal Studies and Business Ethics Lecture Series and the Andrea Mitchell Center, Deputy Attorney General and Wharton alumnus Rod Rosenstein underscored the importance of the rule of law in American life. He quoted presidents of the past to illustrate his points, as well as the current president, who issued a proclamation last year stating, "We govern ourselves in accordance with the rule of law rather [than] … the whims of an elite few or the dictates of collective will. Through law, we have ensured liberty." He focused on the benefits of vigorous and even-handed law enforcement for business and the economy, and only mentioned in passing -- when listing the accomplishments of the Department of Justice during his tenure -- that in his estimation, "elections are more secure, and citizens are better informed about covert foreign influence efforts and schemes to commit fraud, steal intellectual property, and launch cyberattacks." Alluding to criticism of the DOJ and himself, he ended by quoting "legendary Philadelphian Rocky Balboa": “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows…. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward; how much you can take, and keep moving forward… [Y]ou got to be willing to take the hits.”