Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture Featuring Senator Tom Daschle

Friday, October 25, 2013
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law
12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Senator Tom Daschle will be the featured speaker for the 2013 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Pavilion.

"The Affordable Care Act – A New Paradigm For U.S. Health Law"

"There will be legal, administrative, regulatory and legislative challenges for the Affordable Care Act as we enter the critical period of time from October to January as new health marketplaces are created in each of the fifty states. The speech will describe those challenges and provide an analysis of their extraordinary implications for health law in the United States for decades to come."


After serving the United States Air Force as an intelligence officer in the Strategic Air Command, Senator Tom Daschle was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978. In 1986, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming its democratic leader eight years later. He is one of the longest serving Senate democratic leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both majority and minority leader. Today, Senator Daschle is a senior policy advisor to the law firm of DLA Piper.

Since leaving the Senate, he has distinguished his expertise in health care through the publication of Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis and GETTING IT DONE: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform.

Senator Daschle serves on several boards, including the Center for American Progress, Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees, and Blum Center for Developing Economies. He acts as the vice chair of the National Democratic Institute and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, the Energy Future Coalition Steering Committee, and the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health.