Robert B. Fiske, Jr., local attorney, will reflect on major and timely issues based on his long career in private and public practice. He will cover the antitrust suit against the NFL brought by the US Football League, with the lead plaintiff being Donald Trump. In the current public debate, the U.S. has by far the highest rate of prison incarcerations in the world, and he will comment on causes and possible steps for remediation of the problem. Questions can be raised on a number of subjects he has covered, e.g. the Whitewater investigation, the Three Mile Island nuclear plant accident, and recovery of investor losses from the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
Bob was born in Darien and graduated from Yale University and Michigan Law School. He spent his entire private practice with the New York law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. In public service, he was Assistant United States Attorney (1955-57) for the Southern District of New York and then was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District in 1976-1980 where he was successful in many high level prosecutions. In 1994 he was asked by then Atty. Gen. Janet Reno to be the Independent Counsel for the Whitewater investigation. A member of The American College of Trial Lawyers, he served as its president in 1991. Last year he published his memoirs, Prosecutor Defender Counselor.