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  Preeta D. Bansal

Preeta Bansal is the former Solicitor General of the State of New York, a position she held in New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's administration. As Solicitor General, Ms. Bansal argued cases in the United States Supreme Court, the en banc Second Circuit, and the New York State Court of Appeals on behalf of New York State.

During her tenure, the New York Attorney General's Office and she received the "Best United States Supreme Court Brief" award from the National Association of Attorneys General in 1999 for the first time, and then repeated this accomplishment in each subsequent year of her leadership. She directly supervised 45 lawyers in the Solicitor General's Office who filed 40 to 50 appellate briefs each week, and she helped oversee and coordinate the significant legal positions of the 600 lawyers in the Attorney General’s Office. She initiated major internal reforms and engaged in extensive attorney recruitment as well as outreach to federal and state judges in New York. She played a principal role in helping Attorney General Spitzer articulate a basis for a proactive enforcement role for state attorneys general nationwide in the wake of the Supreme Court's “new federalism” jurisprudence. She led and participated in national working groups on issues of state law preemption, First Amendment and federalism, and served as appellate counsel of record for all states in the Microsoft litigation, including in the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to her appointment as New York Solicitor General, Ms. Bansal practiced intellectual property and media law in New York City and Washington, D.C. She engaged in an active First Amendment and copyright litigation practice for major media companies, book publishers and entertainment companies, and represented the recording and motion picture industries as significant amici in several matters in the United States Supreme Court, including in Quality King v. L'Anza (reimportation right under copyright law) and 2 Live Crew v. Acuff-Rose (fair use for parodies). She also served in the Clinton Administration (1993-1996) as Counselor to Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein (Antitrust Division) in the U.S. Department of Justice and as Special Counsel in the White House. While in the Antitrust Division, she supervised investigations in the computer, media and entertainment industries, and helped implement the antitrust/intellectual property guidelines. As Special Counsel in the White House, she focused on the President's nominations and confirmations of Supreme Court and federal appeals court judges.

Ms. Bansal has been profiled in many national news and legal publications, including The New York Times and the New York Law Journal, in which she has been referred to as "one of the most gifted lawyers of her generation, who combines a brilliant analytical mind with solid, mature judgment." A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa of Harvard-Radcliffe College, she served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and to then-Chief Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Ms. Bansal is a regular speaker and lecturer on intellectual property and constitutional law issues in the United States and abroad. She has appeared as a commentator on legal issues and U.S. Supreme Court matters on CNN, CSPAN, and PBS news programs, and has authored and co-authored pieces published in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, and the Villanova Law Review, among other publications. In 1996, she traveled to Uganda at the request of the former U.S. Register of Copyrights to assist in the drafting of that nation's copyright laws.

In May 2003, Ms. Bansal was appointed a Commissioner on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom by Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle. The nine-member, independent, bipartisan federal commission advises the President, the Secretary of State, and the Congress on human rights abroad and U.S. foreign policy.

Ms. Bansal is a past Trustee of the Harvard Law School Association of New York City. She has served as Vice-Chair of the Database Committee of the ABA Section on Intellectual Property Law, as a steering committee member of the public education initiative of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and as a member of the Communications and Media Law Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York. She currently serves on the boards of several national non-profit organizations. She has taught constitutional law and First Amendment law, and served as a public policy fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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Preeta Bansal is the former Solicitor General of the State of New York, a position she held in New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's administration. As Solicitor General, Ms. Bansal argued cases in the United States Supreme Court, the en banc Second Circuit, and the New York State Court of Appeals on behalf of New York State.

During her tenure, the New York Attorney General's Office and she received the "Best United States Supreme Court Brief" award from the National Association of Attorneys General in 1999 for the first time, and then repeated this accomplishment in each subsequent year of her leadership . . . full bio

2005
Religious Freedom in U.S. Foreign Policy
Library: Miscelleneous
Speaker(s): Preeta D. Bansal
Date: 07-15-2005
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