The Work of the Warren Commission: Objectives, Process, Issues and Findings


Featuring Assistant Counsel and Staff Who Served on the Warren Commission

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Methodist University
Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom – Umphrey Lee Center
3300 Dyer Street, Dallas, TX 75205


Presented by the SMU Dedman School of Law, the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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.

Panelists include:

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

The program panels will be moderated by William J. Bridge, Associate Professor of Law, SMU, and Sarah R. Saldana, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Tickets are free but advance registration is required as seating is limited. Reserve tickets online at by October 9, 2013. For more information call 214.768.3954 or email

Parking information will be distributed with registration.

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