Posted by: Academy of Achievement | 06/01/2012

Travis LeBlanc, Class of 2003
Special Assistant Attorney General
California Department of Justice

I participated in the 2003 International Achievement Summit where I had the opportunity to interact face-to-face with leaders in academia, business, politics, and the law. I had never seen so many trailblazers in one place, and I could only imagine what my fellow student delegates would do in the future.

Travis LeBlanc is Special Assistant Attorney General of California. In this capacity, he oversees the California Department of Justice’s work on technology, high-tech crime, privacy, antitrust, human trafficking, and health care issues. He also advises California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris on significant appellate and constitutional matters. While at the California Department of Justice, he has worked to establish the office’s first high-tech crime unit, secured a global agreement to improve privacy protections in mobile applications, and testified before the state legislature on pending legislation. He has served as California’s liaison to the National Association of Attorneys General and to the Conference of Western Attorneys General. He established the Attorney General’s Honors Program and the Earl Warren Solicitor General Fellowship to hire entry-level attorneys. Last year, he was appointed by the judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to serve as an Appellate Lawyer Representative.

From 2009-2011, he served in the Obama Administration as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the President, Attorney General, and general counsels of executive branch agencies on the constitutionality and legality of the programs and activities of the United States government. There, he worked on a diverse range of issues from executive privilege to federal health care reform to terrorist financing. He previously worked as an attorney at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C. and Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, where his practice concentrated on white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. From 2004-05, he clerked for the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has an A.B. from Princeton University, an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an LL.M. in International Law from the University of Cambridge.

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