Alum who directed congressional panel charged with cutting the federal deficit will speak at College of Law

Mark Prater JD ’84, the staff director of the congressional “super committee” that tried to cut the federal budget last year, will visit the law school on Monday and Tuesday to lecture in classes and participate in a panel discussion called “Balancing the Federal Budget in Tough Times.”

The panel discussion will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Room 201 of the Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center. Also on the panel will be Prof. Jim Hansen from the College of Liberal Arts economics faculty and Oregon House Rep. Vicki Berger, R-Salem. The event is free and open to the public.

Prater will be a guest lecturer in constitutional law and federal income tax classes. Separately, he’ll discuss careers in law and government with law students.

Prater is the top Republican tax staffer in the U.S. Senate. He practiced law in Portland before taking a job with the Senate Finance Committee in 1990 and has worked for Republican leaders on the panel ever since.

The "super committee" was charged with cutting $1.2 trillion from the federal budget deficit but gave up when members couldn’t come to an agreement by last year’s mid-November deadline.

To read a profile of Mark Prater in Willamette Lawyer, click here.