Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series with Kevin Powers

Wed, February 26, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Campus Center Theatre on the ground floor
Trixie D'Arcy, Development and Alumni Relations

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Mount Ida and featured speaker at our Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series, Kevin Powers will discuss the notorious and high profile case of Whitey Bulger with special focus on the law enforcement issues that it raised. The lecture is free and open to the general public.

About Kevin Powers
Kevin Powers has served as Division Counsel for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Chicago Field Division since February 2005. Legal advisor for a five state region, including Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota, along with eight federal judicial districts, Mr. Powers also provides legal advice to the Special Agent in Charge and over 400 special agents, task force officers and support staff, on topics such as operational law, Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues, Title III wiretaps, personnel and employment issues, and all criminal and regulatory aspects of Controlled Substances Act.  He also acts as liaison between the DEA Chicago Division and federal and state prosecutors offices in his area of responsibility and he provides on-going training to DEA regarding legal issues.

Prior to working for the DEA, Mr. Powers held a number of significant prosecutorial, defense and criminal justice positions including the City of Chicago Law Department in the Individual Defense Division, Office of the United States Attorney, Northern District of Illinois.

Powers has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and History from Colby, and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law.  Following his formal education, Mr. Powers was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps in October 1992.  In the Navy he served both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney in hundreds of cases and was honorably discharged in September 1996.

About the Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series
The Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 1990 to engage in prominent individuals to provide lectures on selected topics to the Mount Ida community and the community-at-large.  The series is named after dear friends of the College, the late William Steele Wadsworth, a member of the Board of Overseers of the College, and his wife the late Arlene Graham Wadsworth, an alumna of the Class of 1920. Previous Wadsworth Lecture speakers include Arthur R. Miller, Andrew Card and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., to name a few.