Viet D. Dinh (Vietnamese: Đinh Đồng Phụng Việt; born February 22, 1968) is a lawyer who served as the Assistant Attorney General of the United States from 2001 to 2003, under the presidency of George W. Bush. Vietnamese ( tiếng Việt, or less commonly Việt ngữ) formerly known under French colonization as Annamese ( see Annam) Events 1495 - King Charles VIII of France enters Naples to claim the city's throne Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Many of the divisions and offices of the United States Department of Justice are headed by an Assistant Attorney General. George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. Born in Saigon, South Vietnam, he was the chief architect of the USA PATRIOT Act. "RVN" redirects here RVN is also the former callsign of a TV station in Wagga Wagga New South Wales Australia The USA PATRIOT Act, commonly known as the Patriot Act, is a controversial Act of Congress that U
Dinh was born on February 22, 1968 in Saigon, South Vietnam. Events 1495 - King Charles VIII of France enters Naples to claim the city's throne Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. "RVN" redirects here RVN is also the former callsign of a TV station in Wagga Wagga New South Wales Australia Dinh and his family emigrated to the United States to escape oppressive campaigns from the communist government of Vietnam in 1978. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Vietnam (ˌviːɛtˈnɑːm Việt Nam) officially They initially settled in Portland, Oregon, but moved to Fullerton, California two years later. Portland is a city located in the Northwestern United States, near the Confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers Fullerton is a City located in northern Orange County, California, United States.
Dinh graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1990 with an A. Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an Academic degree was earned B. in Government and Economics. He then attended Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshal, an Olin Research Fellow in Law and Economics, and Bluebook editor of the Harvard Law Review, and graduated magna cum laude in 1993. Harvard Law School (also known as Harvard Law or HLS) is one of the professional Graduate schools of Harvard University. The Harvard Law Review is a journal of legal scholarship published by an independent student group at Harvard Law School.
After graduating from law school, Dinh served as a law clerk to Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Laurence Hirsch Silberman (born October 12, 1935) is a senior Federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit The United States courts of appeals (or circuit courts) are the intermediate appellate courts Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judicial body in the United States and leads the federal judiciary. Sandra Day O'Connor (born March 26, 1930) is an American Jurist.
Dinh has served as Associate Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Whitewater Committee, as Special Counsel to Senator Pete V. Domenici for the Impeachment Trial of President Clinton, and as counsel to the Special Master in In re Austrian and German Bank Holocaust Litigation. The Senate Whitewater Committee was a special committee convened by the United States Senate during the Clinton administration to investigate the Whitewater scandal Pietro Vichi "Pete" Domenici (born May 7, 1932) is an American politician currently serving as a Republican Senator Former President of the United States Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19, 1998 William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19 1946 served as the forty-second President of the United States The Holocaust (from the Greek el ''ὁλόκαυστον'' (el-Latn holókauston holos, "completely" and kaustos, "burnt" also known as
He is a member of the District of Columbia and U. S. Supreme Court bars.
In late 2003, he was one of a group of prominent U. S. security officials hired by ChoicePoint to advise the company on developing its U. ChoicePoint ( is a data aggregation company based in Alpharetta, near Atlanta Georgia, United States that acts as a private intelligence service to government and S. Government homeland security contracts.
Dinh currently serves on the boards of the News Corporation, Liberty’s Promise, the American Judicature Society, the Transition Committee for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Section on National Security Law of the Association of American Law Schools, and the ABA Section on Administrative Law. News Corporation (often abbreviated to News Corp) (,,) is one of the world's largest media conglomerate companies by Market capitalisation The American Judicature Society ( AJS) (founded 1913 is an independent nonpartisan national organization of judges lawyers and interested members of the public whose mission California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger ( German ˌaɐnɔlt aloʏs ˈʃvaɐtsənɛɡɐ born July 30 1947 is an Austrian American Bodybuilder, Actor The Association of American Law Schools ( AALS) is a Non-profit organization of 170 Law schools in the United States. The American Bar Association ( ABA) founded August 21 1878 is a voluntary Bar association of Lawyers and law students which is not specific
He currently resides in Washington, D.C., teaches at Georgetown University Law Center, and is the principal at Bancroft Associates PLLC. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D Georgetown University Law Center ( Georgetown Law) is Georgetown University 's Law school, located in Washington D In 2006 he joined Kenneth Starr in challenging the constitutionality of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Kenneth Winston Starr (born July 21, 1946) is an American Lawyer and former judge who was appointed to the Office of the Independent Counsel The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 ( also known as the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002 and commonly called SOX or Sarbox
His representative publications include Defending Liberty: Terrorism and Human Rights in the Helsinki Monitor, Codetermination and Corporate Governance in a Multinational Business Enterprise in the Journal of Corporation Law, and Financial Sector Reform and Economic Development in Vietnam in Law and Policy in International Business. He is also the author of Judicial Authority and Separation of Powers (forthcoming).
In September of 2006 Dinh received publicity for Thomas J. Perkins case, the former HP director who set off a firestorm in Hewlett-Packard’s boardroom. Perkins was one of his clients who was involved in the HP pretexting scandal. The emails between Perkins and Larry Sonsini, a corporate lawyer involved with Board of Directors decisions for many Corporations were ventually forwarded to reporters and became public. A corporation is a separate legal entity usually used to conduct business 
Dinh is also on the board of directors of News Corporation with Rupert Murdoch and Tom Perkins. 
Dinh served as Assistant Attorney General of the United States from 2001 to 2003, under the presidency of George W. Bush. He was confirmed in the Senate by a vote of 96 to 1, with the sole No vote coming from Hillary Clinton.  As the official responsible for federal legal policy, Dinh worked with issues of illicit drugs, racial profiling in federal law enforcement, exploitation of children, human trafficking, DNA technology, gun violence, and civil and criminal justice procedural reform. The term narcotic (ναρκωτικός is believed to have been coined by the Greek physician Galen to refer to agents that benumb or deaden causing loss Racial profiling is the inclusion of racial or ethnic characteristics in determining whether a person is considered likely to commit a particular type of crime or Human trafficking is the recruitment transportation harbouring or receipt of people for the purposes of slavery forced labor (including bonded labor or debt bondage and servitude Deoxyribonucleic acid ( DNA) is a Nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known Gun violence is the broadly defined category of Violence and Crime committed with the use of a Firearm; it does not include the safe lawful use of firearms Dinh was also involved in the selection and confirmation of 100 district and 23 appellate judges in his role representing the DOJ. In the United States the title of federal judge usually refers to a Judge appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States The United States courts of appeals (or circuit courts) are the intermediate appellate courts For animal rights group see Justice Department (JD The United States Department of Justice ( DOJ) is a Cabinet department After 9/11, Dinh conducted a comprehensive review of DOJ priorities, policies and practices, and played a key role in developing the USA PATRIOT Act and revising the Attorney General's Guidelines, which govern federal law enforcement activities and national security investigations. The USA PATRIOT Act, commonly known as the Patriot Act, is a controversial Act of Congress that U
Dinh is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Georgetown University Law Center ( Georgetown Law) is Georgetown University 's Law school, located in Washington D His expertise lies in constitutional law, corporations law, and the law and economics of development. Constitutional law is the study of foundational or basic Laws of nation states and other political organizations Corporate law (also "company" or "corporations" law is the Law of the most dominant kind of business enterprise in the modern world He is also currently Co-Director of the Asian Law & Policy Studies Program. He previously served as Co-Director of the Joint Program in Law and Business Administration, from 1998–99.
His family was separated in 1975 when his father, Phong Dinh, was imprisoned in a re-education camp after the fall of Saigon. The Fall of Saigon (in Vietnamese: Sự kiện 30 tháng 4 - April 30 Incident; Giải phóng miền Nam - The liberation of the south His father was being held as a political prisoner in the family's war-ravaged homeland. A political prisoner is someone held in Prison or otherwise detained perhaps under House arrest, for his or her involvement in political activity He escaped in 1978, and remained a fugitive in Vietnam, when his mother, Nga Thu Nguyễn, and his older siblings got on a boat with 85 other people and set out. (ŋwjěʔn in Vietnamese approximated as /wɪn/ in English is the most common Vietnamese family name. For 12 days Dinh was in a broken 15-foot-long boat with no food or water as they encountered a Thai fishing crew that gave them food and gas, and helped fix the boat and pointed them toward land. The Kingdom of Thailand (ˈtaɪlænd ราชอาณาจักรไทย, râːtɕʰa-ʔaːnaːtɕɑ̀k-tʰɑj When they reached Malaysia, they found only to be met by gunshots from a patrol boat; the Malaysians didn't want them. For the biogeographical region see Malesia Malaysia (məˈleɪʒə or /məˈleɪziə/ is a country that consists of thirteen states and Their boat docked but Dinh's mother realized that the port police would force them to leave the next morning, so she sneaked back out to the boat alone that night with an axe and damaged the boat so as not to be sent back on it. The axe, or ax, is an implement that has been used for millennia to shape split and cut Wood, Harvest timber, as a Weapon After six months as refugees in Malaysia, Dinh's family made it to Oregon in November 1978. They picked strawberries for menial wages, sending money back to Dinh's father and a sibling hiding out in Vietnam. Garden strawberries are a common variety of strawberry cultivated worldwide After Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, the crop damage forced his family to relocate to Fullerton. Mount St Helens is an active Stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States
Dinh was honored by his high school alma mater when he was added to Fullerton's wall of fame. Alma mater is Latin for "nourishing mother" It was used in Ancient Rome as a title for the mother Goddess, and in Medieval He will share that wall with an ideological opposite, David Boies, former Vice President Al Gore's lawyer for the Florida recount. David Boies (born March 11, 1941) is a Lawyer and Chairman of Boies Schiller & Flexner. __FORCETOC__ For the Vice President of the United States, their roles and other information see Vice President of the United States. Albert Arnold Gore Jr (born March 31 1948 is an American environmental Activist, author Businessperson, former Politician, and former The Florida election recount of 2000 was a period of vote re-counting that occurred following the unclear results of the 2000 United States presidential election between
Dinh was reunited with his father in 1983. In 1992, he was reunited with one of his sisters at a refugee camp in Hong Kong, a meeting filmed by the newsmagazine show Dateline NBC. A refugee camp is a temporary camp built by a government the United Nations, international organizations (such as the Red Cross) or NGOs to receive Hong Kong ( officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is a territory located on China 's south coast on the Pearl River Delta, and borders A newsmagazine, also spelled news magazine, is usually a weekly Magazine featuring articles or segments on current events Dateline NBC, or Dateline, is a US weekly television Newsmagazine broadcast by NBC similar to ABC 's
Dinh was mentioned as a potential nominee to The Supreme Court of the United States in a Republican administration. Speculation abounded over potential nominations to the Supreme Court of the United States by George W The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judicial body in the United States and leads the federal judiciary.