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Pittsburgh Speakers Series

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Pittsburgh Speakers Series presented by Robert Morris University will continue its 2014-15 season Wednesday night with a talk by former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. His talk takes place at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Heinz Hall in the downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District and is open to Pittsburgh Speakers Series subscribers.

Sworn in just one week before the September 11 attacks, Mueller led the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 12 years until stepping down last year, making his the longest term for an FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover. A former officer in the Marines, Mueller led a rifle platoon in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Following his military service, Mueller worked for 12 years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, first in San Francisco, where he became chief of its criminal division, then as an assistant U.S. attorney in Boston, where he investigated and prosecuted terrorism and public corruption cases as well as narcotics conspiracies and international money laundering cases.

After some time as a partner in a private Boston firm, in 1989 Mueller became an assistant to Attorney General (and former Pennsylvania governor) Richard Thornburg. He took charge of the Justice Department's criminal division the following year, overseeing high profile prosecutions including Panama dictator Manuel Noriega, the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie bombing, and the mafia trial of John Gotti. He was senior litigator in the homicide section of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C., then U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California from 1998 until 2001, when he was nominated to be the director of the FBI.

Mueller received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree in international relations from New York University, and a law degree from the University of Virginia. Mueller now is executive-in-residence of Georgetown University and consulting professor and distinguished lecturer at Stanford University. In September, the NFL appointed Mueller to conduct an independent review of the league’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic abuse incident. He and his wife, Ann, have two daughters.