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‘Fredo’ Gonzales lands new gig in Nashville

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and a copy of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). (Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Former attorney general Alberto Gonzales with a copy of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). (Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS)

Loop Favorite and  former attorney general Alberto “Fredo” Gonzales is on a roll these days. When last we checked in on him a couple years ago, there was good news. Gonzales had had a tough time signing on with a law firm because of his controversial Bush administration actions, things like that race to G.W. Hospital to get ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft to approve a highly questionable domestic surveillance program, the controversial firing of some U.S. attorneys, his approval of “enhanced interrogation techniques.” But he landed a job at a Nashville law firm, Waller Lansden. It wasn’t  a partnership, only an “of counsel” gig, but it was a start.

The new firm describes him thusly on its Web site: “Whether a client has discovered an issue that requires strategic crisis management assistance, or has received a subpoena or search warrant from a government agency, Judge Gonzales is uniquely prepared to deliver sound guidance and representation.”

“Uniquely prepared”? Seems about right.

And there was more good news. Gonzales, who had been teaching at Texas Tech, was headed to a job as a law professor at Nashville’s new law school, Belmont University, which has since gotten provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association.

Wait, there’s more! This week, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) appointed Gonzales to sit on a panel that nominates folks for the state’s appeals courts and the state supreme court. We recall former Texas governor George Bush had appointed Gonzales to his state’s supreme court. So it’s all coming together for Fredo.



Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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