Law & Order
Washington College traditionally remembers the visionary leadership and civic service of its founding patron by bringing to campus exemplary figures from the public arena. This year, the College will award the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, to Louis Freeh, the high-profile attorney most recently in the news for the investigation of the Penn State sexual abuse scandal and the alleged cover-up by top officials.
A former FBI Special Agent, assistant U.S. attorney and federal judge, Freeh led the Bureau as director from September of 1993 through June of 2001. His tenure included the investigations of Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and Russian spy Robert Hanssen.
This past year the Board of Trustees of Pennsylvania State University hired Freeh and his law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, to conduct an independent investigation of the child sex-abuse scandal centered on former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Some 3.5 million documents and 430 interviews later, Freeh published a scathing rebuke of Penn State’s senior leadership and its failure to protect and care for Sandusky’s young victims .
Freeh, 62, is now a partner at the law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP, and chairs Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC, a business-risk consulting firm he formed in 2007. Prior to creating his law and business firms, he served as General Counsel and Ethics Officer to MBNA Corporation, a bank holding company. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University, Freeh also holds a law degree from Rutgers and earned a master’s degree in criminal law from New York University Law School.
George Washington’s Birthday Convocation gets underway Friday, February 22, at 3:30 p.m. in Decker Theatre of the Gibson Center for the Arts.