SCW Cultural Arts at Emanuel presents “In Conversation with John Flannery and Joyce Vance”

John Flannery will dialogue with Joyce Vance, moderated by NY1 anchor Errol Louis.

The eighth season of Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts at Emanuel continues on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. with a conversation between John Flannery and Joyce Vance moderated by NY1 anchor Errol Louis.

John P. Flannery II, is a former federal appellate law clerk, NY federal prosecutor, Congressional special counsel, listed in Who’s Who in America, having handled complex civil and criminal matters, and represented clients for 40 years in courts across the nation.

He is a regular guest commentator on television and radio, frequently appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and Ari Melber’s “The Beat,” as well as on CNN. As a former federal prosecutor from New York, he handled widely publicized federal criminal investigations and prosecutions that ran the gamut from securities fraud to a mob prison break. In private practice, Flannery represented all the airlines in the Air Traffic Controllers Strike in 1981 and negotiated a settlement amounting to $28,869,000.

John Flannery will dialogue with Joyce Vance, moderated by NY1 anchor Errol Louis.

Flannery served twice on Capitol Hill. On the Senate side, as special counsel to the U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Flannery investigated Quadaffi’s efforts to subvert American foreign policy, and then as special counsel to the U.S. Senate Labor Committee, he investigated the confirmation hearings of former Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan.

On the House side, Flannery served again as special counsel, investigating the mob’s influence in the Laborers International Union, also their influence on the Teamsters International Union, and he made a nationwide assessment of the “American Worker.” His most challenging assignment on the Hill, however, was his work on the historic impeachment proceedings of President William Jefferson Clinton for the Democratic minority. Mr. Flannery holds undergraduate degrees in Physics from Fordham University, and Industrial Engineering from Columbia as well as a law degree from Columbia School of Law and a Masters Degree in Information Science from GW Graduate Business School.

Flannery’s current litigation practice is both civil and criminal, trial and appellate, federal and state. For more information visit

Joyce Vance
(Photos courtesy of Temple Emanuel in Great Neck)

Joyce White Vance is a distinguished law professor at the Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. School of Law at the University of Alabama.

Vance served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama from 2009 to 2017. She was nominated for that position by President Barack Obama in May of 2009 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in August of 2009.

Vance served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and was the Co-Chair of its Criminal Practice Subcommittee. As U.S. Attorney, she was responsible for overseeing all federal criminal investigations and prosecutions in north Alabama, including matters involving civil rights, national security, cybercrime, public corruption, health care and corporate fraud, violent crime and drug trafficking. She was also responsible for affirmative and defensive civil litigation on behalf of the government and for all federal criminal and civil appeals.

Before becoming U.S. Attorney, Vance served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Birmingham for 18 years. She spent ten years as a criminal prosecutor, before moving to the Appellate Division in 2002. She became the Chief of that Division in 2005. Prior to her work as a federal prosecutor, she spent six years as a litigator in private practice.

Vance received a B.A. from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, magna cum laude, and her law degree from the University of Virginia. Vance was also the 2017 recipient of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health’s Lou Wooster Public Health Hero Award for her leadership in creating a community-engaged initiative that included partners from law enforcement, the medical and business communities, and educators to address the heroin and opioid epidemic in northern Alabama. She is a frequent legal commentator on MSNBC and other news outlets.

Following the dialogue, there will be a Q&A and refreshments.

Tickets are $25 per person or two for $45. For further information about group discounts and to purchase tickets, call (516) 482-5701. Go to to purchase tickets online.

Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane in Great Neck.

Submitted by Mallory Weber


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