The main topic in the nation’s capital this week? President Obama’s first nomination to the Supreme Court. Every newspaper in America has been covering the story, the political maneuvering has been going on for weeks, the battle lines have been drawn — and the hearings are beginning this week.
Twenty-four next generation students joined us for a Master Class with Tom Korologos, the man widely known in Washington as the guru of the Senate confirmation process, to discuss the inside game that goes on when a President sends a Supreme Court nominee to the Hill, when the Senate finally gets to weigh in on it. The immediate past Ambassador to Belgium, Amb. Korologos has shepherded the nominations of over 400 nominees — including four Supreme Court justices, as well as U.S. Ambassadors, Secretaries of State and many other officials — through the Senate over the years.
This amazing class — led by one of our frequent Master Class leaders, Tom Korologos — was yet another Master Class hosted by a generous friend of the Next Generation Initiative, and Tom’s old friend from the opposite side of the aisle, Manny Rouvelas, at the Washington offices of K&L Gates.
A Master Class with
One of Washington’s most influential “wise men,” Tom Korologos has served as a senior staff member in the U.S. Congress, as an assistant to two Presidents in the White House, during the Nixon and Ford administrations, as president of the Washington lobbying powerhouse Timmons & Company — and most recently during the Bush administration as a senior counselor with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, and as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium from 2004 to 2007.
Tom Korologos served in the Nixon and Ford presidential administrations from 1971 to 1975, and worked closely with Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. The U.S. Senate confirmations in which Tom Korologos played a leading role include assisting the nominations of Vice President Rockefeller, Vice President Ford, Supreme Court Justices William Rehnquist and Antonin Scalia and nominee Robert Bork, as well as several cabinet secretaries, including Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, and Donald Rumsfeld.
Tom Korologos first came to Washington in 1962 to work for Sen. Wallace F. Bennett of Utah. Before that, Tom Korologos started out as a journalist with the New York Herald Tribune, the Long Island Press, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Associated Press. He was a U.S. Air Force officer from 1956 to 1957. Tom Korologos earned his B.A. at the University of Utah and in 1958, an M.S. degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he received a Pulitzer Fellowship.
A second generation Greek American, Tom Korologos’ parents came from Arcadia, in the Peloponnese, to Utah, where his father worked as a bartender. Tom is married to Ann McLaughlin Korologos, who served as Secretary of Labor in the Reagan administration, and is the father of actress Paula Cale.
Tom Korologos is a frequent Master Class leader for the Next Generation Initiative.
Emanuel (“Manny”) Rouvelas founded the Washington, DC office of Preston Gates, opening the firm’s offices in Washington, D.C. in 1973 as the sole attorney. Manny guided the office’s growth to more than 140 partners and employees at the time it was merged into K&L Gates on January 1, 2007. He is consistently ranked as one of the country’s top lawyers and lobbyists. In 2008, he was recognized by the Legal Times as a “legal visionary” and one of the “greatest Washington Lawyers of the past 30 years” who helped turn Washington, DC’s legal and lobbying community into an international powerhouse. Five times, from 2005-2010, he was named one of the fifty “Top Lobbyists” (out of 12,000) by The Hill newspaper based on a survey of Members of Congress and staff.
As a partner at K&L gates, Manny Rouvelas engages in a wide-ranging federal counseling and lobbying practice, acting as lead counsel advising and representing Fortune 500 companies and trade associations in the transportation, telecommunications, high-tech and other industries. Manny Rouvelas is a recognized authority in ocean shipping law and for three decades has advised the CEOs of many of the world’s leading shipping companies.
Manny Rouvelas has served as an advisor to two U.S. presidential transitions, a bipartisan Congressional Caucus, an executive branch reorganization, and several senators and congressmen. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Manny Rouvelas was counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce and chief counsel to its Merchant Marine and Foreign Commerce Subcommittees.
Manny Rouvelas is a Director of the American Friends of the New Acropolis Museum and a lifetime Trustee and former Vice Chairman of the American College of Greece in Athens.
Manny Rouvelas is a frequent Master Class leader for the Next Generation Initiative.