PDO Panel/Lunch: Helen Serassio & Professor Darren Bush

PDO Panel/Luncheon: Helen Serassio & Professor Darren Bush


PDO will host a lunchtime panel event on Friday, October 29, from 12:15-1:15 in the Borchard Conference Room.  There will be two panelists, both with experience working as attorneys in the federal government: Helen Serassio, Senior Attorney Advisor for the Department of Transportation-General Counsel’s Office of Operations, and  Professor Darren Bush, University of Houston, formerly of the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.  RSVPs are required, as there are only 20 spots available.  Students will receive a confirmation of their RSVP prior to the lunch.  Bios are listed below.


Professor Darren Bush – Darren Bush is currently a law professor at the University of Houston.  He writes and lectures on antitrust law & economics and regulated and deregulating industries with particular focus on electricity markets.  Professor Bush received his J.D. (1998) and a Ph.D. (1995) in economics from the University of Utah, where he received a Teaching Fellowship, the Graduate Research Fellowship, and an award for outstanding teaching. While completing his J.D., he consulted on issues regarding state deregulation of electric utilities, interned at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, taught various economics courses, and received a Marriner S. Eccles Fellowship in Political Economy.  After graduating from law school, Professor Bush worked in the U.S. Attorney General’s Honor Program as a trial attorney at the Antitrust Division’s Transportation, Energy, & Agriculture Section.  There, he focused on the investigation of mergers and anticompetitive conduct in wholesale and retail energy markets. In 2001 Professor Bush returned to Utah as a Visiting Associate Professor, where he taught antitrust, law & economics, business organizations, and professional responsibility and consulted on numerous antitrust matters.   



Helen Serassio- Helen Serassio is a senior attorney advisor at the Department of Transportation in the General Counsel’s Office of Operations.  She has worked at the Department for 10 years and for the past eight years she has been the lead environmental lawyer in the General Counsel’s Office where she advises the Office of the Secretary on environmental issues and natural resources issues. She works with Modal administrations to resolve inter- and intra-agency environmental conflicts and represents the Department on various on inter- and intra-agency concerns involving environmental matters. Her areas of expertise include the National Environmental Policy Act, 4(f), Climate Change, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species, Indian Law, Environmental Justice, and Historic Preservation. In addition, she created the Department of Transportation’s Pro Bono Program and chairs the Department’s Pro Bono Committee.