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Symposium on Terror Receives High Marks

November 29, 2006

Over two-hundred attendees were present on November 16 for the 2006 Wayne State University Law School’s Law Review symposium, Issues in the War on Terror: Investigations, the Media and Article III Courts. 

Sponsored by The Wayne Law Review, and with the help of the Honorable Gerald Rosen, the day-long symposium drew experts from across the nation to the Law School.  Three panels highlighted issues including the complex interplay between the intelligence community and the media, and how terrorism trials play out in the courts, with the perspectives of federal judges, government prosecutors, and defense attorneys receiving consideration.   Among the speakers were Washington Post reporter Dana Priest; Adam Liptak from The New York Times; the acting general Counsel for the CIA, John Rizzo; Ann Beeson, the associate legal director of the ACLU, and two U.S. District judges, Gerald Rosen and George Steeh.

Students attending the symposium commented on how much they enjoyed the speakers, and the lively, yet respectful debate from all sides of an important issue that will shape our world in the years to come. Law Review editor in chief Gregory Nowakowski commented, “It was important to see people with clearly differing viewpoints speak to each other civilly.  Their responses made me proud to know that conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, people working in government, the newspapers and on the federal bench have the future of our country in thoughtful and intelligent hands.” 

While all three panels were well attended, one panel was off the record; The Law Review will transcribe the other two panels, and there will also be a video version on the Law School’s webpage.

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