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Wayne Law Review symposium to reflect on legal ramifications of 9/11

January 06, 2011

DETROIT (Jan. 6, 2011) – The Wayne Law Review is pleased to host its upcoming symposium, “9/11 and the legal landscape: A decade later,” 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, in Wayne Law’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

The symposium addresses some of the major legal issues presented by the Sept. 11 attacks. Specifically, it will explore the role of executive power and counterterrorism efforts, privatization of military operations, the intersection of counterterrorism efforts and civil liberties, and the legal ramifications of Guantanamo.

Jeffrey Rosen, law professor at George Washington University and legal affairs editor of The New Republic, will serve as the keynote speaker. Rosen’s most recent book is The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America. He also is the author of The Most Democratic Branch, The Naked Crowd and The Unwanted Gaze, which The New York Times called “the definitive text in privacy perils in the digital age.”

The symposium will be divided into three panel sessions featuring a number of renowned legal experts. (A full symposium schedule is available at the end of this release.)

“National security and civil liberties are key issues here in the metro Detroit community as many of our residents are of various nationalities and ethnicities,” said Elizabeth Kruman, Law Review executive articles editor. “In addition, we’re located on the busiest U.S. international trade border and have been home to a number of landmark national security decisions such the ‘Keith Case.’ We are excited to bring to Detroit a large number of experts with varying perspectives to discuss important legal issues raised in a post-9/11 world.”

Added Louis F. Meizlish, Law Review editor-in-chief, “We wanted the attendees at this symposium to represent divergent views on national security and civil liberties. We are honored by the fact that this year’s participants will include not only prominent academics, but also well-respected legal practitioners including the former general counsel to the Central Intelligence Agency, the chief federal prosecutor and chief judge in Detroit, and noted civil rights and privacy advocates.”

The symposium, which is presented with the generous assistance of the Cohn family and the Wayne State University Dean of Students Office, is free and open to the public. To register for this event, visit http://events.wayne.edu/rsvp/wayne-law-review-annual-symposium/#rsvp or call (313) 577-8032. Contact Kruman at lawreviewarticles@wayne.edu for more information.

“I'm thrilled to welcome these nationally recognized experts to Wayne Law,” said Gregory Fox, Wayne Law professor and Law Review symposium advisor. “We’re looking forward to terrific discussion.”

Parking is available for $4.75 in parking structure #1 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street.

Symposium Schedule

8 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast

8:40 a.m. – Welcome remarks
Dean Robert M. Ackerman, Wayne State University Law School

9 a.m. – Introduction
Professor Paul Dubinsky, Wayne State University Law School

9:30 a.m. – Keynote address
Professor Jeffrey Rosen, George Washington University Law School

10:45 a.m. – Panel 1: Rethinking executive power and counterterrorism
Moderator: Professor Gregory Fox, Wayne State University Law School

  • Associate Professor Heidi Kitrosser, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Professor Robert Turner, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Joshua Dratel, founder and president of the Law Offices of Joshua L. Dratel PC
  • Professor Jules Lobel, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

12:30 p.m. – Lunch lecture: Private contractor liability and the outsourcing of military operations
Spike Bowman, former Senior Executive Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and former deputy, National Counterintelligence Executive

2 p.m. – Panel II: Civil liberties and counterterrorism
Moderator: Professor Brad Roth, Wayne State University Law School

  • Barbara McQuade, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center
  • Susan Ginsburg, nonresident fellow of the Migration Policy Institute
  • Kary L. Moss, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan

3:45 p.m. ­– Panel III: Guantanamo and beyond
Moderator: Chief Judge Gerald Rosen, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

  • Andrew McCarthy, contributing editor, National Review Online
  • Associate Professor Jonathan Hafetz, Seton Hall Law School
  • Bill Goodman, partner at Goodman and Hurwitz
  • John Rizzo, senior counsel at Steptoe and Johnson LLP and former chief legal officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

5:15 p.m. – Closing remarks, adjournment and reception

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