Please join us on April 15 for this special presentation on civil liberties after 9/11 and the USA Patriot Act.
The keynote speaker is the author of the Patriot Act, Professor Viet Dinh, a former assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush and currently a law professor at Georgetown University. Also present will be Timothy J. Keefer, a chief counsel in the Department of Homeland Security in Washington.
"9/11 will reverberate through our country for decades, perhaps most notably in its impact on civil liberties," says William G. Carter, President of the Oregon State Bar. "It is imperative that we have a dialogue about these issues, and to have the author of such a powerful instrument here to discuss it with Oregonians is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Professor Dinh's speech will be followed by a lively panel discussion about the Act's impact on civil liberties. Panelists include Timothy J. Keefer, Chief Counsel, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Earl Blumenauer, United States Congressman; Karin Immergut, United States Attorney for Oregon; and Charlie Hinkle, a prominent Portland civil rights attorney. Christy George, an award-winning journalist with Oregon Public Broadcasting, will moderate the panel discussion.
Professor Dinh immigrated with his mother and siblings to the U.S. from Vietnam when the Communist Party took control and began its program of reeducation. Professor Dinh's father was not able to join his family in the United States until 8 years after their immigration, due to his imprisonment and "reeducation." Professor Dinh spent much of his youth in Oregon, and even worked here as a berry picker. Professor Dinh graduated from Harvard Law School and clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Dinh also worked for Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation.
The Civil Rights Section of the Oregon State Bar is organizing the event. It is a free CLE presentation and has been approved for 1.75 CLE credits. Attorneys who want CLE credits will need to sign an attendance sheet at the door. If you have questions, please contact Katelyn S. Oldham at firstname.lastname@example.org.