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Individual Rights Section - Previous Events

July 30, 2008
Documents Presented at LACBA CLE Program:

What Price: "Justice:" Sentencing the Innocent to Death?

Biographies of Key Speakers

Date: Sunday June 25, 2006
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm

Location: Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90027

Free and open to the general public

The program will focused on the abuses at the Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prisons.

Speakers included: former Guantanamo Bay Army chaplain James Yee, author of "For God and Country," and Dr. Steven Miles, author of "Oath Betrayed: Military Medicine and the War on Terror."

January 17, 2006
Rumsfeld v. FAIR: Military Recruitment, Law Schools, and the Solomon Amendment

Sponsored by: LACBA Individual Rights Section and American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

This program focused on the case argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on 12/6/05 challenging the Solomon Amendment, which deprives educational institutions of all federal funding if they do not give military recruiters access to their students on the same basis that they provide it to other job recruiters -- despite the educational institutions' opposition to the military's "don't ask/don't tell" policy.

Speakers were: Kent Greenfield, Boston College Law School/President of the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR); Dr. John C. Eastman, Chapman University Law School; Brian Chase, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Moderator was Laurie L. Levenson, Loyola Law School.

January 12, 2006
Beyond Orwell: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) - The Ultimate Surveillance Tool.

Panelists explained RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, discussed the manner in which RFID and other surveillance technologies threaten individual privacy rights and presented models for regulating the use of this and other potential surveillance technologies.

Speakers were: John Nockleby, Professor and Director of the Civil Justice Program at Loyola Law School; Lee Tien, Senior Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco; Sean Pak, Senior Associate in the IP, Venture & Technology & Litigation groups at Latham and Watkins. Moderator: Robin Yeager, yeagermediation, Individual Rights Section Executive Committee

June 17, 2005
Is There a Right to Die? End-of-Life Issues After Schiavo

This program explored the legal and ethical issues arising from the difficult choices individuals and society face at the end of life. Topics included physician-assisted suicide, surrogate or proxy decision-making and advance directives, and the role of the courts in these matters.

Speakers were: Lloyd E. Levine, Assembly member, 40th California District and Principal Co-Author, California Compassionate Choices Act (AB 654); Edward P. Lazarus, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Vicki Michel, M.A., J.D., Adjunct Professor, Loyola Law School and Bioethics and Law Consultant Coordinator of the Southern California Bioethics Committee Consortium (UCLA Healthcare Ethics Center); and Susan Cooley, Partner, Oldman, Cooley, Leighton, Sallus, Gold & Birnberg, LLP and past chair of LACBA's Trust and Estates Section. Moderator: Lorraine Lloder, Law Offices of Lorraine Lloder, Individual Rights Section Executive Committee

February 16, 2005
Legal Aspects of the War on Terrorism

Panelists discussed the complex legal aspects of the war on terrorism, including the application of treaties and laws to enemy combatants, the parameters of interrogation techniques and access to U.S. courts. We co-sponsored this program with the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

Speakers were: Neal Sonnett, Chair of the ABA Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants and former president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Kenneth W. Starr, former U.S. Solicitor General and Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine Law School. Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Ethical Advocacy at Loyola Law School, was the moderator.