George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley will deliver the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Friedman & Gilbert Criminal Justice Forum lecture at 5 p.m. on October 2 in the Moot Court Room of the law school, Located at the corner of East 18th Street and Euclid Avenue.
His lecture, The Body Count Culture: Evaluating the Bush Administration’s Record of Terrorism Prosecution, is approved for one free hour of CLE credit.
Turley's authority on matters of constitutional law, criminal defense law, military law, environmental law and tort law has earned him a national reputation, both as a scholar and as a litigator. His experience in defending dissidents and accused terrorists will provide the background for his Cleveland-Marshall lecture.
In 1994, he sued the U.S. Air Force and the EPA on behalf of workers in Area 51, the U.S. Air Force's secret Nevada airbase and testing ground, alleging deadly exposure to illegal and toxic chemicals. In 1997, he challenged black bag operations authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He also served as counsel in a variety of national security and terrorism cases, including the defense of Dr. Ali Al-Timimi, convicted in Virginia in 2005 of violent speech against the United States, and Dr. Sami Al-Arian, accused of being the American leader of a terrorist organization while he was a university professor in Florida.
Turley is George Washington University’s J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, the Director of the University’s Environmental Law Advocacy Center and the Executive Director of the University’s Project for Older Prisoners. He is the author of three books and over 30 articles in leading academic journals—articles examining issues as diverse as inequality in the District of Columbia's partial Congressional representation, ownership and control of Presidential papers, expansion of the U.S. Supreme Court, the erosion of executive privilege in the Clinton administration, and the retention of sovereign immunity in military governance.
He is frequently called upon to write for and speak to media on issues of constitutionality, including the Clinton impeachment trial, the 2000 Presidential election and Supreme Court nominees. His BA is from the University of Chicago; his JD is from Northwestern University School of Law.
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law offers a comprehensive curriculum in criminal jurisprudential studies, including 13 courses in the field, Moot Court opportunities and externships in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s office and in other criminal law settings. Students who wish to focus on criminal law in depth may earn a certificate in the Criminal Law Concentration, which helps prepare students to represent or prosecute individuals, corporations and institutions accused of criminal activities, including crimes against persons, property and society.
In its first 10 years, The Criminal Justice Forum series of public lectures and special events has brought together criminal justice scholars, criminologists, criminal law practitioners, psychologists and sociologists to discuss contemporary issues in criminal law practice and teaching. Past speakers include Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, the Hon. James Robertson, the Hon. Louis Stokes, David Cole, the Hon. Ellen Barry, Deborah Denno and Scott Turow.
For more information on Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and special events, visit www.law.csuohio.edu or call 216.687.6886.
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