May 19, 2004 Terrorism is Topic of Second Annual Holmes Debates to Be Held at the Library of Congress on June 14

Justice Department Officials to Debate Leading Scholars

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The Library of Congress will host the second annual Holmes Debates from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, June 14, in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The event, which focuses on terrorism, is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come basis.

The program, which will again be moderated by former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, is sponsored jointly by the Law Library of Congress, the Burton Foundation and Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. Michael Fitts, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and former attorney adviser at the Justice Department, will serve as the program chair.

Officials of the Justice Department will debate leading scholars from academia on the following topics:

Topic: The Patriot Act
Participants: David Nahmias, deputy assistant attorney general, and Kim Lane Scheppele, professor of law and sociology, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Topic: First Amendment Protections
Participants: Patrick Philbin, associate deputy attorney general, and David Cole, professor, Georgetown University Law Center.

Topic: Enemy Combatants and Military Tribunals
Participants: Dan Bryant, assistant attorney general, and Orin Gross, associate professor of law, University of Minnesota Law School.

In addition to the debates, the program will feature representatives from Russia and France discussing their nation's approaches to the prosecution of crime in the wake of world terrorism. Evjeny Volkov, minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Liaison Office, and M. Jean Pierre Picca, legal adviser of France, will be the honored guests.

Founded by Law Librarian of Congress Rubens Medina and William C. Burton of the Burton Foundation, the Holmes Debates are in honor of American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., who was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902. Holmes served for more than 30 years, earning the nickname of "the great dissenter" for his controversial legal opinions.

With more than 2.4 million items, the Law Library of Congress is the world's most comprehensive source for U.S., international and comparative law.

The Burton Foundation is a nonprofit, cultural and academic organization devoted to promoting the legal profession. The foundation sponsors the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, a legal writing awards program. Founder William C. Burton is a partner in the international law firm of D'Amato & Lynch.

The international law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. was established in Kansas City, Mo., in 1889, and has offices in 10 locations throughout the world.

West, a Thomson business; American Lawyer Media; Offset Impressions; and BOWNE and IKON are also contributing sponsors of the event.


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