High Level Panel to Address Torture Memos and Legal Ethics

Program includes keynote address by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and screening of the
Alliance for Justice’s new 10-minute film
Tortured Law

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 19, 2009 – American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Law and Government presents “The Torture Memos: Lawyers, Ethics, and the Rule of Law,” Tuesday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence, and a former federal prosecutor, will give the opening keynote address. Whitehouse has called for the investigation of the Department of Justice lawyers who authorized the use of torture during the Bush Administration.

Following Whitehouse’s keynote speech, American University Washington College of Law Fellow William Yeomans will introduce  Alliance for Justice’s new 10-minute documentary Tortured Law, which examines the role lawyers played in authorizing torture, and calls upon Attorney General Holder to conduct a full investigation of those who ordered, designed, and justified torture.

The viewing will be followed by an expert panel, moderated by American University Washington College of Law Professor Stephen Vladeck, which will discuss Senator Whitehouse’s remarks, Tortured Law, and the torture debate. Panelists include:

  • Nan Aron, President, Alliance for Justice
  • Daniel Levin, Former Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel
  • David Luban, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Stuart Taylor Jr., Columnist, National Journal, and Contributing Editor, Newsweek

This event will be held in Room 603 at American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016. The event is free and open to the public - two CLE ethics credits will be offered for $35. To register for the event please visit our registration pageMembers of the media should contact Franki Fitterer, 202-274-4279. For further event information please email secle@wcl.american.edu or call 202-274-4075.