03/23/06 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
March 13, 2006
CONTACT: Claire Duggan
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FAMED CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY AND GW ALUMNUS LEONARD WEINGLASS TO SPEAK ABOUT DEFENDING THE CUBAN FIVE AT GW LAW ENRICHMENT PROGRAM LECTURE
March 23 Event Also Includes a Screening of the Documentary
Mission Against Terror
Defense attorney and GW alumnus Leonard Weinglass, B.A. '55, will give an Enrichment Program Lecture at The George Washington University Law School. The event includes a screening of the documentary Mission Against Terror, a question and answer session, and a reception.
Thursday, March 23, 2006; 2 - 5 p.m.
The George Washington University Law School
Jacob Burns Moot Court Room (L101), 2000 H St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue and Orange lines)
This event is open to the GW Law School community and members of the media. For more information, contact Claire Duggan at (202) 994-0616.
GW Law School welcomes one of the country's most well known defense attorneys and civil rights advocates for a lecture about the legal issues behind the appeals case of the Cuban Five, and topics of national security and terrorism. Mission Against Terror is a documentary that tells the story of five Cuban men serving sentences of up to life in prison in the United States on charges of conspiracy to commit espionage and related offenses. The five men infiltrated what Cuba claims is a Miami-based terrorist group that has killed more than 3,500 Cubans in criminal actions since 1959. The Cuban Five contend they are not spies, were never a threat to U.S. national security, never used violence, and have been wrongfully convicted and excessively punished.
In a 2005 issue of Le Monde Diplomatique Leonard Weinglass said, "The case of the Five is one of the few cases in American jurisprudence that involves injustice at home as well as injustice abroad?The Five were not prosecuted because they violated American law, but because their work exposed those who were. By infiltrating the terror network that is allowed to exist in Florida they demonstrated the hypocrisy of America's claimed opposition to terrorism."
Weinglass graduated from The George Washington University in 1955 with a B.A. in political science. Three years later, he received his J.D. from Yale Law School. He is well known for representing such controversial clients as the Chicago 7, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Bill and Emily Harris ? kidnappers of Patty Hearst, and is currently an appellate attorney for the Cuban Five.
The GW Law Enrichment Program was established to enhance the extracurricular intellectual life of the Law School. Now in its 26th year, previous speakers include Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia, Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; former Sen. Bill Bradley; Rep. Barney Frank; columnist George Will; and attorney Alan Dershowitz. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, the GW Law School enrolls approximately 1,850 students each year.
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