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News Advisory:

Guantanamo Legal Expert to Speak on Presidential Abuse of Power, Ramifications

A Conversation with Joseph Margulies

CHICAGO, Oct. 17, 2008 – Joseph Margulies, the lead lawyer in Rasul v. Bush, the landmark Guantanamo detentions case, headlines the first of the American Bar Association’s Public Program Series on legal issues of general interest.  Margulies will discuss the United States Supreme Court decision that gave U.S. courts—and not the president—the authority to decide the fates of suspected terrorists who had been denied legal representation.
 
The program will be moderated by Edward Adams, editor and publisher of the ABA Journal.   
 
WHO:           Joseph Margulies, counsel of record, Rasul v. Bush (2004); assistant director, MacArthur Justice Center, 
                    Northwestern University Law School; author, Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential 
                    Power
, 2007; ABA Silver Gavel Award winner in books category
 
WHAT:            American Bar Association Public Program Series:  “A Conversation with Joseph Margulies”
 
WHERE:          ABA headquarters 
                       321 N. Clark St. 
                       21st floor boardrooms
                       Chicago
 
WHEN:            Tues. Oct. 21
                       5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
                       Media Availability—4:30 to 5:00 p.m.
 
Accredited media are welcome to attend.  For media credentials, contact Julie Brown, brownjd@staff.abanet.org or 312/988-6133
 
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