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Human rights advocate to speak at College of Law

February 17, 2012

Jules Lobel, J.D., the Bessie McKee Wathour Endowed Chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, will be the distinguished speaker at Loyola University New Orleans’ 2012 Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Awards Ceremony. The annual ceremony honors Loyola students, faculty, staff and alumni who have made outstanding contributions in the area of public service.

Lobel’s lecture, “Success Without Victory: Radical Litigation in an Era of Conservative Courts,” takes place on Monday, March 5 at 6 p.m. in the College of Law, Room 308. It is free and open to the public.

Lobel co-authored the award winning book, “Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terror,” which won the first Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for exemplary scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security. He is also the author of “Success without Victory: Lost Legal Battles and the Long Road to Justice in America” and is the editor of several books on civil rights litigation and the U.S. Constitution.

Lobel is president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a national human and constitutional rights organization headquartered in New York City. He has also testified on various occasions before congressional committees, most recently on the issue of the constitutional allocation of war powers before a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

Lobel has litigated numerous cases involving constitutional and human rights issues in the United States Courts and has represented members of Congress challenging various presidents’ - both Democrat and Republican - assertions of executive power to unilaterally initiate warfare. Lobel has been involved in various cases challenging aspects of U.S. policy toward suspected terrorists, including Rasul v. Bush, arguing for habeas corpus rights for Guantanamo detainees, and Arar v. Ashcroft, seeking damages for a Canadian citizen who alleged that he was wrongfully rendered to Syria to be tortured by high U.S. officials.

Prior to the lecture, the Poverty Law Center will present public service awards to members of Loyola’s alumni, staff and students for their outstanding service to the community. The 2012 recipients are alumni Matthew Livaccari, J.D. ’09, Charles Long, J.D. ‘93, Gavin Rush, J.D. ‘11, the Honorable Paul Sens, J.D. ’81, Barbara Siefken, J.D. ‘06, law student Maria Dugas, and Kathleen Breaux, assistant to the associate dean in the College of Law.

For more information, contact Barbara Wilson at 504-861-5762 or bjwilso1@loyno.edu.

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