FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY--This breakfast CLE will be held on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer. Section business, including elections for board officers, will be conducted after the CLE. Cost is $15 or $10 for section members. Please RSVP to Beth Johnson at (801) 257-1991 by September 21.
Jameel Jaffer is a litigator for the American Civil Liberties Union and director of the ACLU’s National Security Program. Currently, his docket includes Doe v. Gonzales, a challenge to the FBI’s “national security letter” power; ACLU v. National Security Agency, a challenge to the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance conducted by the NSA; American Academy of Religion v. Chertoff, a challenge to the government’s refusal to grant a visa to Swiss scholar Tariq Ramadan; and ACLU v. Department of Defense, litigation under the Freedom of Information Act for records concerning the treatment and detention of prisoners held by the U.S. in Afghanistan, Iraq, and at Guantanamo Bay.
Jaffer has argued national security cases in the district and appellate courts and has testified before Congress about government surveillance. His book about ACLU v. Department of Defense, titled “Administration of Torture” and co-written with ACLU attorney Amrit Singh, will be published by Columbia University Press this fall. He is a graduate of Williams College, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the staff of the ACLU, he served as law clerk to Hon. Amalya L. Kearse, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then to Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada.
Snell & Wilmer is located at 15 West South Temple, Suite 1200 in the Beneficial Tower in Salt Lake City. Parking is available at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.