As part of the 2015-16 Social Justice Speaker Series, Lafayette College presents Baher Azmy, legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). His talk, “Challenging State Power in the 9/11 Era: Guantanamo, Profiling and Human Rights,” will be given at 4:15 p.m., Tues. Dec. 8 in Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, room 104. It is free and open to the public.
At CCR, a nonprofit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change, Azmy has litigated cases related to discriminatory policing practices (stop and frisk), government surveillance, the rights of Guantanamo detainees, and accountability for victims of torture.
He has authored numerous legal briefs in the federal appeals courts and the United States Supreme Court on issues related to human rights and constitutional law, testified before Congress, and produced substantial scholarship on issues of access to justice.
Azmy is currently on leave from his faculty position at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he taught Constitutional Law and directed the Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation Clinic. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and of NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow Public Interest Scholar. In 2012, he was selected as one of the top 500 lawyers in America by Lawdragon Magazine. Azmy has been published by and appeared on major media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, 60 Minutes, PBS Newshour, and MSNBC.
The event is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Development and is part of the Social Justice Series at Lafayette. For more information, contact John McKnight, dean of intercultural development, (610) 330-5320, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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