Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU Named as Touro Law’s 2010 Distinguished Public Interest Lawyer in Residence

Lecture on Wed. Oct. 20, 2010

October 8, 2010

Central Islip, NY – Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s Annual Distinguished Public Interest Lawyer In Residence program will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, featuring Jameel Jaffer, Esq., the Deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Mr. Jaffer will present a lecture titled “Security, Liberty, and Human Rights”. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. In addition, there will be a community reception before the lecture at 6 p.m which is free and open to the public.

Through the Distinguished Public Interest Lawyer in Residence Program, Touro Law recognizes attorneys who have made significant contributions to society. Jaffer directs the ACLU's National Security Project, which litigates civil liberties and human rights cases relating to detention, surveillance, censorship, discrimination, and secrecy. Among the Project's current cases are Amnesty v. Blair, a challenge to warrantless wiretapping under the amended Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; Mohamed v. Jeppesen, a suit against a Boeing subsidiary that facilitated the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program; Kindhearts v. Paulson, a challenge to the Treasury Department's blacklisting of a prominent U.S.-based charity as a "specially designated terrorist organization"; and ACLU v. Department of Defense, landmark litigation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that has resulted in the release of thousands of documents concerning the abuse of prisoners held by the U.S. overseas.

Jaffer has twice testified before the U.S. Congress about civil liberties issues relating to national security, and his co-authored book, Administration of Torture, an edited collection of government documents relating to the abuse of prisoners, was published by Columbia University Press in 2007. He is a graduate of Williams College, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law where he was an Articles Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, Mr. Jaffer 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.


Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning model for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law, which has a student body of approximately 750 and an alumni base of more than 5,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs, several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

Touro is a system of Jewish-sponsored non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was established in 1971 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American community. More than 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and Florida. Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro College Los Angeles, are separately accredited institutions governed in common by the same Board of Trustees as Touro College.
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