David Cole, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and author of the acclaimed new book "Enemy Aliens," will deliver the keynote speech at this year's Access to Justice Awards Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, as part of the MBA's Annual Conference 2004. The noontime event is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.
Cole, who also is a volunteer staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, has argued cases including Texas v. Johnson and National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley before the U.S. Supreme Court, and defended dozens of immigrants charged with being everything from "national security threats" to "advocates of world communism."
In "Enemy Aliens," Cole argues that the U.S. government's detention of more than 1,200 foreign nationals following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks represents a dangerous sacrifice of the liberty of immigrants for the purported security of the majority. He is also legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," a columnist for Legal Times, co-author of Terrorism and the Constitution and author of No Equal Justice, which was named Best Nonfiction Book of 1999 by the Boston Book Review and best book on an issue of national policy in 1999 by the American Political Science Association.
Cole recently was named one of the top 45 public sector lawyers under 45 by American Lawyer. He will be available for a book signing during the Annual Conference.
Tickets to the luncheon are included in the full-conference and Friday registration fees for Annual Conference attendees. Single tickets may be purchased for $75 each, of which $20 is a tax-deductible contribution to the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. Conference attendees may make a contribution to the Foundation at the luncheon.