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Anti-Terrorism Legislation Subject of Special Session

Former Virginia Gov. Wilder To Be Keynote Speaker At Conference On Public Service And The Law

January 25, 2002-- Former Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder will deliver the keynote address at the University of Virginia School of Law’s Conference on Public Service and the Law, to be held Feb. 15-16, 2002. The conference is open to the public.

The annual conference takes the pulse of public interest issues in politics and legislation, bioethics, First Amendment freedoms, economic development, national security and international law, electoral reform, environmental improvement, gender issues and racial profiling.

This year's conference will feature a special plenary session on national security law with introductory remarks by former National Security Advisor Samuel R. Berger. Rachel King, legislative counsel for the ACLU, Larry Parkinson, general counsel for the FBI, and Fred Hitz, former inspector general to the CIA, will join John Norton Moore, director of the law school’s Center for National Security Law, for an examination of anti-terrorism legislation passed in reaction to the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

The panel will analyze the potential effects of these new laws and discuss how lawmakers can maintain a balance between cherished individual civil liberties and national security imperatives.

Eli Segal, founding CEO of AmeriCorps and former assistant to President Bill Clinton, will be the conference's opening night speaker on Friday, Feb. 15. Helgi Walker, associate counsel to President George W. Bush, will speak at lunch on Saturday.

The grandson of slaves, Wilder was sworn in as the first elected African-American governor in U.S. history on Jan. 13, 1990. A graduate of Virginia Union University, he was decorated with the Bronze Star for Heroism during the Korean War. He graduated from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. with a Juris Doctor degree in 1959 and went on to establish the Richmond law firm Wilder, Gregory and Associates, meanwhile earning a reputation as a top criminal trial lawyer.

In 1969, Wilder entered politics and became the first African-American state senator in Virginia since Reconstruction. He sponsored the creation of the authority to provide low and moderate income housing, as well as the Virginia Fair Housing Law. Additionally, he succeeded in having a state holiday declared for Martin Luther King Jr. Wilder made history again in 1985 by being elected Virginia’s first African-American lieutenant governor. He is currently a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Public Policy and was recently appointed chair of a commission formed by Gov. Mark Warner to study ways to make state government more efficient.

Contacts: Lise Adam, (434) 293-9739 or Abra Edwards, (434) 245-8864

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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