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Vermont Law Review Symposium

Examining Our Priorities: Balancing National Security With Other Fundamental Values

This symposium,sponsored by the Vermont Law Review, features keynote speaker Louis Fisher, constitutional law scholar with the Library of Congress and an expert in national security issues who is often called upon to testify before Congress. His newest book, 9/11 and the Constitution, will be released in August. Expert panels will discuss a variety of topics including immigration, environmental law, protecting library records, and the right to dissent. VT CLE credit will be available.


8:30–8:45— Opening Remarks

8:45–10:00—Vermont's Library Patron's Confidentiality Act -- This panel will discuss a new law in Vermont regarding the confidentiality of library patron’s records. The panel includes Gail Weymouth, chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee for the American Libraries Association; Retta Dunlap, executive director of Vermonters for Better Education; and Jane Woldow, lawyer librarian at Vermont Law School.

10:15–11:30—Environmental Concerns Through the Lens of National Security -- How much should the government consider the environment when acting in name of "national security?" Panelists include Joel Reynolds, senior attorney for the NRDC, and Brian Segee, staff attorney for Defenders of Wildlife.


12:30 – 2:00—Keynote by Louis Fisher --Mr. Fisher is the constitutional law specialist for the Library of Congress. He will discuss the themes from his new book, 9/11 and the Constitution: Recurring Threats to America’s Freedoms.

2:15–3:30—The Threat of Unpopular Ideas --This panel will look at constitutional issues that arise in domestic antiterrorism statutes. The panelists include Will Potter, a freelance reporter; Odette Wilkins, executive director of Equal Justice; and Lee Hall, director of Friends of Animals.

3:45– 5:00— Immigration and National Security --This panel will talk about the effects national security has on immigration law practice. Our panelists will present the perspectives of both the private practitioners and the enforcement officers. Professor Art Edersheim of the South Royalton Legal Clinic and Leslie Holman of Holman Immigration in Burlington, Vermont, will lead the panel.

CLE Credits

1.25 CLE credit hours earned per panel, for a total of 5 credits available for four panels. The CLE fee is $25.00 per 1.25 credits. Those seeking CLE credits may register beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the door.