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The Justice Department in Times of War: Lessons from the World War II Cases
Judge George Bundy Smith Lecture by Neal K. Katyal

Monday, April 15, 2013 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

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The New York City Bar Association proudly presents the Judge George Bundy Smith Lecture focused on legal issues relating to race and ethnicity. Co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, this lecture series is named in honor of the former Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals and long-standing advocate of civil rights and racial justice. A reception will follow.

In his lecture, Professor Neal K. Katyal will survey the Executive Branch's conduct in times of war, focusing on the U.S. Justice Department's activity during World War II. Many have criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Korematsu and Hirabayashi. What is less known is the role of the Solicitor General in leading the Court to adopt these decisions. Building on a statement he made about the historical record while serving as Acting Solicitor General, Professor Katyal will use the searing experiences in that litigation to reflect upon the role of government lawyers, and lawyers in general, in pursuit of the truth and justice. He will relate the role of the Justice Department in World War II to the very different role played by the Justice Department in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Speaker: NEAL K. KATYAL, Former Acting Solicitor General, United States; Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Recipient, Edmund Randolph Award (highest award given to a civilian by the U.S. Department of Justice)

Sponsored by: Committee on Minorities in the Courts, Nadine Fontaine, Chair

Co-sponsored by: Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Event Location: 42 West 44th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)