Attorney who won groundbreaking Guantanamo Bay case to speak March 30
Mar 29, 2007
The University of Toledo College of Law continues its series of public discussions on the role courts should play in the war on terrorism with Georgetown Law Professor Neil Katyal on Friday, March 30.
Katyal won the groundbreaking 2006 Supreme Court case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which struck down military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station.
The free, public lecture on “Guantanamo, Executive Power and the Geneva Conventions” will begin at noon in the Law Center Auditorium, and will provide a firsthand account from Katyal of litigating what has been hailed by some as one of the most significant decisions on presidential power ever handed down by the Supreme Court.
On June 29, 2006, the Supreme Court found by a five-to-three vote that President Bush’s tribunals at Guantanamo violated the constitutional separation of powers, domestic military law and international law. The New York Times’ Linda Greenhouse described it as “a historic event, a defining moment in the ever-shifting balance of power among branches of government that ranked with the court's order to President Richard M. Nixon in 1974 to turn over the Watergate tapes, or with the court's rejection of President Harry S. Truman's seizing of the nation's steel mills.”
Katyal attended Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer as well as Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He has served as national security adviser in the U.S. Justice Department and was commissioned by President Clinton to write a report on the need for more legal pro bono work. Other recent Supreme Court cases he’s been involved with include the election dispute in 2000, as Al Gore’s co-counsel, and the recent University of Michigan affirmative action case, representing the deans of most major private law schools.
His talk will conclude a series of public lectures on courts and the Constitution this semester presented by the UT College of Law.
For more information, contact the UT Law Communications Office at 419.530.2712.