Meeting the Threat: A Symposium on Counter-Terrorism

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A distinguished group of experts on the front lines of investigating and prosecuting terrorists will convene at Duke Law School on Friday, Feb. 4 for a symposium examining counter-terrorism strategies and national security. The event, entitled “Meeting the Threat: A Symposium on Counter-Terrorism,” is sponsored by the Program in Public Law, and is free and open to the public. A live webcast will also be available from the Duke Law Webcasts page.

The conference will feature in-depth analysis and discussion of counter-terrorism strategies, national security, and the efforts, successes, and difficulties in the investigation and prosecution of terrorists. There will be two panels, each concentrating on a particular theme, in addition to luncheon featuring a keynote address. Audience participation is encouraged. Panel topics include terrorism-related investigation techniques and strategies, a comparison of the prosecution of terrorists pre- and post-9/11, material offense charges used against terrorists, how terrorists are actually tried for these offenses, and an examination of the efficacy of these processes, and where the United States government should go from here.

NORTH CAROLINA CLE CREDIT AVAILABLE: Members of the North Carolina Bar are eligible for 3 credit hours of Continuing Legal Education at a charge of $60 per credit hour ($180 for the symposium). For more information on CLE credit, please contact Liz Gustafson on 919 613 7229.


Location: Duke Law School, Room 3041

9:30 - 10:00 Breakfast/Registration

10:00 Welcome Remarks by Dean Katharine T. Bartlett and Tyler J. Friedman ('06)

10:00 - 11:30 Morning Panel: Keeping America Safe: Where are we? Where are we headed?

An overall discussion of the government’s war on terror, and its efforts to keep American citizens safe. The panel will feature high level government officials, present and former, that are directly involved in the task of protecting the homeland. The panel will give an analysis of some of the government’s successes, problems, and ways to improve to better protect the United States

Moderator: Jonathan B. Leiken, Former Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of New York

Panelists :

  • David M. Stone, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Andrew C. McCarthy, Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
  • Anthony S. Barkow, Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of New York
  • James A. Candelmo, Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of North Carolina

11:45 - 1:00 - Lunch for panelists and invited guests (Burdman Lounge)

1:00 - Keynote Address

Introduction by Tyler J. Friedman of keynote presenter Hon. Michael J. Garcia, Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Afternoon Panel (following keynote address): Building a Case: Investigating and Prosecuting Terrorism-related Cases

An inside look at how federal officials investigate alleged terrorists, and the tools used to create an effective case. Also, the panel will discuss the challenges of investigating terrorists, and bringing prosecutions in court, and how the courts play a role in the war on terror.

Moderator: Professor Christopher H. Schroeder, Director, Program in Public Law


  • Gerald E. Rosen, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Michigan
  • William J. Hochul, Chief of Terrorism Division, United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of New York
  • Geoffrey S. Mearns, Former Federal Prosecutor
  • Andrew C. Hruska, Chief Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of New York

3:30 - 4:00 - Symposium Adjourned

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