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March 13, 2006

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Sarah Bubb, UT Law, (512) 232-1301,

Presidential War Powers Expert from the U.S. Library of Congress to Speak at UT Law, March 23

AUSTIN, Texas—Louis Fisher, special assistant to the law librarian of the U.S. Library of Congress, will give a lecture entitled "State of War After 9/11" at The University of Texas School of Law on Thursday, March 23. Fisher will address such issues as military tribunals, the Iraq War, NSA surveillance and the State Secrets Privilege. He will also discuss the extent to which legal principles are sacrificed in time of war.

Sponsored by the Tom Sealy Endowed Lectureship, the talk will take place in the Jeffers Courtroom of the Law School's Townes Hall from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Fisher is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the Constitution, the presidency, and presidential war powers. He is senior specialist in separation of powers at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, holds a Ph.D. in political science, and is the author of American Constitutional Law (Carolina Academic Press, sixth edition, 2005) and Presidential War Power (University Press of Kansas, 2d ed. 2004). His work and scholarly contribution to the study of American politics was the recent subject of the edited volume Politics and Constitutionalism: The Louis Fisher Connection (State University of New York Press, 2000). He has filed four amicus briefs on military tribunal and enemy combatant cases.

The purpose of the Tom Sealy Lecture on Law and Free Society is to enhance the quality of lectureship at the Law School. The Sealy Lecture is presented once every three years.