"Tortured Law": Reception and Film Screening

February 10, 2010

A reception and film screening of the New Short Documentary "Tortured Law"

A discussion of the actions of the U.S. Department of Justice lawyers who authored the infamous "torture memos" will follow the film screening.

Co-sponsored by Alliance for Justice, Bar Association of San Francisco, Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Club, Bay Area Lawyer Chapter of American Constitution Society, Minority Bar Coalition, South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter, and the Northern California Chapter of Iranian American Bar Association

Nan Aron, President, Alliance for Justice

Featuring special guests:
James Brosnahan, Senior Partner, Morrison & Foerster
Richard Zitrin, Of Counsel, Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP and Adjunct Professor of Legal Ethics, U.C. Hastings

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

5:30pm: Reception begins
6:00pm: Program begins

Hosted by:
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy, & Bass LLP
One Ferry Building, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94111

President Barack Obama ended six years of American torture of suspected terrorists arising from the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks. The torture was originally outlined and sanctioned in 2002 by a series of memos drafted by lawyers in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced an investigation of CIA interrogators who exceeded the authority provided by the "torture memos." But the officials who ordered these actions, and the lawyers who provided the legal cover, have not been held accountable. Should Attorney General Holder conduct a full investigation of those who ordered, designed, and justified torture? A panel of distinguished legal experts will discuss these questions and more during a provocative conservation about lawyers, legal ethics and rule of law.

The discussion will follow a screening of Tortured Law, a new 10-minute documentary produced by Alliance for Justice. Tortured Law examines the legal and ethical questions regarding the lawyers who sanctioned the use of torture and asks whether these lawyers were simply giving the President their best legal advice, or whether their work was part of a larger conspiracy to distort the law and authorize torture.

This event is a free event but seating is limited so please RSVP.