Tortured Law Film Screening & Discussion

November 11, 2009

The NLGSF is cosponsoring this Alliance for Justice presentation 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.

Featured Speakers:

Drucilla Ramey, Dean, Golden Gate Law School
Nan Aron, President, Alliance for Justice
George Harris, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Harris served as co-counsel to John Walker Lindh, known as the "American Taliban." Lindh was tortured while in US custody.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Noon – 1:30pm
Lunch will be provided
Golden Gate University School of Law
536 Mission Street, Room 3201

President Barack Obama ended six years of American torture of suspected terrorists arising from the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks. U.S. 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 recently 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?

Tortured Law, a new 10-minute documentary by Alliance for Justice, examines the legal and ethical questions
regarding the lawyers who sanctioned the use of torture and asks: Were these lawyers simply giving the President
their best legal advice? Or was their work part of a larger conspiracy to distort the law and authorize torture?