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April 13: Civil Rights Lawyer Addresses PATRIOT Act

Lecture by Fran Quigley, Indiana Civil Liberties Union executive director

When: Wednesday, April 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Where: IndianaUniversity School of Law-Indianapolis, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Room 259

Mr. Quigley will discuss the hastily passed Patriot Act that became law following the 9/11 tragedy. The Patriot Act authorizes government to encroach into individuals' basic human rights, particularly right to privacy, free speech, and fair trial.

The law is set to expire in December of this year because legislators, concerned about government incursion into individual rights under the U.S. Constitution and international law, provided sunset clauses or automatic expiration dates for the law's egregious sections. Some quarters, however, are vying to make these provisions restricting human rights and civil liberties permanent. Members of the legal and local community are encouraged to learn more about the law and how it will affect their civil liberties.

A native of Indianapolis and a graduate of Hanover College and Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, Mr. Quigley worked as a public defender and an associate clinical professor in the poverty law clinic at IU-Indianapolis Law School. In 1997, he took a leave of absence from teaching to serve as the first chief of staff for U.S. Congresswoman Julia Carson. Most recently before joining the ICLU, Fran was a reporter and news editor for NUVO Newsweekly and a contributor to The Indianapolis Recorder and other publications. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife Ellen and their three children.

The event is free to the public. Please RSVP to Chalanta Shockley, of the IU Program on International Human Rights Law, chshockl@iupui.edu, and/or Perfecto Caparas, pcaparas@iupui.edu.

The Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis Program in International Human Rights Law, International Human Rights Law Society, Committee on Diversity Initiatives, ICLU, Equal Justice Works, and Amnesty International are organizing the event.

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