Drones and Targeted Killings Abroad: What is Legal and Who Decides?

New York City Lawyers Chapter
Start : Monday, December 13, 2010
End : Monday, December 13, 2010

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The Cornell Club
6 East 44th Street
New York, NY

Featured Speakers:
Michael W. Lewis
Ben Wizner
P. Kevin Castel



  • Ben Wizner, Litigation Director, ACLU National Security Project
  • Michael W. Lewis, Associate Professor of Law, Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law;
  • Honorable P. Kevin Castel, United States District Court, Southern District of New York (Moderator)

Ben Wizner is the Litigation Director of the ACLU's National Security Project. He has litigated numerous cases involving post-9/11 civil liberties violations, including lawsuits challenging the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program, lawsuits challenging unlawful airport security policies, and, most recently, a suit challenging the government's authority to use lethal force against U.S. citizens without due process. He has written widely on issues relating to detention, military commissions, and accountability for torture. He has also appeared regularly in the media, testified before Congress, and traveled several times to Guantanamo Bay to monitor military commission trials. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law. Prior to working at the ACLU, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professor Michael W. Lewis joined the Ohio Northern faculty in August, 2006. Lewis flew F-14's for the United States Navy in Operation Desert Shield, conducted strike planning for Desert Storm and was deployed to the Persian Gulf to enforce the no-fly zone over Iraq. He was a Topgun graduate in 1992 and was featured in a NOVA documentary on Topgun and aircraft carriers.

After his naval service Lewis graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company and served as a litigation associate with McGuireWoods, LLP, in Norfolk, Virginia.
Professor Lewis received the Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching for the 2007-08 academic year.
He currently teaches Commercial Law, International Law, a Law of War Seminar and Corporate Finance. His other teaching interests include Civil Procedure, Contracts and Torts


Reception 6:00 P.M.
Program 7:00 P.M.
Registration details: Refreshments will be served.

Programs sponsored by the New York Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society are made possible by the generous support of the Donald and Paula Smith Family Foundation.