President R. Nadine Fontaine, the Officers and the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association Cordially Invite You to Attend the
2013 Honorable **George Bundy Smith Lecture Series at the City Bar
*Professor Neal Katyal, Georgetown University Law Center and Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States
"The Justice Department in Times of War: Lessons from the World War II Cases"
Professor Katyal will survey the Executive Branch's conduct in times of war, focusing on the U.S. Justice Department's activity during World War II. Many have criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Korematsu and Hirabayashi. What is less known is the role of the Solicitor General in leading the Court to adopt these decisions. Building on a statement Professor Katyal made about the historical record while serving as Acting Solicitor General, Professor Katyal will use the searing experiences in that litigation to reflect upon the role of government lawyers, and lawyers in general, in pursuit of the truth and justice. He will relate the role of the Justice Department in World War II to the very different role played by the Justice Department in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Opening Remarks: R. Nadine Fonatine, President of the MBBA
Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Honorable George Bundy Smith, retired, New York State Court of Appeals
Keynote Speaker: Professor Neal Katyal, Georgetown Law School and Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States
*Neal Katyal, the Paul Saunders Professor at Georgetown University, focuses on Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Intellectual Property. He has served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States, where he argued several major Supreme Court cases involving a variety of issues, such as his successful defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his victorious defense of former Attorney General John Ashcroft for alleged abuses in the war on terror, his unanimous victory against 8 states who sued the nation's leading power plants for contributing to global warming, and a variety of other matters. As Acting Solicitor General, Katyal was responsible for representing the federal government of the United States in all appellate matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals throughout the nation. He served as Counsel of Record hundreds of times, and orally argued 15 U.S. Supreme Court cases, as well as numerous others in lower courts. He is a graduate of Yale Law School. (http://www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/katyal-neal-k.cfm#)
**The Judge George Bundy Smith Lecture focused on legal issues relating to race and ethnicity. Co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, this new lecture series is named in honor of the former Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals and long-standing advocate of civil rights and racial justice. As a Yale law student, Judge Smith joined the Freedom Fighters in Selma, Alabama, and was subsequently convicted of breach of peace, a conviction later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to serving on New York’s highest court for 14 years, he worked as an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the administrator of New York City’s Model Cities Program. In addition to holding two Yale degrees, Judge Smith has a Ph.D. from New York University, an LL.M from the University of Virginia School of Law, and two honorary degrees.
If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the Metropolitan Black Bar Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (212) 964-1645.
Co-Sponsored by the City Bar's Minorities in the Courts
A reception will follow.
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Metropolitan Black Bar Association
The purpose of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), a unified citywide association of African-American and other minority lawyers, is to advance equality and excellence in the pursuit of justice, aid the progress of Blacks and other minorities in the profession, address legal issues affecting the citywide community, and foster the study of law by encouraging the personal and professional development of young lawyers and law students.
Founded on July 5, 1984, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association was created from the merger of the Harlem Lawyers Association, founded in 1921 and the Bedford Stuyvesant Lawyers Association, founded in 1933. As one of the largest organizations of Black attorneys in New York State, the MBBA continues the rich legacy of its two predecessor organizations by providing a voice for Black legal professionals in the communities it serves.
Today, the MBBA is comprised of mostly minority attorneys in large and small law firms, solo practitioners, all levels of government, academia, corporations, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations and the judiciary.