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Lecture kicks off counter-terrorism simulation

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The first lecture of Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis' Distinguished Speaker Series will feature an armed conflict and counter-terrorism specialist and international law consultant. Lt. Col. David Benjamin, recently retired from the Israel Defense Forces after 17 years, will speak about Israel's fight against terrorism in the event, "The Charge of the Lawyers' Brigade" on Oct. 22.

Before his retirement in February, Benjamin served as director of the Strategic and International Affairs Branch in the IDF International Law Department, where he headed a team of military lawyers dealing with foreign relations, economic and humanitarian affairs, and international military cooperation. Benjamin worked as chief legal advisor for the Gaza Strip from 2001 to 2005; he also briefly served as a military court judge, and spent some time working in civil litigation in a Tel Aviv law firm.

Benjamin has dealt with many of the cutting-edge issues of international law being faced by democratic states fighting non-state terrorist actors and has expertise in numerous areas of law, including counter-terrorism law and the law of belligerent occupation.

He received his master's degree in law from Tel Aviv University and bachelor's degree in political studies and law from the University of Cape Town. He's also a licensed attorney in Israel.

Benjamin's lecture will help set the scene for the counter-terrorism simulation exercise being conducted on Oct. 23. The law school and IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs are co-sponsoring the simulation, which will involve law and public policy students. Participants will work side-by-side with local and state government officials to respond to a simulated national counter-terrorism threat.

The Oct. 22 lecture begins at 5 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom in the law school, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis. One hour of CLE credit is available. Those interested in attending need to RSVP by calling (317) 278-3400.

More information is available on the law's school's Web site.

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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