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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. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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