Upcoming events at Coastal Law

The Entertainment Law Society is hosting its annual Entertainment Law Roundtable on April 5 from 12:00-1:30 in room 405. The theme of this year’s Roundtable is “Staying afloat in a sea of piracy: Ethical Considerations in the Entertainment Industry.” Panelists include local and national attorneys, as well as a representative from Atlantic Records. The event is open to all students and faculty/staff. One CPE credit is available for those who attend the whole event. Lunch will be provided.

Also on Tuesday April 5 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 455 Charlie Swift, the former Naval JAG Officer who filed the historic case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, will be speaking about his involvement in that landmark case. Mr. Swift gained national attention when he was assigned as a defense counsel – – in the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel in the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Military Commissions – – to represent Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the driver for Osama Bin Laden, and refused to attempt to persuade his client to plead guilty. Instead, Mr. Swift persuaded his client, Salim Hamdan, a Yemeni national, to permit Swift to serve as his “next friend” and file a habeas corpus action on Hamdan’s behalf challenging his detention and trial, an action that ultimately culminated in the landmark Supreme Court decision Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. Mr. Swift was recognized as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the nation as a result of his work in the Hamdan v Rumsfeld case.

At 3:15 in Room 405, Mr. Swift will meet with students who are interested in pursuing a career in the JAG Corp. He’ll offer his insights and share his experiences as a successful JAG Corp officer.

All students and faculty are welcome to attend a reception in his honor at 4:00 pm on the Fifth Floor in the Knowledge Bar Area. The reception is being sponsored by the Military Law Society, The Hispanic American Law Student Association, and the Special Programs Committee. The schedule for Mr. Swift’s April 5 events are listed below.

On Friday, April 8, there will be a program on Human Trafficking from 10:30-1:30 in Rm. 250. The focus of the program will be on the impact of this issue on the Jacksonville community and what the Jacksonville legal community can do about this problem. Lunch will be served.

On Tuesday, April 5, Mayor Craig Lowe of Gainesville, Fl will be speaking in Room 450 at 12:00. Mayor Lowe is the first openly gay mayor in Northeast Florida and he will be discussing his campaign, his role as mayor, as well as the role his sexual orientation have played in both.

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