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Irving R. Segal Lecture in Trial Advocacy

Abrams current position on civil liberties, however, represents a departure for him. In 1994, Abrams served on a Civil Liberties Advisory Committee created after the first attacks on the World Trade Center. Then, he insisted that an automated profiling system not include race, religion or the national origin of U.S. citizens. Post 9/11, he calls for accommodations in the rule of law, based on the level of threat to public safety. We must assess risk and draw balances accordingly, Abrams said.

“As our security risks have risen there will be no easy answer about how to reconcile the two claims (security and civil liberties), and I think we had better keep our minds open as we attend to the painful task of determining how to do so,” Abrams concluded.

Dean’s Speakers Series

Randy Mastro, former Mayor Guiliani’s right-hand man, regales audience with stories of his years running New York.

How would you like to have a resume that includes working for David Boies and former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani? Randy Mastro L’81 holds that distinction.

Mastro returned to Penn last November to kick off the Dean’s Speakers Series. He spoke about his varied life and times in public service, in a talk titled “Running Cases to Running Guiliani’s City Hall.” His career path almost took him in another direction. Mastro started as a journalist at The Washington Post, before he did an about-face and entered law school, where he learned the skills and made the connections that have made him so successful.

Mastro’s interest in litigation and public policy led him first to Boies and then to Guiliani. He helped Boies, then with Cravath Swaine & Moore, in Westmoreland v. CBS, a seminal case in which the commander of the U.S. armed forces sued the network for libel after it aired a corrosive report on the Vietnam War. An eyewitness to history, Mastro recounted his fascination watching military generals and government leaders testifying.

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