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DURING FALL 2004, the Public Service Program organized a Public International Speaker Series and expanded the Human Rights Pro Bono Project to offer students more opportunities to work with Human Rights agencies and gain experience in the field should they wish to pursue a career in this area of law.
The Speakers event, titled Protecting Human Rights Across Borders, featured Susan L. Burke, a litigation partner in Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Beth Stevens, professor of law at Rutgers Law School, and Natacha Thys, associate general counsel with the International Labor Rights Fund.
Meanwhile, a broad range of human rights organizations collaborated with the Human Rights Project during the fall semester. Approximately 50 students worked on the following projects: providing long-distance research on legal issues throughout the Middle East and Central Asia; conducting training seminars and preparing complaints for the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; developing a global database of pro bono attorneys; publishing articles and reports of abuses and human rights violations; and authoring a prison reform manual for the United Nations. In addition, seven law students served as a legal research team for Assistant Dean Susan Feathers, co-counsel in Saleh v. Titan, a class action lawsuit seeking redress on behalf of torture victims at Abu Ghraib prison. Students attended the oral argument in the case in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in February 2005.
Now in its third year, the Human Rights Project provides a unique forum for law students, practitioners, and activists to advance the cause of human rights, thus expanding the worldwide network of human rights activists.
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