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Join Us in D.C. for the ACLU Membership Conference

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 2:04pm

Plans for the ACLU's 2008 Membership Conference are already off to a great start. With Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David H. Souter all confirmed to speak, conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear from one-third of the United States Supreme Court.

Attendees can expect a wide variety of high caliber speakers. A few speaker highlights include:

  • Justice Arthur Chaskalson, a former Chief Justice in South Africa, is a leading jurist in constitutional and human rights issues.
  • Ariel Dorfman has been called a "literary grandmaster" (Time) and "one of the greatest living Latin American novelists" (Newsweek).
  • John Hutson, a retired United States Navy rear admiral, attorney and former Judge Advocate General of the Navy, is a passionate advocate against torture and the abuse of prisoners in U.S. military custody.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg! We're confirming new speakers, presenters and performers every day. Conference attendees can look forward to hearing from renowned experts on civil liberties topics that have become all too familiar to us in a post 9/11 world - government surveillance, torture, the suspension of habeas corpus, and increased government intrusion into private matters - as well as first-hand accounts from ACLU clients, who have fought to claim their constitutionally protected rights.

Check out our conference Web site now and regularly - www.aclu.org/conference - for an updated list of speakers, registration details and other program highlights.

See you in Washington, June 8-10!

CORRECTION:: In a previous version of this post, Lionel Sosa was listed as a speaker. Due to an unforeseen conflict, Mr. Sosa is now unable to attend.

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