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NPR counterterrorism reporter Dina Temple-Raston to headline Houston 'Law & Media' seminar Jan. 29
Wednesday, Jan 05, 2011, 10:09AM CST
By Jennifer Peebles
National Public Radio counterterrorism reporter Dina Temple-Raston will be among the headliners for the 25th annual "Law and the Media" seminar coming up Saturday, Jan. 29, at the South Texas College of Law here in Houston.
The theme will be "Terrorism and the Law: Suspect Policy." The event will try to take attendees behind the scenes of the biggest counterterrorism cases of the day.
Other speakers slated to appear:

Jack B. Zimmermann, Houston-based criminal defense lawyer who has represented U.S. servicemembers charged with crimes against suspected Iraqi terrorists;

Michael Battle, former U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York and former head of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys;

Prof. Geoffrey Corn of South Texas College of Law, an expert in military law, national security and public international law;

And Maher Arar, a computer engineer who was rendered by American authorities to Syria, will speak by teleconference from Canada.

This is a bit of self-promotion -- the event is co-sponsored by the Houston chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, of which I'm a member, but Texas Watchdog wanted to spread the word for our readers, many of whom work in either the media or the legal field.

There's no admission fee for journalists, journalism students and communications professionals. Attorneys, who receive continuing education credits for attending, can register for $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

More details -- and the registration form -- are available at the newly revamped SPJ Houston Web site. And if you're a journalist in the Houston area, please "like" the SPJ Houston page on Facebook to get regular updates about what SPJ and the chapter are up to. And follow us on Twitter at @HoustonSPJ.

Contact Jennifer Peebles at or 281-656-1681. Follow her on Twitter at @jpeebles and @texaswatchdog.

Photo: Graffiti painting of a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, painted on the side of a metal container in Glastonbury, England. Photo by flickr user burge5000, used under a Creative Commons license.

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