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Senator Russ Feingold

Feingold To Chair Hearing On Restoring The Rule of Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, Chairman of the Constitution
Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on Tuesday, September 16, on "Restoring
the Rule of Law."  During the hearing, the Subcommittee will hear
testimony from legal and historical experts on what steps the next president
and the next Congress must take to repair the damage done by the Bush
Administration to the rule of law. 

The hearing is an effort to provide
the next president with a full range of recommendations for reestablishing
appropriate checks and balances in a variety of areas, including warrantless
wiretapping, interrogation standards, detention policy, abuse of executive
privilege, excessive government secrecy, violations of privacy and misleading

In addition to the testimony of the witnesses at the hearing, Senator
Feingold has solicited suggestions from a host of law professors, historians,
advocates and other experts to offer a blueprint to the next president and
Congress for what must be done, starting in January 2009, to reverse the previous
administration's abuses.  The submitted testimony will be available
prior to the hearing. 

Senator Russ Feingold, Chairman, Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate
Judiciary Committee

Hearing on "Restoring the Rule of Law"

Tuesday, September 16th - 10:15 a.m. ET

Where:           Hart Senate
Office Building
- Room 216


Walter Dellinger

Douglas B. Maggs Professor Emeritus of Law, Duke
University School of Law

Solicitor General of the United States 1996-1997


Mickey Edwards

Board of Directors, The Constitution Project

Woodrow Wilson
School of Public Policy, Princeton University

Former Member of Congress (R-OK), 1977-1993


Harold Koh

Dean and Gerard C. &
Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law

Yale Law


Elisa Massimino

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Human Rights First


John D. Podesta

President and CEO, Center for American Progress Action

Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton,


Frederick A.O Schwarz Jr.

Senior Counsel           

Brennan Center
for Justice at New York
University School
of Law


Suzanne E. Spaulding


Bingham Consulting Group


Charles J. Cooper

Partner, Cooper & Kirk, PLLC


F. Philbin


Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Kyndra Rotunda

Assistant Professor of Law

Chapman University
School of Law


Robert Turner

Professor, General Faculty
Associate Director, Center for National Security Law

University of Virginia School
of Law



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