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Executive powers of war topic of Constitution Day lecture

Elizabeth HillmanElizabeth Hillman of University of California Hastings College of Law will deliver the 2013 Constitution Day lecture on the Constitution and executive power in times of war Thursday, Sept. 19, at noon in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College. The lecture is titled “FDR, Obama & How Presidents Drop Bombs.”

Hillman is a distinguished scholar and award-winning teacher. In addition, she is president of the National Institute of Military Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting fairness in and public understanding of military justice worldwide, and is co-legal director of the Palm Center, a public policy research institute that played a key role in ending the “don’t ask/don’t tell” policy of discriminating against gay men and lesbians in the U.S. armed forces. She has published two books, “Military Justice Cases and Materials” with Eugene R. Fidell and Dwight H. Sullivan “Defending America: Military Culture and the Cold War Court-Martial,” and many articles, the most recent a chapter titled “Sexual Violence in State Militaries” in Prosecuting International Sex Crimes (Forum for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law, 2012). Her current research concerns the law and politics of aerial bombing and military sexual violence.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Lunch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at 11:45 a.m. and the lecture will begin at noon. This event is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Nick Buccola at nbuccol@linfield.edu.