CONTACT: SCOTT HAUSER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Civil libertarian Wilkinson lectures Jan. 22 at UI on threat to Bill
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Renowned First Amendment lawyer Frank Wilkinson will
discuss the implications for civil liberties of recent changes to federal
law designed to curb terrorism at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 at the University
of Iowa College of Law.
Wilkinson, a founder of the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation,
will present the lecture, "The Bill of Rights at Risk: The Antiterrorism
and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996," in Room 285 of the Boyd
The talk, sponsored by the UI chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
and UI student government, is free and open to the public.
Wilkinson is a former member and founder of the National Committee to
Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), the forerunner
of the current National Committee Against Repressive Legislation. He also
is a former member of the board of directors of the Southern California
chapter of the Americans Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a member of the
First Amendment Foundation.
He has received the Earl Warren Civil Liberties Award and the National
Lawyers Guild Legal Worker of the Year award. He was sentenced to serve
one year in federal prison for refusing to testify before the House Un-American
Activities Committee (HUAC), a sentence that was upheld by a 5-4 vote in
a 1961 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 was passed
by Congress following the April 1996 explosion at the Murrah Federal Building
in Oklahoma City.
The legislation has been sharply criticized by civil libertarian groups
because it limits the right of appeal for people accused and convicted
of federal crimes, provides broader discretion for federal agencies to
investigate people suspected of aiding terrorist organizations and makes
deportation of immigrants easier in some instances.
Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to attend the
lecture should contact the UI chapter of the National Lawyers Guild at