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University of Iowa News Release

June 28, 2004

Judge To Discuss Terrorism, National Security Legal Agenda July 8

"Terrorism and the National Security Legal Agenda: Authority, Appraisal, and the American Legal Ideal" will be the theme of a talk given by James E. Baker, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC.) The talk will be Thursday, July 8 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Baker was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in September 2000. The court is composed of five civilian judges appointed for 15-year terms by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate. The court has appellate jurisdiction over cases arising under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Decisions of the court are subject to review by the United States Supreme Court.

Baker previously served as special assistant to the president and legal adviser to the National Security Council (NSC) from 1997 to 2000, where he advised the president, the National Security Advisor and the NSC staff on U.S. and international law involving national security issues. As an attorney adviser in the Office of the Legal Advisor, Department of State, he provided advice on law enforcement, intelligence, and counter-terrorism and served as legal adviser to U.S. delegations to various environmental negotiations. Baker served as a legislative aide and acting chief of staff to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan 1985 to 1987. Baker is the author, with Michael Reisman, of "Regulating Covert Action" published by Yale University Press in 1992.

Baker is the recipient of the 1999 Colonel Nelson Drew Memorial Award, the NSC's highest honor. The award recognizes "distinguished contributions to the formation of peaceful, cooperative relationships between states, and U.S. security policy for global peace." He is also the recipient of the Director of Central Intelligence's "Director's Award." He teaches national security law at Yale Law School, the University of Iowa College of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center.

The lunch will be catered by Taste of China. The cost of lunch is $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 38 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. Reservations cannot be received any later than Tuesday, July 6. Reservations may not be made by phone, but last-minute adjustments may be made. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge or Marianne Weiss at 319-335-0351.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Friday, July 9, following the noon news. This event is sponsored by the ICFRC and University of Iowa International Programs, with additional support from Dennis Gordon, Gordon Aircraft, Inc. and Mike Margolin Insurance & Investment Securities. Baker's visit to the UI campus is sponsored by the UI College of Law, where Baker is teaching a course on national security law this summer.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area. Annual membership fees are $50 per person, $75 for a household of two, $25 for additional house member; and $20 for full-time students or visiting scholars.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic program and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351