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January 31, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and Practice will present a daylong conference, “Terrorism’s Burdens on Globalization,” Thursday, Feb. 7, from 8:50 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The conference will be at the SMU Dedman School of Law in the Hillcrest Classroom at 6550 Hillcrest Ave. Continuing Legal Education Credits are pending approval. For parking and other information, call 214-768-2621.

Globalization invites the intensified movement of people, goods, information and money across borders. Conference organizers say terrorism affects the entire process of globalization and threatens trade, immigration and the flow of capital and information. Terrorism could make borders far less porous and cause extreme adverse economic consequences. To assess the threats to globalization, the conference will bring together antiterrorism experts with the lawyers and business people who drive globalization.

“These groups normally do not talk with one other,” said John Attanasio, dean of SMU Dedman School of Law and the William Hawley Atwell Chair in Constitutional Law. “In this urgent environment, these groups must come together to determine the contours of the problems and to discuss the beginnings of the solution.”

Speaking at the conference will be five former and current chief executive officers of American companies, an executive with one of the world’s largest shippers of hazardous materials, the general counsel of the International Monetary Fund, a senior fellow with the Council of Foreign Relations, four chairs of the ABA’s section of International Law, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission and prominent faculty from the Dedman School of Law, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and other academic institutions.

Topics to be discussed include biological and chemical attacks; cyberterrorism; the threat to America’s power grid (including nuclear reactors); telecommunications; money laundering; securities fraud; immigration; penalties under the new anti-terrorism legislation, the Patriot Act; trade; and multilateral responses to terrorism. The conference is organized as a series of panel discussions. The following are the topics, times and speakers:

Bioterrorism -- 9 to 9:55 a.m.
This panel will look at the likelihood of a bioterrorism attack on public health, the ability of hospitals and other local governments to respond to an attack, and the status of international efforts to rid the planet of biological weapons. Panelists are Dr. Paul E. Pepe and Dr. Kathleen A. Delaney, professors of emergency medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Barry Kellman, professor of law at DePaul University College of Law and co-director of the International Criminal Justice and Weapons Control Center of the DePaul International Human Rights Law Institute.

Technology and Terrorism -- 10 to 10:55 a.m.
This panel will discuss the impact of terrorism on e-commerce and the Internet and on telecommunication hardware such as mainframes, switching systems and communications trunk lines. Panelists are Philip Wise, CEO of InfoMart, and Peter Lichtenbaum, attorney with Steptoe & Johnson.

Counterterrorism -- 11 to 11:55 a.m.
This panel will explore the coordination among international law enforcement agencies to fight terrorists and the substance of America’s new anti-terrorism law, the Patriot Act. Panelists are former federal judge Joe Kendell, a commissioner of the U.S. Sentencing Commission; Jay Vogelson, an attorney with Stutzman & Bromberg and a former chair of the ABA Section of International Law and Practice; and John Murphy, professor of law at Villanova University School of Law.

Noon Luncheon Panel
This panel will look at the threat to power grids, postal systems and border control. Panelists are Erle Nye, chairman and CEO of TXU, who has served on two government commissions on infrastructure security and currently chairs the board of directors of the Edison Electric Institute; Albert V. Casey, former U.S. Postmaster General, former chairman and CEO of AMR Corporation/American Airlines Inc. and currently the Distinguished Executive-in-Residence in the Department of Management and Organizations at SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business; Arthur C. Helton, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he serves as senior fellow for Refugee Studies and Preventive Action and director of Peace and Conflict Studies. Helton is an expert on human rights, refugees, immigration and international law and organizations.

Banking and Financial Services -- 2 to 3:30 p.m.
This panel will discuss the web of illegal financial transactions in support of terrorist activities, how the International Monetary Fund is responding to international efforts to crack down on money laundering, and whether some people engaged in short selling on world stock markets immediately after Sept. 11. Panelists are Francois Gianviti, general counsel for the IMF; Joseph J. Norton, James L. Walsh Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Financial Institutions and professor of law at SMU’s Dedman School of Law; Marc I. Steinberg, senior associate dean for academics, Rupert and Lillian Radford Professor of Law at SMU’s Dedman School of Law and a former legal advisor to the general counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; and Craig Hall, CEO of Hall Financial Group.

Trade and Transportation -- 3:35 to 5:15 p.m.
This panel will try to envision scenarios in which terrorist attacks could cause a serious interruption to the movement of goods and services, including the shipping of hazardous materials, oil and other petroleum products. Panelists are Rona Mears, attorney for Haynes & Boone and a former chair of the ABA Section of International Law and Practice; Robert Rendell, attorney for Patton & Boggs L.L.P. and a former chair of the ABA Section of International Law and Practice; Peter Winship, James Cleo Thompson Sr. Trustee Professor of Law at SMU’s Dedman School of Law; Dan Rikard, vice-president, general counsel and secretary of Cendian Corporation; and Marshall Cloyd, chairman of the board for InterMarine Incorporated.

“Terrorism’s Burden on Globalization” is the second of three conferences planned on terrorism at SMU Dedman School of Law. Last October the school hosted a two-day event, “Freedom vs. Fear: The Future of Aviation,” which looked at the impact of Sept. 11 on airlines and air travel. This April the law school is planning a conference to examine the status of American civil liberties.