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Berch sits on ACLU panel

November 03, 2009

Michael Berch, the Alan A. Matheson Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, recently participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, where the film, The Response, was screened.

Berch talked about The Patriot Act, the constitutionality of torture, Guantánamo Bay, military tribunals, indefinite detention and Supreme Court cases at the Oct. 8 event in Phoenix. The Response is a courtroom drama based on the actual transcripts of Guantánamo Bay military tribunals, which were authorized by Congress in 2006 and gave the president absolute power to decide who is an enemy of the United States and to imprison people indefinitely without charging them with a crime.

Berch also is an Honors Disciplinary Faculty member of Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. Since 1969, he has taught a wide variety of courses, including Federal Courts, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Law and the Regulatory State and Professional Responsibility. He has coached many of ASU's winning Moot Court teams and has written extensively.

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law