BTS 9/17/07: Michael Mukasey Nomination; Erwin Chemerinsky; Less Safe, Less Free

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Tonight our focus is legal: Constitutional law Professor Jonathan Hafetz talks to us about the nomination of Michael Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzalez as Attorney General; UCI History Professor Mark Levine discusses the hiring/firing and possible rehiring of Erwin Chemerinsky as founding Dean of the UCI Law School; and Law Professor David Cole joins us to talk about his new book, co-authored with Jules Lobel of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Less Safe, Less Free, a powerful and systematic analysis of all the ways the Bush administration has rejected the rule of law, betrayed American values and weakened American standing in the world.

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1. Jonathan Hafetz focuses on a range of post-September 11 detention issues, government secrecy, and immigrants’ rights. Before coming to the Brennan Center, Mr. Hafetz was a John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, P.C., and an attorney at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. Mr. Hafetz clerked for Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the U.S Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he received honors for his advocacy and scholarship, and a B.A. from Amherst College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. Mr. Hafetz also holds a masters degree in history with high honors from Oxford University and served as a Fulbright scholar in Mexico. He is the author of numerous articles in scholarly and popular publications, including the Yale Law Journal, California Western Law Review, and Fordham Journal of International Law, Legal Affairs, and the New York Law Journal. He also frequently serves as an expert commentator for television and radio on liberty and national security issues.

2. Mark Levine is a Professor of History at UC Irvine. He is author of Why They Don't Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil, (Oneworld Publications) and Overthrowing Geography: Jaffa, Tel Aviv and the Struggle for Palestine (University of California Press). He is an expert on the Middle East and Islam, and a musician and activist committed to social justice and culture-jamming.

3. David Cole is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University, legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, author of Enemy Aliens (which won the American Book award), and a constitutional lawyer defending immigrants and citizens in cases involving claims of national security and terrorism for more than 20 years.