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ACLU's Anthony Romero to be Honored with "Stanford Law School Public Interest Lawyer Of The Year" Award

Publication Date: 
November 12, 2003
Stanford Law School

Stanford University, Schwab Residential Center, East Vidalakis Dining Room

Stanford Law School will honor the head of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Anthony Romero, for his leadership following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Romero became the ACLU's Executive Director just days before 9/11. In the months that followed, the organization filed lawsuits and spoke out against the secret detention of individuals suspected of violating immigration laws, the use of material witness statutes for detention, and the lack of access to attorneys and judges for U.S. citizens arrested as "enemy combatants."

More recently, Romero has challenged provisions within the Patriot Act that allow law enforcement to conduct searches and seizures of property without a warrant, and that grant the FBI access to personal records including medical and financial information. Romero has warned that these searches can be conducted without probable cause, and can be applied to all criminal investigations, not just cases of terrorism.

Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan will present the inaugural "Stanford Law School Public Interest Lawyer of the Year" award to Romero during a banquet where they will both offer remarks. Romero will speak about the ongoing need to preserve civil liberties post 9/11 and the role of a public interest lawyer in public policy and public advocacy.

The award honors Stanford Law School graduates who have made important contributions to law in the public interest; the Office of the Dean and the Public Interest Law Foundation sponsor it. Nominations are solicited from students, faculty, and alumni. A committee comprised of the Dean, students, faculty, and alumni select the award recipient.

This event will mark the 25th anniversary of the Public Interest Law Foundation and pay tribute to its founder, alumnae Karen Chapman. The organization distributes grants to worthy public interest law projects as well as to Stanford Law students working in public interest positions during the summer.

For more information, please contact: Judith Romero, Assistant Director of Communications for Stanford Law School, 650 723.2232 or