FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 18, 2015
Director of Marketing and Communications
Oklahoma City University School of Law
OKLAHOMA CITY (March 18, 2015) – Oklahoma City University School of Law will host The National Summit on Homeland Security Law April 17-20. In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, the four-day summit will explore the bombing’s investigation and trial, as well as address the threats to homeland security and the balance between security and liberty.
“Our city knows all too well that terrorism can strike anywhere at anytime,” said Valerie Couch, Dean of OCU Law. “As we gather to remember those we lost 20 years ago and honor those who have rebuilt in the decades since, it is fitting we also take a closer look at the laws and policies that can help our country prevent such acts of domestic terrorism from happening again.”
Jointly hosted with the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the summit will bring together the most prominent names in homeland security law from across the country. Confirmed speakers include former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, Chief Judge Jamie Baker and former General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Joe Whitley. Panel discussions will revisit Oklahoma City’s immediate response to the bombing and discuss the legal issues in homeland security law today.
The summit is open to the general public and includes the Memorial’s 20th anniversary events, such as the Reflections of Hope Award Luncheon. Registration is now open at HomelandSecurityLawSummit.org. Event space is limited, and registration is required.
The National Summit on Homeland Security Law will also serve as the official launch of OCU Law’s Judge Alfred P. Murrah Center for Homeland Security Law and Policy. The Murrah Center will offer analysis of the legal issues the Department of Homeland Security faces, serve as a voice on domestic security matters for states, towns and municipalities, and provide insight and support to public and private sectors on matters of homeland security.
“This is an important time in our country, when the challenges to our homeland security are great from both home and abroad,” said former Oklahoma Governor and Murrah Center Advisory Board Chair Frank Keating. “This summit and the new Murrah Center are crucial in bringing together our best and brightest minds to establish the most effective ways to protect the United States from terrorism.
“We remain respectful, reminded and resolute from our own experience in Oklahoma City almost 20 years ago. We are honored to host a summit of this magnitude and are hopeful the Murrah Center will provide the legal ideas, policies and activities that define our homeland security for years to come.”