University of South Carolina School of Law professor Wadie E. Said will be the featured speaker at the fourth annual Constitution Day at USC Upstate on Tuesday, September 10, at 7 p.m. in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom.
His topic will be “Terrorists on Trial: The Constitution and Terrorism.” This lecture, held in commemoration of the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution, is hosted by the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and American Studies (HPPA) at USC Upstate and open to the public.
“Constitution Day allows universities to provide a forum for discussing a wide range of issues surrounding the Constitution,” said HPPA Department Chair Dr. Robert McCormick. “Whether it be the history of the document or a study of important interpretations, Americans need to engage themselves with this living document.”
Prior to joining the USC faculty, Said was an assistant federal public defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Florida, where he represented one of the defendants in U.S. v. Al-Arian, a complex terrorism conspiracy case.
His recent scholarship analyzes the challenges inherent in the modern terrorism prosecution, covering such topics as coercive interrogation, the use of informants, and the ban on providing material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations. He is currently at work on a book of comprehensive legal analysis of the criminal terrorist prosecution in the United States scheduled to publish in 2014 by Oxford University Press.
“Although some may disagree with Mr. Said, it is important and the duty of the university to provide an arena for discussing vital topics of the day,” noted McCormick. “As a law professor at USC, he regularly teaches on issues pertaining to terrorism and trials and is an active scholar in the discipline. Because there has been much discussion about terrorism, interrogations, and the law, in both the political and media spheres, it was appropriate to offer a dialogue on key issues involving terrorism, trials, and the Constitution.”
Said teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, immigration law, and a seminar on international human rights law at USC School of Law. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the Columbia University School of Law where he served as an articles editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.