Civil rights, terrorism talk on “Bring Your Lawyer to Rotary Day”

Irene Stewart sends word of a special invitation regarding this Tuesday’s Rotary Club of West Seattle lunch:

Rotary Club of West Seattle announces that Sept. 22 is “Bring Your Lawyer to Rotary Day”. The club’s noon luncheon provides a rare opportunity to hear a national leader in the legal profession provide the inside story about one of the more controversial legal chapters in our nation’s history.

Luncheon speaker Harry Schneider, managing partner of Perkins Coie, an international law firm headquartered in Seattle, will discuss Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, a case involving a Yemen citizen, Salim Hamdan, who was widely known as Osama bin Laden’s driver. Hamdan was captured during the invasion of Afghanistan, turned over to the United States, sent to Guantanamo Bay, and charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism.

On a pro bono basis, Perkins Coie successfully represented Hamdan in a case against the U.S. government, all the way through the United States Supreme Court. Schneider led the legal team, and was recognized by many legal organizations for his leadership, integrity and “tone of civility and candor” throughout the lengthy and historic legal proceedings.

Lawyers and non-lawyers alike are welcome to attend the Rotary luncheon on Tues., Sept. 22 (12 noon to 1:30 p.m.) at Salty’s on Alki, 1936 Harbor Ave. SW. The cost is $20 per person. Non-members should contact West Seattle Rotary at least 24 hours in advance (e-mail to ensure sufficient seating. For more information, go to

2 Replies to "Civil rights, terrorism talk on "Bring Your Lawyer to Rotary Day""

  • Mike September 20, 2009 (7:04 pm)

    That would make for an interesting event. I suspect there will be mass protesting outside of Salty’s at that time. I suggest people plan accordingly for traffic in that area, might want to find an alternate route.

  • charlabob September 21, 2009 (12:47 pm)

    Mike, why would there be mass protesting? Just curious. (If you know something, hop over onto the forums and post it — :-))

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