Keynote Speaker: Thomas B. Wilner – Shearman & Sterling, LLP
On June 12, 2008, the United States Supreme Court issued a historic decision affirming the rights of
non-citizens held at Guantanamo to pursue habeas challenges to their detention in the federal district
courts. This case briefing will present the history and legal landscape behind the decision, its
jurisprudential implications and an assessment of what is yet to come in the adjudication of the over 200
habeas cases currently filed in the federal courts.
Thomas B. Wilner serves as counsel of record for Boumediene appellants, and has represented
Guantanamo detainees since 2002, including before the Supreme Court in its earlier Rasul v. Bush
proceedings. Joining Mr. Wilner on a panel discussing the role of pro bono counsel and opportunities
for associates will be:
Gitanjali Gutierrez, Center for Constitutional Rights and member of the Boumediene legal team
Jennifer Kim, City Bar Justice Center Refugee Assistance Project
Jennifer Ching, New York Appleseed
Special thanks to Shearman & Sterling LLP for sponsoring this event.
Time: 5:30 pm.R.S.V.P. by Monday, July 7 with Tavi Sookhoo at firstname.lastname@example.org
The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar, increases access to justice by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal
community. Justice Center projects are focused in three areas: immigrant justice, economic justice and family justice. The Justice Center also operates the city’s busiest
legal hotline and special projects. The Justice Center annually provides direct legal representation, information and advocacy to over 25,000 low income and vulnerable
New Yorkers. New York Appleseed is one of 16 Appleseed public interest justice centers throughout the U.S. and Mexico, working to break down structural barriers
to opportunity for all New Yorkers through innovative partnerships between the public and private sectors.