September 10, 2015
WHAT: Attorney and New America Foundation international security fellow Rabia Chaudry will present “Undisclosed: Five Legal Lessons from the Case of Adnan Syed.”
WHEN: Noon Wednesday (Sept. 16)
WHERE: Lanier Auditorium, Texas Tech School of Law, 1802 Hartford Ave.
WHO: Chaudry is a co-creator and host of the program “Undisclosed: The State vs. Adnan Syed,” a multi-part series that builds on NPR’s ‘Serial’ podcast. Both programs examined the trial of Adnan Syed, who was convicted for the 1999 murder of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, and sentenced to life in prison. Questions raised by the podcasts, which reached millions of listeners around the world, led to newly discovered evidence that casts doubt on Syed’s conviction. Her lecture will cover the lessons learned from the Syed case.
At the New America Foundation, Chaudry heads the countering violent extremism (CVE) and community engagement project in partnership with Google and Facebook. She is a CVE consultant with experience in international CVE evaluation and advocate training in Pakistan where digital media and CVE intersect. Her focus is law enforcement, community engagement and recruitment by violent extremists through social media.
Chaudry also is the president and founder of the Safe Nation Collaborative, which trains law enforcement, correctional and homeland security officials on CVE and cultural competency and provides national security and CVE training to Muslim communities. Safe Nation has worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice, the National Counterterrorism Center and the Maryland State Police, among others.
In addition to her fellowship at the New America Foundation, Chaudry also is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project, the Shalom Hartman Institute and the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. She serves on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union in Maryland and has authored articles in Time, the Huffington Post and The Guardian.
Chaudry was invited to Texas Tech by visiting assistant professor Tracy Hresko Pearl, who is teaching an advanced criminal law course based on Serial and the Syed case.
Texas Tech law students who attend the lecture will earn credit through the Academy for Leadership in the Legal Profession. The lecture is open to the public and admission is free. In addition, there will be a question-and-answer session with Chaudry after the lecture.
CONTACT:Kari Abitbol, director of communications, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 834-8591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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