Lectures & Events

Judicial Use of Fear in Terrorism Cases
CWRU Law Downtown Lecture Series
NOV 14, 2012
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave., 2nd floor
Cleveland, Ohio
CLE Credit
1 hour of in-person CLE credit available, pending approval

Professor Cover will examine the social science on how fear affects peoples’ thinking and their own threat assessments. He will review in detail how the perception and understanding of catastrophic threats impact judges’ thinking and opinions, with a case study of the United States Supreme Court opinion, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, which upheld a federal law criminalizing material support to foreign terrorist organizations, including the teaching of humanitarian and international law. The presentation will provide lawyers with greater insights into how people, and particularly judges, perceive risks and fears. Such information will enable lawyers to hone their arguments to take into account these perceptions and either accentuate or mitigate the perceived risks as their cases may require.
Speaker Information
Avidan Y. CoverAvidan Y. Cover
Assistant Professor of Law
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Avidan Y. Cover is Assistant Professor of Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches in the Civil Litigation Clinic in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center. Professor Cover supervises students in the representation of clients in civil lawsuits primarily in the areas of consumer protection, home repair, predatory lending, tort defense, and housing. Professor Cover’s scholarship focuses on human rights, civil rights and national security law. He has appeared in numerous news media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN, FOX News, and Court TV.

Prior to his appointment at Case Western, Professor Cover taught at the Seton Hall University School of Law, where he supervised the Urban Revitalization Project in Newark, New Jersey. In addition, he was a Gibbons Public Interest and Constitutional Law Fellow from 2007 to 2009 during which time he litigated prisoner’s rights, same-sex marriage, national security and education cases in federal and state court. Professor Cover also served as Senior Counsel in Human Rights First’s Law and Security Program where he researched and analyzed U.S. military and intelligence agencies’ interrogation and detention policies and practices. He holds a B.A. degree from Princeton University and a J.D. cum laude from Cornell School of Law.

Additional Information
8:00-8:30 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast preceding each program.

Free and open to the public.

1 hr. CLE credit available, pending approval.

Case Downtown lectures will take place on the following dates:
Fall 2012: September 12 (Prof. Lewis Katz), October 10 (Prof. Jessie Hill), November 14 (Prof. Avidan Cover), December 12 (Prof. Jessica Wilen Berg)

Spring 2013: January 9 (Prof. Michael Benza), February 13 (Prof. Jonathan Adler), March 13 (Prof. Erik Jensen), April 10 (Prof. Craig Allen Nard), May 8 (Prof. Cassandra Burke Robertson), June 12 (Prof. Daniel Jaffe) 

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