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Chief Prosecutor at the Military Commissions Office to discuss prosecuting Guantanamo Bay detainees at Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Colonel Morris Davis

The Chief Prosecutor at the Office of Military Commissions, responsible for prosecuting suspected terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay, will offer the first-ever public speech detailing the U.S. government's rationale for using military commissions to try enemy combatants.

Colonel Morris Davis, chief prosecutor for the Office of Military Commissions in the U.S. Department of Defense, will speak on "The Role of Military Commissions in the Global War on Terrorism" Tuesday, March 7 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland.

Davis's lecture is sponsored by the law school's Institute for Global Security Law and Policy (IGSLP). It is free and open to the public and will be webcast live on the Internet. Viewing information is available at For lawyers who attend the talk, 1.5 hours of free CLE credit will be available.

"We are honored that Colonel Davis has chosen the Case School of Law as the venue in which to give this important talk," said Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy Professor of Law. "It is a tribute to our students' outstanding contribution to the Office of Military Commissions."

Under the supervision of Professor Amos Guiora, director of IGSLP, students have prepared memos on international, criminal and constitutional law issues for Judge Advocate General Corps prosecutors at Guantanamo Bay.

"Case is the only law school chosen to provide research assistance to the OMC," Guiora said. "As a result of our service, Colonel Davis chose to speak at Case on this controversial topic. He sees this as an opportunity to tell the U.S. government's side of the story." Colonel Davis will define military commissions; describe the history of their use and challenges to their use in the U.S.; explain the rules of practice and procedure before such commissions; and describe the road ahead, from the chief prosecutor's perspective.

A Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force for more than 22 years, Davis was appointed to the Office of Military Commissions in September, 2005. He has served as a staff judge advocate four times, including a tour in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, and two tours as a faculty member and deputy commandant of the Air Force's Judge Advocate General's (JAG) School. He has also served as a defense counsel, a circuit prosecutor, and an appellate counsel where he was responsible for Air Force criminal cases filed with the United States Supreme Court. He holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University, a J.D. from North Carolina Central University, and LL.M. degrees from the Army JAG School and from George Washington University.

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