June 3, 2008 – Susan Herman, Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, has co-edited a book based on the first symposium held to examine issues of federalism raised by the “war on terror.” Titled Terrorism, Government, and Law: National Authority and Local Autonomy in the War on Terror (Praeger Security International 2008) (co-editor P. Finkelman), the book features the work of contributors from the David G. Trager Public Policy Symposium, “Our New Federalism? National Authority and Local Autonomy in the War on Terror,” which Professor Herman organized at Brooklyn Law School in November 2003.
The symposium papers were published in the Brooklyn Law Review in 2004. With Albany Law School’s President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow of Government Law Center Paul Finkelman, who participated in the Trager Symposium, Professor Herman worked over the last four years to update and revise the papers to take account of developments and changes since that time. While the federal government’s response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center has received much attention, state and local governments’ responses have not. Professor Herman and Finkelman’s new book now makes available to a much larger audience the most updated arguments concerning this important issue.
Professor Herman is a widely regarded expert on the Supreme Court, particularly in the area of criminal procedure. Among her many professional activities, she serves as general counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union, and as a member of its national board of directors and executive committee. She has written a number of amicus briefs for U.S. Supreme Court cases in the area of criminal procedure and constitutional law, and she is often quoted in the media on important Supreme Court cases. She is also the author of numerous law review articles and other books, and she teaches a seminar at Brooklyn Law School, Terrorism and Civil Liberties, which addresses both civil liberties and federalism issues that have grown out of government responses to terrorism.