April 16, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Judge Susan Crawford will give the talk, "Military Commissions: Rhetoric vs. Reality," Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The lecture, which is open to the public, is hosted by the John Marshall Pre-Law Society at Bucknell.

Crawford recently was appointed convening authority for military commissions, including referring charges to trial by military commissions. The convening authority is responsible for overseeing the court appointments, processes, and charges of "alien unlawful enemy combatants," specifically, the trials dealing with the Guantanamo Bay detainees.

A 1969 Bucknell graduate with a degree in history and chair of the Bucknell University Board of Trustees, Crawford holds her law degree from the New England School of Law.

She served for 30 years as a lawyer in numerous positions, culminating in her service as Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces from 1991 to 2006. In that position, she provided civilian oversight to the military justice system, and served as Chief Judge for five years.

Additionally, she has served as the Inspector General for the Department of Defense, the General Counsel of the Army, and the Assistant State's Attorney for Garrett County, Md.

Posted April 16, 2007