NPR counterterrorism reporter Dina Temple-Raston among headliners for Jan. 29 ‘Law & the Media’ seminar

Dina Temple-Raston of NPR will be among the headliners for the 25th annual “Law and the Media” seminar being put on Saturday, Jan. 29, at the South Texas College of Law in Houston.

The theme will be taking attendees behind the scenes of the biggest counter-terrorism cases of the day.

Raston is counterterrorism correspondent for NPR and author of the book A Death in Texas, about the 1998 slaying of James Byrd, a black man dragged to his death by three white men in Jasper, Texas.

Also slated to speak at the seminar:

  • Jack B. Zimmermann, Houston-based criminal defense lawyer who has represented U.S. servicemembers charged with crimes against suspected Iraqi terrorists and a retired U.S. Marine Reserves colonel;
  • Michael Battle, former U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York and former head of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys;
  • Prof. Geoffrey Corn of South Texas College of Law, an expert in military law, national security and public international law and a retired Army lieutenant colonel;
  • And speaking by teleconference will be Maher Arar, a computer engineer who was rendered by American authorities to Syria.

Remember — journalists, communications professionals and journalism students get in free! Cost for attorneys is $40 with advance reservations (due by Jan. 27) or $50 at the door. Attorneys get 3 hours of continuing ed credit.

Sign up now using the registration form below! You can mail in the registration form or e-mail it to

The event runs from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the law library on the 6th floor of the South Texas College of Law, 1303 San Jacinto St., Houston.

Photo: Security teams at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002. Photo from photostream of flickr user Marion Doss, formally credited to U.S. Navy/Photographer’s Mate First Class Shane T. McCoy, under a Creative Commons license.