Zengerle Speaks at Conference on Domestic Defense
Professor Joseph Zengerle, Executive Director of the law school's Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers, spoke on the topic The Posse Comitatus Act in a Post 9/11 World at a one-day symposium entitled DOMESTIC DEFENSE 2009: The Expanding Role of U.S. Military Forces in Defending America. The symposium was held in Washington, D.C., on March 11, 2009, as part of the GovSec, U.S. Law Conference and Exhibition and featured a keynote speech by Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, Deputy Commander, U.S. Northern Command.
Zengerle discussed recent calls for U.S. forces to become involved in natural disasters or domestic attacks carried out by chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive means; the prevention of such military action by the Posse Comitatus Act; and the Pentagon's awareness of the need for domestic defense in today's world.
The symposium was designed to inform the military, emergency response, and law enforcement communities about the expanding role the military plays in the nation's domestic defense.