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May 2007 , Page 45 

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Neal R. Sonnett: Voice of Liberty

By Albert J. Krieger

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Neal Sonnett: Honored as the Profession’s Voice of Liberty

The American Bar Association responded to the tragedy of 9/11 by enlisting the services of its most sensitive and capable members to assure our country that its dedication to liberty would not suffer in our efforts at self-defense. Three ABA task forces were created, the Task Force on Domestic Surveillance in the Fight Against Terrorism, the Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of Powers Doctrine, and the Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants. Neal R. Sonnett was named as chair of two, tasks that serve as a metaphor in many ways for the professional life of one of the most skilled courtroom trial lawyers in our country, border to border and ocean to ocean.

As a past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and as current president of the American Judicature Society, Neal has graced, and continues to grace, many pulpits. When Justice Anthony

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