“Terrorism’s Impact on Criminal Justice: How the Detection, Investigation, and Prosecution of Criminal Activity Has Changed Since 9/11.”

On Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, the Elon Law Review presented a symposium examining criminal law issues emerging in the decade since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The goals of the symposium were:

  • to analyze how the legal landscape has changed due to the increased dedication of policing resources to “the war on terror” and terrorism detection;
  • to examine the impact of resulting criminal legislation and political focus on terrorism in areas such as the civil rights of suspected terrorists and others, law enforcement tactics, new investigatory practices, and new issues impacting the prosecutorial function.

The symposium looked beyond terrorism, exploring practical legal implications caused by changes to the political landscape resulting from the 9/11 attacks.

The symposium was a CLE approved event and attorneys attending received 4.5 credit hours towards their general hours requirement. The symposium was open to all members of the community. There was no admission cost for this event. Please contact the Symposium Editor of the Elon Law Review with any questions at lawreviewsymposium@elon.edu.

Participants at the Symposium

The Honorable V. Stuart Couch, Immigration Judge, Charlotte Immigration Court;

Arnold Loewy, George R. Killam Jr. Chair of Criminal Law, Texas Tech School of Law;

Tim Lynch, Director of the Project on Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute;

Everette Penn, Associate Professor of Criminology, University of Houston-Clear Lake;

Keith Petty, U.S. Army JAG Corps, legal advisor to the Commanding General, 5th Signal Command;

Michael Rich, Assistant Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law;

Julian Sanchez, Research Fellow at the Cato Institute;

Tung Yin, Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School.


  • Investigation: How judicial and legislative interpretations of the Fourth and Fifth Amendment have changed.
  • Civil liberties: How the war on terror has affected the use of informants and the status of civil liberties in post 9-11 America.
  • Prosecution: How the prosecution of crimes has changed with the use of social media, immigration and military prosecutions.