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August 28, 2012

SEMINOLE – Eleven years after the 9/11 attacks, a nationally acclaimed constitutional law attorney will explore how the response of America’s leaders to this and other national crises have impacted constitutional liberties in a multi-media presentation at St. Petersburg College.

Barry Richard, a Tallahassee lawyer who successfully led the legal defense team of George W. Bush in the contested 2000 presidential election, will speak on “Security, Pseudo-Patriotism and the Erosion of American Liberties” from 6-8 p.m. September 12th in the Conference Center at the Seminole Campus of SPC, 9200 113th Street North. His presentation is an examination of legislation proposed and passed in the name of national security from the nation’s founding to the post-9/11 era, with references to the writ of habeas corpus adapted by the Founding Fathers from 17th Century England.

The program is the second in St. Petersburg College’s new Village Square initiative, a town hall-type policy forum that explores topical issues over dinner, in an atmosphere free of political rancor or partisanship. The Village Square is sponsored by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions. Co-sponsoring this presentation are The Tampa Bay Times, WUSF Public Media, and WEDU.

Richard was named one of two Lawyers of the Year in 2001 by the National Law Journal, which also recognized him as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” He has been referred to as a lawyer with the power to “shape public affairs, launch industries, shake things up and get things done.” In representing Mr. Bush in the 2000 presidential election litigation, he managed 46 lawsuits and personally argued several critical cases on behalf of Mr. Bush. Under both Republican and Democratic administrations, he has been retained as special counsel to the Governor, the Florida Senate, the Florida House, Florida Attorney General, Secretary of State and Department of Insurance, among others.

Tickets for the event are $30 for Village Square members or $40 for non-members. Advance registration and payment are required, at