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Today's podcast features a conversation with attorney Eric Blinderman, International Litigation Counsel at Proskauer Rose. From March 2004 until December 2006, Eric took a leave of absence from Proskauer to serve in Iraq, first as Associate General Counsel for the Coalition Provisional Authority, and later as Chief Litigation Counsel and Associate Deputy to the Regime Crimes Liason's Office.
While he was in Iraq, Eric advised the Iraqi High Tribunal as it prosecuted members of the former regime, including Saddam Hussein. At just around the time he left for Iraq, one of Eric's side projects finally came to fruition -- the restaurant he had been planning for some time, Mas, opened to critical acclaim. Eric was on a plane to the Middle East on the night Mas opened.
Topics include, among other things: his quick jump from biglaw litigation associate to Iraq, leaving behind his restaurant, the role of the Regime Crimes Liason's Office, gathering evidence in a war torn country, some significant differences between U.S. criminal process and the Iraqi High Tribunal, and the courage of the Iraqis who participated in the trial of Saddam Hussein and his co-defendants.
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