Aspen: NORML Comes to Town
Dateline Aspen: Today is the final day of the NORML Aspen legal seminar. Troy Hooper of the Aspen Daily News (link fixed) takes a look at the first day's events including my presentation on Terrorism and the War on Drugs: The Shrinking of the Constitution.
Gerry and Chris Goldstein once again have opened their home to all of us, hosting a very fun pre-dinner Wednesday night and a NORML benefit dinner last night. Last night's dinner was attended by more than 50 people, and included Aspen Sheriff Bob Braudis (recovering from bronchitis, it was his first day out) and Anita and Juan Thompson (Hunter Thompson's wife and son). Chris Lanter, the incredible chef of Aspen's Cache-Cache restaurant, took charge in the kitchen and contributed not only his time but all of the food. Why? He told me:
It's really a privilege for me, an honor for me, to be included in this. It's something I feel very strongly about.... NORML is a great organization.
I took some video of Chris describing the menu items which I hope to post in the next few days. His passion for food, Aspen and being part of the event really came through.
After dinner, NORML presented a post-humous award to Journalist Hunter S. Thomspon, and both Anita and Juan Thompson, Hunter's wife and son, spoke to us of Hunter's appreciation for criminal defense lawyers and his passion for civil liberties.
This is a very inter-generational event. From Michael Stepanian, Gerry Goldstein, Hal Haddon and Keith Stroup down to new practitioners and even law clerks (including one for Texas federal judge Edward Prado)
This afternoon we'll all be at Hunter and Anita's Owl Farm in Woody Creek for a "High Tea." Pictures to follow.
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