2008 National Conference » Speakers

Noel Saleh

Immediate Past President, ACCESS

Noel Saleh is the immediate past president of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) Board of Directors. He has been on the ACCESS Executive Committee since 1988. Noel has been an attorney for thirty years, specializing in Immigration Law and Civil Liberties litigation. Following September 11th, Noel took a sabbatical from private practice to join the staff of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Michigan. At the ACLU he spearheaded their “Safe and Free – Civil Liberties Under Assault Post 9/11” project challenging provisions of the USA-PATRIOT Act and other actions which threatened core American values contained in the U.S. Constitution. He held that position for three years and recently returned to private practice in November of 2006. In addition to the ACCESS Board, Noel serves on the boards of the National Immigration Forum (NIF); Rights Working Group (RWG); Executive Board of the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit and was a member of the Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Security, Wartime Anxiety and the Erosion of Civil Liberties
Polly Baca, President and CEO, Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA)
Eric Muller, Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina School of Law
Noel Saleh, Immediate Past President, ACCESS
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Capitol 1, 4th Floor
Topic: Diversity, Democracy, and Social Justice

The Patriot Act of 2001 and American Democracy: A Town Hall Meeting
Lloyd Inui, Professor Emeritus, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, California State University, Long Beach
Dale Minami, Partner, Minami & Tamaki
Noel Saleh, Immediate Past President, ACCESS
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Mineral Hall F & G, 3rd Floor
Topic: Diversity, Democracy, and Social Justice