China was involved in 90 percent of all economic espionage cases handled by the Department of Justice over the last seven years, according to a report submitted last December to the Senate Intelligence Committee. This fact illustrates a new backdrop for thousands of Twin Cities S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professionals of all ethnicities navigating career opportunities and avoiding pitfalls in the 21st Century of U.S.-China relations.
Please join us for a program focused on educating all Twin Cities S.T.E.M. professionals, academics, and students-many of whom are Asian American-on two competing and ever-emerging phenomena in the U.S. justice system: potential threats on national security and economic espionage with the ascendancy of China on the one hand, and on the other, the potential racial profiling of Asians and Asian Pacific Americans resulting in accusations, such as the cases of Dr. Wen Ho Lee, Professor Xi Xiaoxing, and hydrologist Sherry Chen.
Featured speakers will include Brian Sun, a Los Angeles lawyer who represented Dr. Lee and Peter Zeidenberg, a Washington D.C.-based attorney who represented Dr. Xi and Ms. Chen. The government perspective will be represented by Jay Bratt, the Chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, who will speak about U.S. efforts to safeguard national security and curb economic espionage.
The program is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's China Center, the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's Diversity Committee, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota's Outreach Committee, and Kingsfield Law Office.