The School of Law announced a new program in homeland security on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
The program is titled the Judge Alfred P. Murrah Center for Homeland Security Law and Policy. The name calls to mind the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building which was destroyed in a bombing by Timothy McVeigh on April 19, 1995. The center will formally launch during the weekend of April 19, 2015, which marks the 20th anniversary of the bombing.
The center will examine the legal and policy issues central to protecting and securing the nation, with a focus on the prevention of domestic terrorism.
The Murrah Center plans to offer analysis of legal issues that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security faces. These include national security, counter terrorism, disaster and crisis management, domestic use of armed forces, cyber security and more.
It also plans to serve as a voice from the private sector, whose opinion is often overlooked during discussions of national security. The center will voice concerns of states, towns and municipalities to provide support to the public on matters of homeland security.
School of Law alumnus and Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb began the press conference on Tuesday, and congratulated the School of Law on expanding into this important realm of law and justice studies.