Introducing Like Snowflakes in December
I am a writer and a lawyer who teaches professionals how to use writing as the foundation for business development through Ari Kaplan Advisors. I was privileged to write an article for the GW Law School alumni magazine in the summer of 2006 and had the opportunity to speak with a number of outstanding military lawyers, private practitioners and professors involved in the litigation concerning detainees at Guantanamo Bay. That research inspired me to begin videotaping subsequent interviews for the benefit of those interested in learning more.
“Like Snowflakes in December” is meant to be a documentary archive of the perspectives of the lawyers working on issues associated with detainees at Guantanamo Bay. It is in many ways a celebration of the extraordinary work being done by attorneys on both sides of the issue (though securing video interviews of civilian and military prosecutors – past and present – has, to date, been elusive). My hope is that this project becomes a resource for individuals seeking to understand the Guantanamo litigation and learn from the individual insights of each lawyer involved.
With the Supreme Court set to hear its third Guantanamo case this fall, these interviews may help to provide some unique perspectives for those interested in the issue. Despite the fact that these cases have political implications, I am trying to provide a balanced vehicle for the lawyers involved to tell their stories and for others to perhaps find inspiration in their work. I hope to offer a point/counterpoint series that will provide an inside look at an issue with very few insiders.
I have extraordinary respect for those working on this issue on both sides. As a lawyer, writer and public speaker, I spend much of my time promoting ways to find satisfaction in the profession and have always felt fortunate to be a member of the bar. My writing often spotlights remarkable companies and individuals. [I am fully funding the production and distribution of this project, but would certainly consider apolitical commercial sponsors.]
The name of the project comes from former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In the fall of 2001, the U.S. military reportedly began dropping leaflets over Afghanistan offering bounties to individuals that assisted the military with the capture of suspected terrorists. Former Secretary Rumsfeld described the image of the leaflets falling from the sky as “like snowflakes in December.”
Please feel free to watch this trailer for the series, set to begin on November 1, 2007, and for the related documentary I hope to produce (a copy of the treatment is available upon request):