The Committee of 100 Convenes Legal Experts, Prominent Chinese American Scientists for Seminar on Economic Espionage and Trade Secrets
NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Committee of 100 (C-100) hosted a seminar at Jones Day’sWashington, D.C. office on September 16, 2015 on the denial of due process in economic espionage cases involving Chinese Americans and the risks in advancing technology between the U.S. and China. The seminar highlighted a growing number of criminal prosecutions which appear to have elements of racial discrimination and emphasized the need for the Department of Justice to rigorously enforce its own non-discrimination policies.
The September 16 seminar is one in a series of programs launched in 2012 by C-100. Similar events have been led by C-100 members who are legal experts in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. These seminars enhance awareness and understanding of U.S. laws governing economic espionage and trade secrets, particularly among Asian Americans professionals, government employees, and contractors in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
The program featured a presentation by C-100 member and legal expert Brian Sun, who has represented a number of high profile clients, including Dr. Wen Ho Lee, a Chinese American scientist whose case of alleged espionage received national attention for lack of due process and biased investigative procedures. Following Mr. Sun’s presentation, there was a panel discussion with C-100 co-founder Henry Tang, who played an active role in the case of Dr. Wen Ho Lee; Sherry Chen, a federal employee who was suspended from her job last year based on economic espionage charges that were then dropped by prosecutors; Dr. Xiaoxing Xi, a professor atTemple University who was charged with sharing sensitive technology with China until charges were dropped by prosecutors on Friday, September 11, 2015; and Peter Zeidenberg, Partner at Arent Fox LLP and Ms. Chen and Dr. Xi’s attorney.
“Programs such as the September 16 seminar are a continuation of C-100’s historic efforts to advance the full inclusion of Chinese Americans in American society,” says C-100 Acting Chairman Herman Li, “and complement our efforts to collaborate with leaders in Congress, other Asian Pacific American organizations, and the U.S. government to address these critical issues.”
In 1999 and 2000, the Committee led a coalition to raise national awareness of the denial of due process in the Wen Ho Lee case of alleged espionage. This year, the C-100 participated in a press conference and issued statements supporting a May 22 petition letter led by Congressman Ted Lieu and 21 of his colleagues to Attorney General Loretta Lynch expressing concern that racial profiling was involved in charges against Sherry Chen and in similar cases. On September 4, C-100 led a coalition of seven national Asian Pacific American groups to call on Attorney General Lynch to examine a growing number of criminal prosecutions with elements of racial discrimination and to work with Asian American groups to ensure the U.S. government can defend national security interests while upholding civil liberties for all Americans.
The Committee of 100 is a U.S. 501(c)(3) leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, and the arts. For over a quarter century, the Committee has monitored issues affecting Chinese Americans and served as a high-level bridge in the U.S.-China dialogue fostering regular exchanges with the leadership of Beijing, Taipei, and Washington. In 1999, the Committee led a coalition to raise national awareness of the denial of due process in the Wen Ho Lee case of alleged espionage. C-100 leads a series of informational seminars throughout the U.S. on the complex legal environment surrounding trade secrets, economic espionage, and export controls; the next event in this series will take place on September 16, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
纽约，2015年9月22日/PR Newswire – US Newswire/ — 2015年9月16日，百人会在众达国际法律事务所（Jones Day）华盛顿办公室举办了一场研讨会，就牵涉美籍华裔的经济间谍案件中被告遭剥夺正当法律程序，以及促进中美两国科技交流时所存在的风险等议题进行了深入探讨。研讨会突出了一系列具有种族歧视性质的刑事控诉案件，并强调了联邦司法部严格执行其非歧视性政策的必要性。
此次研讨会由百人会成员、法律专家孙自华（Brian Sun）主讲，孙先生曾代理过多位高知名度的客户，其中包括李文和博士（美籍华裔科学家，被指控经济间谍行为，由于案件未经正当法律程序以及侦查程序具有偏见，备受全国关注）。孙先生演讲结束之后，紧接着进行的是专题讨论环节，参与嘉宾包括百人会联合创始人邓兆祥（Henry Tang）（邓先生在李文和博士的案件中发挥了积极作用）、陈霞芬女士（联邦雇员，因经济间谍指控被迫停职，之后检察官撤消了指控）、郗小星博士（天普大学教授，被指控向中国泄露敏感技术信息，后于2015年9月11日，检察官撤消了指控），以及二位涉案人士的代理律师、Arent Fox律所合伙人Peter Zeidenberg。