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Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Homeland security as a practice

At the Bar/by Maggie Mulvihill
Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Like it or not, homeland security is big business in the post 9/11 world - a fact not lost on attorneys across the world.

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Millions of dollars in federal research money is becoming available to businesses or researchers developing products or services to help protect the nation against terrorist threats and attacks.

Whether designing detectors for chemical and biological attacks, defense vaccines and treatment programs or computer networks to track foreigners operating clandestine operations within our borders, the U.S. and state governments are looking for American companies and educational institutions to come up with ways to help safeguard the country.

Lawyers will have to advise clients on myriad complex legal problems from navigating complicated government contracts to protecting the clients' work through intellectual property laws . . .. There are also [product/third-party] liability . . . issues . . ..

[Only a few] firms nationwide . . . are aggressively developing practice groups in the legal arena of homeland security.

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