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Seminar opposing anthrax program set for Saturday


Army Times
By Gayle S. Putrich, Staff writer

Opponents of the Pentagon's plan to resume mandatory anthrax vaccinations are acting fast to get the word out on the drug by hosting a day-long seminar in Washington on Saturday.

The Anthrax Continuing Legal Education Seminar will be hosted by Byron Holcomb, a retired Navy judge advocate general and one of the attorneys representing anthrax victims. The seminar will be held at the offices of Holcomb's law firm, Garvey, Schubert and Barer, in Georgetown's Flour Mill Building, 1000 Potomac St. NW.

Lawyers who have worked on three key cases in the battle over the mandatory vaccination program will speak, including Mark Zaid, who represented the six anonymous plaintiffs in the federal Doe v. Rumsfeld case.

But the seminar will not be limited to legal questions. Also speaking will be former service members who say they suffered adverse effects from the anthrax shots and medical professionals, including Dr. Mark Geier, of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, and anthrax expert Dr. Meryl Nass.

For more information or to attend the conference, contact Kathryn Coulter at (202) 419-3257.