The New Age of Government Surveillance

Co-sponsored by the Law & Public Policy Program, Law and Public Policy Society, Institute for Communications Law Studies, American Constitution Society, Military and National Security Law Student Association, Republican National Lawyers Association, and Federalist Society

 Tuesday, October 22, 2013
4:30 to 6:00 PM
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom

Light refreshments to follow in the atrium

The Department of Justice obtained phone records of Associated Press journalists, Edward Snowden leaked information about the NSA-PRISM Program, and the FISA Court ordered Verizon to turn over metadata in the form of call logs to the NSA—the balance between privacy and national security is ripe for discussion!  Join us to hear speakers from the Newseum’s First Amendment Center, the National Security Project of the ACLU, and private practice talk about government surveillance from a variety of perspectives. 



Gene Policinski is chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and senior vice president of the Newseum’s First Amendment Center. Mr. Policinski is a veteran journalist whose career has included work in newspapers, radio, television and online.  Mr. Policinski co-writes the weekly, nationally distributed column, "Inside the First Amendment." He received a regional Emmy award in 2011 as executive producer of the public television program "Speaking Freely," produced by the First Amendment Center.

Anne T. McKenna, CUA,`91(B.A.) and `94(JD) is a partner with Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, White, where she chairs the firm’s Internet and Privacy Law Practice Group. Ms. McKenna handles a wide range of Internet, cellular, technology, and privacy-related legal and regulatory matters for private, government and institutional clients nationwide and in federal and state courts across the country.  With CUA Professor Cliff Fishman, Ms. McKenna co-authored Wiretapping & Eavesdropping, 2nd Ed.; Jones on Evidence, 7th Ed., and Wiretapping & Eavesdropping: Surveillance in the Internet Age, 3rd Ed.

Brett Max Kaufman is the National Security Fellow in the ACLU's National Security Project.  A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Kaufman has served as a foreign law clerk to Israeli Supreme Court Justice Asher Dan Grunis and as a volunteer attorney at Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement.  He also has served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to the Hon. Lewis A. Kaplan of the U.S. District Court of New York. 

 Discussion Moderators: Law and Public Policy Program members — Michelle Lease, ’14 and Michael Flynn, ’14 

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