Lecture: A Better Secret Court

Thursday, September 05, 2013
12:00 PM
McQuade Law Auditorium
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The University of Toledo College of Law presents

 

James G. Carr

United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio

 

A Better Secret Court

Congress created the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 1978 as a check on executive authority. Recent disclosures about vast data-gathering by the National Security Agency as part of its PRISM surveillance program have raised concerns about the legitimacy of the court’s actions.

James G. Carr, a senior federal judge for the Northern District of Ohio who served on the FISA Court from 2002 to 2008, will discuss the FISA Court’s history and its recent controversy. He will suggest, as he did in a New York Times Op-Ed this summer, that Congress take a simple step to restore confidence in the court’s impartiality and integrity: authorize its judges to appoint lawyers to serve the public interest when novel legal issues come before it.

Free and open to the public. Pizza provided.

 


James G. Carr is a senior federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He was nominated by President William J. Clinton in 1994, and served on the FISA Court from 2002 - 2008 and as chief judge from 2004 - 2010.

Before being appointed to the federal bench, Judge Carr spent time in private practice in Chicago, as a professor at The University of Toledo College of Law, and as a magistrate for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

He is a graduate of Kenyon College and Harvard Law School.

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