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.
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.