LMU Law Review to Present Symposuim on National Security and Digital Surveillance in the United States

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Keynote speakers include "The Shadow Factory" author James Bamford and former NSA Deputy Director Chris Inglis

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The Symposium, entitled "The Snowden Effect: The Impact of Spilling National Secrets," will focus on the implications of the actions of former government contractor Edward Snowden.

The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Law Review will present the Sandra C. Ruffin Memorial Symposium on Friday, January 30, 2015, at the LMU-John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) in downtown Knoxville. The Symposium, entitled “The Snowden Effect: The Impact of Spilling National Secrets,” will focus on the implications of the actions of former government contractor Edward Snowden -- characterized by some as an heroic whistleblower and by others as a traitor.

James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, and Chris Inglis, a former deputy director of the National Security Agency (NSA), are among a panel of eight experts with varying views and perspectives on the need to balance U.S. national security interests with individual citizens’ right to privacy. The event will feature morning and afternoon sessions and will conclude with a roundtable discussion. Lunch will be served.

Bamford will discuss the transformation of the NSA since September 11, 2001, as the agency has increasingly turned its high-tech gaze within America’s borders. He will describe how the NSA’s missed opportunity to thwart two of the 9/11 hijackers has led to a heightening of surveillance to ensure such a mistake never happens again. Inglis will present on the topic “National Security in the Age of Cyberspace – Can Convergence, Security, Privacy and Transparency Co-Exist?” His lecture will cover both the framework for, and real-world examples of, U.S. efforts to achieve the reconciliation of various principles embodied in the Constitution, which both establish and constrain the work of the federal government.

The Symposium will also feature former American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) National Security Fellow and current teaching fellow at the New York University School of Law Brett Max Kaufman; University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law Associate Professor Richard Broughton; Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Legislative Analyst Mark Jaycox; LMU-DSOL Associate Professor Melanie Reid, a former federal prosecutor; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent and Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Coordinator Beth O’Brien; and Elisabeth Cook, a member of President Obama’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). Full bios and program details are available at http://digitalcommons.lmunet.edu/lmulrev/. For more information call 865.545.5328.

The program is free and open to the public. The cost of the optional lunch is $5. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit will be available at the Symposium, including five general hours and one and a half hours of dual credit for a total of six and a half hours. The fee for participants seeking CLE credit is either $25 (includes lunch) or $20 (without lunch). Registration is required for the CLE credit. E-mail Kathy Baughman at kathy.baughman@lmunet.edu to register.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at http://www.lmunet.edu/law.

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