March 26, 2014
Sign a birthday card and have cupcakes to help honor the 100th birthday of Smithmoore P. Myers (“Smitty”), former dean of the Law School. The card, along with video of the celebration and all well-wishes, will be presented to Smitty later that day.
Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor student lounge at the Law School
March 31, 2014
Featuring Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
NSA Mass Spying, the Constitution and You
Because of the work of Edward Snowden and a growing list of journalists around the world, the US government has now admitted that the NSA has been engaged in mass surveillance of Americans along with others around the world. The government vacuums up massive amounts of communications and communications records, then uses various techniques to search and sort through them, claiming that the initial collection is legally justified by the techniques by which it does the sorting and discarding of untargeted material. Cohn will discuss a few of the most controversial programs technically, walk through how the Fourth and First Amendments might apply to them. Cohn will also discuss the status of the various litigation challenges and legislative proposals to reform the NSA, the FISA Court and surveillance law.
The Gonzaga School of Law Quackenbush lecture series, supported by the Federal Judges of the Eastern District of Washington, has featured a variety of talented speakers, intended to honor the achievements of Judge Justin L. Quackenbush.