Mass Surveillance

Mass Surveillance Panel


A draft of Chris Slobogin’s Paper is forthcoming.


Panel Keynote

Christopher Slobogin, Vanderbilt Law SchoolCSlobogin
Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Criminal Justice Program

Chris Slobogin has authored more than 100 articles, books and chapters on topics relating to criminal procedure, mental health law and evidence. Named director of Vanderbilt Law School’s Criminal Justice Program in 2009, Professor Slobogin is one of the 10 most cited criminal law and procedure law professors in the nation, according to the Leiter Report. The book Psychological Evaluations for the Courts, which he co-authored with another lawyer and two psychologists, is considered the standard-bearer in forensic mental health; in recognition for his work in that field, he was named an honorary distinguished member of the American Psychology-Law Society in 2008. Professor Slobogin has also served as reporter for the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Law Enforcement and Technology and its Task Force on the Insanity Defense, chair of the Florida Assessment Team for the ABA’s Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project, and co-reporter for standards dealing with mental disability and the death penalty that have been adopted by the ABA, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association.

Before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2008, Professor Slobogin held the Stephen C. O’Connell chair at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. Over the course of his career, he has been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, where he was the Edwin A. Heafey Visiting Scholar, as well as at the law schools of the universities of Virginia, Southern California and California-Hastings. He has also taught at the University of Frankfurt Law School in Germany and the University of Kiev, Ukraine, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has appeared on Good Morning AmericaNightline, the Today Show, National Public Radio, and many other media outlets, and has been cited in more than 2,000 law review articles or treatises and more than 100 judicial opinions, including at the Supreme Court level. Professor Slobogin holds a secondary appointment as a professor in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.

Panel Moderator

Martin Lederman, Georgetown University Law CenterMLederman
Associate Professor of Law

Professor Lederman was Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel from 2009 to 2010, and an Attorney Advisor in OLC from 1994-2002.  From 1988 to 2004, he was an attorney at Bredhoff & Kaiser, where his practice consisted principally of federal litigation, including appeals, on behalf of labor unions, employees and pension funds.  In 2008, with David Barron, he published a two-part article in the Harvard Law Review examining Congress’s authority to regulate the Commander in Chief’s conduct of war.

Prior to rejoining the Department of Justice, he was a regular contributor to several blogs and web sites, including Balkinization, SCOTUSblog, Opinio Juris, and Slate, writing principally on issues relating to separation of powers, war powers, torture, detention, interrogation, international law, treaties, executive branch lawyering, statutory interpretation and the First Amendment.  He served as law clerk to Chief Judge Jack B. Weinstein on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and to Judge Frank M. Coffin on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.


Laura Donohue, Georgetown University Law CenterLDonohue
Professor of Law
Director, Georgetown Center on National Security Law

Laura K. Donohue is a Professor of Law at Georgetown Law and the Director of Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law. She writes on national security and counterterrorist law in the United States and United Kingdom. Her most recent book, The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty (Cambridge University Press) analyzes the impact of American and British counterterrorist law on life, liberty, property, privacy, and free speech.  She is currently writing on drones, the War Powers Resolution, and emerging technologies.  Her articles focus on biometric identification; state secrets; surveillance, data collection, and analysis; extended detention and interrogation; antiterrorist finance and material support; biological weapons; scientific speech; and the history of quarantine law.

Professor Donohue has held fellowships at Stanford Law School’s Center for Constitutional Law, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Fellow in the International Security Program as well as the Executive Session for Domestic Preparedness. In 2001 the Carnegie Corporation named her to its Scholars Program, funding the project, Security and Freedom in the Face of Terrorism. She took up the award at Stanford, where she taught in the Departments of History and Political Science and directed a project for the United States Departments of Justice and State and, later, Homeland Security, on mass-casualty terrorist incidents. In 2008–09 she clerked for Judge John T. Noonan, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Donohue is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Advisory Board Member of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).  She obtained her AB in Philosophy (with Honors) from Dartmouth College, her MA in Peace Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, her JD (with Distinction) from Stanford Law School, and her PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, England.

Irv Gornstein, Georgetown University Law CenterIGornstein
Visiting Professor of Law
Executive Director, Supreme Court Institute

Professor Gornstein is the Executive Director of the Supreme Court Institute and a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law Center. He previously worked at O’Melveny & Myers in the firm’s appellate practice, specializing in Supreme Court litigation. He was also a Lecturer at the Harvard Law School Appellate Advocacy Clinic. Before that, Professor Gornstein worked in the Department of Justice, first in the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division and then at the Solicitor General’s Office. Professor Gornstein has argued 36 cases in the Supreme Court and more than 30 cases in the courts of appeals. He has been recognized as one of the leading appellate lawyers in Chambers USA.