2017 Symposium: Katz at 50: The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

Join us for ACLR's 2017 symposium, "Katz at 50: The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age" on Friday, March 3, 2017.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Katz v. United States. That decision -- which introduced the notion of a "reasonable expectation of privacy" as the standard for defining searches under the Fourth Amendment -- has shaped the landscape of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence and defined the ways in which we approach crime, privacy, and national security.

On March 3, 2017, scholars, practitioners, and policymakers will come together to analyze the legacy of the Katz decision and discuss how it has shaped our work in these fields and affected different communities in our society. Most notably, we will evaluate whether Katz remains a viable Fourth Amendment in today's digital world, asking ourselves the question: if not privacy, then what?

We encourage you to join us for each of our discussions, listed on the event page, as well as our cocktail reception following the event.

The American Criminal Law Review's 2017 Symposium is co-sponsored by the Georgetown Center on Privacy & Technology, the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, and the Georgetown Law Technology Review.

RSVP for the event here

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2017 Symposium Schedule of Events


12:00-12:30 P.M.

Lunch Available for Speakers

Check-in: Hart Auditorium Lobby


12:45-1:00 P.M.

Welcome Remarks

Rebecca English, American Criminal Law Review


1:00-1:15 P.M.

Keynote Address 

Richard Downing, United States Department of Justice


1:15-2:30 P.M.

Panel 1 - Privacy in Public Surveillance

Moderated by Alvaro Bedoya, Georgetown Center for Privacy and Technology

Jennifer Lynch, Electronic Frontier Foundation

David Gray, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Margaret Hu, Washington & Lee University School of Law

Rachel Levinson-Waldman, NYU Brennan Center for Justice


2:30 P.M.-3:45 P.M.

Panel 2 - Katz at 50: Modern Approaches to the 4th Amendment 

Moderated by Paul Ohm, Georgetown University Law Center

Laura Donohue, Georgetown University Law Center

Morgan Cloud, Emory School of Law

Stephen Henderson, University of Oklahoma College of Law

Kiel Brennan-Marquez, New York University Law School

Elizabeth Goitein, NYU Brennan Center for Justice

3:45-4:00 P.M.

Coffee Break


4:00-5:15 P.M.

Panel 3 - Racial Impacts of Surveillance 

Andrew Ferguson, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law 

W. David Ball, Santa Clara University Law

 Christy Lopez, Georgetown University Law Center 

Arjun Sethi, Georgetown University Law Center


5:15-5:30 P.M.

Closing Remarks


5:30-6:30 P.M.


Hart Auditorium Lobby