National Security, Individual Liberty, and You

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Marquette University Law School, the Milwaukee Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, and the Milwaukee Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society invite you to join us for a conference.

National Security, Individual Liberty, and You

Thursday, June 2, 2016
8:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Marquette University Law School
Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall

4 CLE credits

What happened on September 11, 2001, changed America. The coordinated terror attacks on the homeland led the U.S. government to enact new laws and take additional steps to protect national security. But has the government gone too far? Join us at Eckstein Hall on Thursday, June 2, for a conference presented by Marquette University Law School, as we address key questions presented by a post-9/11 world. To what extent have national security interests appropriately required government surveillance or restrictions on individual liberty beyond the historical norm? How are national security tools being used locally? How has the law changed to address concerns about the bulk collection of metadata from Americans' phone calls? The conference will also consider issues implicated by the recent legal battle over the FBI's attempt to force Apple to unlock an iPhone used by a San Bernardino terrorist.

Welcome—Joseph D. Kearney, Dean and Professor of Law, Marquette University

Introduction and Historical Perspective—Hon. Steven M. Biskupic, Biskupic & Jacobs; Adjunct Professor, Marquette University Law School; and former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Session I—National Security and Individual Liberty in a Post-9/11 World

  • Faiza Patel, Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law
  • Hon. Michael B. Mukasey, of counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton; former Attorney General of the United States; and former U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York
  • Mike Gousha, Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy, Marquette University Law School


Session II—Local Uses of National Security Tools

  • Edward A. Flynn, Chief of the Milwaukee Police Department
  • Hon. Pamela Pepper, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Attorney Steven Biskupic, former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Session III—Meta-Data Collection, the Patriot Act, and the Drafting of the USA Freedom Act of 2015

  • Hon. F. James Sensenbrenner, U.S. Representative, 5th Congressional District of Wisconsin
  • Mike Gousha, Marquette University Law School

Session IV—Post 9-11 Effects on Milwaukee’s Muslim Community

  • Janan Najeeb, President, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition
  • Mike Gousha, Marquette University Law School


Session V—The Intersection and Conflict Between National Security and Technology

  • Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union Speech, Privacy and Technology Project
  • Stewart A. Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson; and former first Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security

Closing Remarks (conclude at 1:30 p.m.)

The conference is supported by the Law School's Lubar Fund for Public Policy Research and is complimentary, but advance registration is required.

Conference Planning Group: Steven M. Biskupic, Mike Gousha, Joseph D. Kearney, Jonathan D. Richards, Michael S. Sperling, and CJ Szafir

Questions? Contact Christine Wilczynski‐Vogel, Marquette Law School Associate Dean for External Relations, Events, and Facilities ( or 414.288.3167)