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Ihlenfeld Lecture to explore Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —The Honorable James G. Carr, Senior Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, will deliver the 22nd annual Charles L. Ihlenfeld Lecture on Public Policy and Ethics on Wednesday, March 26 at 12 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Carr’s lecture will focus on the myths and realities of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). FISA outlines the procedures for requesting authorization from the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to use physical and electronic surveillance for national security purposes.

Carr served as a judge for the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 2002 to 2008. He is also co-author of “The Law of Electronic Surveillance” (Thomson-Reuters), a two-volume treatise that analyzes the government’s use of electronic devices to gather evidence.

In 1994, Carr was nominated to be a federal district judge by President Bill Clinton. Prior to that, he had served 16 years as a United States magistrate judge. A graduate of Kenyon College and Harvard Law School, Carr began his law career in private practice in Chicago.

The Charles L. Ihlenfeld (1908-89) Lecture annually brings to the WVU College of Law distinguished speakers in public service and ethics. A prominent lawyer for 56 years and a former mayor of Wheeling, W.Va., Ihlenfeld devoted much of his life to public service. These lectures, established in his memory, honor a life and career marked by significant contributions to the practice of law, to the legal profession, and to civic affairs of his state and community.

Admission to the Ihlenfeld Lecture is free and the public is invited to attend. A reception in the WVUCollege of Law lobby will follow the lecture.



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