2011-2012 Symposium

The theme of the 2011-2012 Symposium was “Smartphones and the Fourth Amendment: The Future of Privacy in Our Hands.”  The Symposium took place on Friday March 23, 2012.

This Symposium explored the constitutional implications of smartphone technology, focused on the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The smartphone as currently developed implicates existing Fourth Amendment doctrine involving data privacy, email privacy, phone privacy, photo privacy, workplace privacy, GPS tracking technology, cloud technology, social media, the Third Party Doctrine, and generalized expectations of privacy. Participants in the Symposium will address how existing Fourth Amendment protections can be applied to this new technology.

Featured Speakers

Stephen C. Leckar

Stephen C. Leckar began his legal career in 1973 as a Legislative Assistant to United States Senator Herman E. Talmadge. He then served as a trial attorney with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, in Washington, D.C. He was principally responsible for investigating and prosecuting commodity futures and commodity options fraud cases, typically against “boilershop” operators, and a market manipulation case. These cases were litigated in federal courts across the country, as well as before agency administrative law judges.  Please click here for full bio.

Chris Calabrese

Christopher Calabrese is the legislative counsel for privacy-related issues in theAmerican Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office (WLO). Prior to joining the WLO, Calabrese served as project counsel to the ACLU Technology & Liberty Project (TLP). As legislative counsel, Calabrese leads the office’s advocacy efforts related to privacy and the responsible use of technology, developing proactive strategies on pending federal legislation and executive branch actions concerning data collection, surveillance, and identification systems. Please click here for full bio.