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For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2014

Contact:
Alvaro Bedoya
Alvaro.Bedoya@law.georgetown.edu
(202) 662-9779

Georgetown Law Privacy Center Announces Inaugural Conference on 40th Anniversary of Privacy Act and Amendments to Freedom of Information Act

 Judge Laurence H. Silberman, Key Participant in 1974 Debate, to Keynote

Washington, D.C. [9/29/14] – Today, the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law announced its inaugural conference entitled, “The Privacy Act @40: A Celebration and Appraisal on the 40th Anniversary of the Privacy Act and the 1974 Amendments to the Freedom of Information Act.” The conference will take place at Georgetown Law on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

The conference will feature a keynote address from the Honorable Laurence H. Silberman, Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown.  Judge Silberman served as Deputy Attorney General in 1974. He successfully urged President Gerald Ford to veto the FOIA Amendments, only to see the President’s veto overridden by a close Senate vote. Judge Silberman will share his observations about the role both statutes have played from his unique vantage point as a former senior Executive Branch official, U.S. Ambassador, and long-serving appellate judge.

The conference will also feature open government advocates and congressional staffers who worked on the Privacy Act and the 1974 FOIA Amendments, lawyers who litigated many of the key cases under both statutes, scholars who have written important commentary on the history of federal open government laws, and privacy and open government experts who will share their views on how these important federal information laws need to be modernized. 

An agenda for the conference can be found below. To RSVP for the event, please email privacy@law.georgetown.edu

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The Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law is a think tank that aims to bridge the gap between the policy and academic worlds on privacy. Its inaugural panel discussion featured the first-ever live debate between leading academic experts, a senior intelligence community official, and a whistleblower on a little-known intelligence authority. Founded in July, the Center is led by Faculty Directors Professor Julie Cohen, Professor David Vladeck, Professor Laura Donohue and Professor Angela Campbell and Executive Director Alvaro Bedoya. You can follow the Center on Twitter @GeorgetownCPT. 

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The Privacy Act @40

A Celebration and Appraisal on the 40th Anniversary of the Privacy Act and the 1974 Amendments to the Freedom of Information Act

October 30, 2014

Agenda

9 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome from Dean William Treanor, Georgetown Law

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Panel I: The Origins of the Privacy Act and the 1974 FOIA Amendments 
A discussion of the events that led to the legislation’s passage and its early litigation.

  • Mark Lynch, Partner, Covington & Burling
  • Katherine Meyer, Partner, Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal
  • James Rule, Distinguished Affiliated Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Tom Susman, Director, Government Affairs, American Bar Association
  • David Vladeck (LL.M. ’77) (Moderator), Professor of Law, Director, Center on Privacy and Technology, Georgetown Law

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Break 

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Panel II: The Privacy Act Today
A discussion of the challenges currently confronting the Privacy Act statutory framework, and whether the statute is or isn’t well-suited to meet them.

  • Khaliah Barnes (L’11), Administrative Law Counsel and Director, Student Privacy Project, Electronic Privacy Information Center
  • Bob Gellman, Privacy and Information Policy Consultant
  • Erika Brown Lee, Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Deirdre Mulligan (L’94), Associate Professor, UC Berkeley School of Information
  • Alan Raul, Partner, Sidley & Austin
  • Julie Cohen (Moderator), Professor of Law, Director, Center on Privacy and Technology, Georgetown Law

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. 

Lunch and Keynote address by the Honorable Laurence H. Silberman, Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit 

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Panel III: FOIA Today
A discussion of the challenges currently confronting the FOIA statutory framework, and whether the statute is or isn’t well-suited to meet them.

  • Laura Donohue, Professor of Law, Director, Center on Privacy and Technology, Georgetown Law
  • Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, U.S. Department of Justice
  • David Vladeck (LL.M.’77), Professor of Law, Director, Center on Privacy and Technology, Georgetown Law
  • Anne Weismann, Chief Counsel, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
  • Marc Rotenberg (LL.M.’13) (Moderator), President and Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Break

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Panel IV: Looking Ahead
A discussion of the prospects for reform of the current Privacy Act and FOIA framework and the direction that such reform should take.

  • Paul Ohm, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School
  • Peter Swire, Professor of Law and Ethics, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business
  • April Carson, Counsel, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Alvaro Bedoya (Moderator), Executive Director, Center on Privacy and Technology, Georgetown Law

5:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks from Alvaro Bedoya

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