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The Journal of the Legal Profession Virtual Symposium 2021

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Journal of the Legal Profession Virtual Symposium 2021

What Do You Do When the Man’s Spying on You: The Intersection of Government Surveillance and Legal Advocacy

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Central Time

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Due to its relationship with authority and its diverse clientele and work, the legal profession has always been the target of state interference and suspicion. However, the age of mass surveillance has imposed a new layer of added challenges for lawyers and their clients. Protecting client confidentiality, the independence of the legal profession, and the integrity of the adversarial system are all difficult tasks to accomplish when there is the potential that the government is listening in—leaving some attorneys to live in fear that the government may lash out against them and those they represent as a result of such surveillance.

The University of Alabama School of Law and The Journal of the Legal Profession are pleased to present “What Do You Do When the Man’s Spying on You: The Intersection of Government Surveillance and Legal Advocacy.” This virtual symposium will feature prominent academics and practitioners from across the country discussing their personal experiences with government surveillance, providing practical insights in how to prevent and respond to state interference in legal representation, and defining the current landscape and future of government surveillance and its effects on the legal profession.

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Panel & Speaker Breakdown


“When the Walls Have Ears: Government Surveillance in the Course of Client Representation” 

Description: A panel discussion featuring attorneys whose representation of clients has been directly impacted by government surveillance and experts in the field of special administrative measures that permit state monitoring of attorney–client communications.

Featuring: Michael Caruso (Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Southern District of Florida), Richard Kammen (Kammen & Moudy), Pardiss Kebriaei (Center for Constitutional Rights), and Professor Laura Rovner (Sturm College of Law).

Moderated by Professor Anil Mujumdar 


“Before, During, and After Surveillance: Navigating the Legal Options” 

Description: A practice-centered presentation discussing the ways in which attorneys can mitigate the risks of government and private monitoring of protected communications and respond to suspected or confirmed incidents of surveillance in the course of representation.

Featuring: Joshua Dratel (Joshua L. Dratel, P.C.)

Moderated by Professor Susan Donovan 


“The Cost of Advocacy: Roadblocks to Representation at the Border” 

Description: A dialogue with immigration advocates who have been the target of government surveillance, discussing the legal actions they have taken, the personal toll of their experiences, and calls for reform.

Featuring: Professor Dina Haynes (New England Law), Erika Pinheiro (Al Otro Lado), Nicole Ramos (Al Otro Lado), and Hector Ruiz (Santa Fe Dreamers Project)

Moderated by Professor Amy Kimpel


“The Constitutional and Ethical Implications of Government Surveillance” 

Description: A conversation on the current state of government surveillance and its ethical and legal boundaries and how we move forward as a legal profession and society.

Featuring: Denny Leboeuf (ACLU), Tyler Maulsby (Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC), and Dr. Alex Sinha (Quinnipiac University School of Law).

Moderated by Professor Ronald Krotoszynski