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National security expert to speak at IU Maurer School of Law Constitution Day event

Sept. 11, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Maurer School of Law is commemorating Constitution Day, a national observance of the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, with a lecture by a distinguished expert on constitutional law and national security.

Geoffrey R. Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, will speak at the IU Maurer School of Law at noon Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Room 123. The title of his lecture is “Inside the NSA: Liberty and Security in a Changing World.”

In the fall of 2013, Stone served on a five-member review group appointed by President Barack Obama and charged with making recommendations on the National Security Administration’s foreign surveillance intelligence programs.

In his lecture, Stone will discuss his experience on the review group; the review group's recommendations on several of the NSA’s most controversial programs; his evaluation of the oversight processes and mechanisms currently in place; and how we might think about the legitimacy of Edward Snowden's disclosures of classified information.

Stone joined the University of Chicago Law School faculty in 1973 after serving as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. He later served as dean of the law school from 1987 to 1994 and provost of the University of Chicago from 1994 to 2002. Stone is the author of many books on constitutional law, and he is currently chief editor of a 20-volume series, "Inalienable Rights," which is being published by the Oxford University Press.

Constitution Day became a national observance in 2004, when Congress approved legislation calling on citizens to commemorate the signing of the Constitution and learn more about the founding document. Educational institutions that receive federal funding are expected to hold an educational program pertaining to the Constitution.

Indiana continuing legal education credit for the lecture is pending, and the lecture is free and open to the public.