Tech & Privacy in Law Enforcement Panel

Panel: Technology and Privacy in Law Enforcement

Thursday, April 21, 2005, at 4:00 PM Austin East Classroom at Austin Hall, Harvard Law School


Jack Goldsmith is a professor at Harvard Law School. He earned his J.D. at Yale Law School in 1989 and clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1990-91. Professor Goldsmith's interests include international law, foreign relations, and national security. He has also written extensively on Internet regulation.


Marc Rotenberg is Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. He teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center and has testified before Congress on many issues, including access to information, encryption policy, consumer protection, computer security, and communications privacy. He recently testified before the 9-11 Commission on "Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism." He has served on several national and international advisory panels, including the expert panels on Cryptography Policy and Computer Security for the OECD, the Legal Experts on Cyberspace Law for UNESCO, and the Countering Spam program of the ITU. He currently chairs the ABA Committee on Privacy and Information Protection, and is Secretary of the Public Interest Registry. He is editor of The Privacy Law Sourcebook and co-editor (with Daniel J. Solove) of Information Privacy Law (Aspen Publishing 2003). He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He served as Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee after graduation from law school. He is the winner of the 2002 World Technology Award in Law.

Professor Orin Kerr earned a B.S.E. at Princeton, an M.S. at Stanford, and his J.D. at Harvard Law School. He returned to the GW Law School after clerking for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court for the October Term 2003. Professor Kerr is a prolific scholar in the area of criminal law and criminal procedure, and is nationally recognized as a leading voice in the emerging field of computer crime law. From 1998 to 2001, he was an Honors Program trial attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Kerr is also a former special assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. His scholarly articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, New York University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, George Washington Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review, and several other journals. He also blogs regularly at The Volokh Conspiracy. After graduating from law school in 1997, Professor Kerr clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Paul Ohm is an Honors Program Trial Attorney with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division at the United States Department of Justice. He is a member of the Technical Issues and Procedural Law team where he helps guide DOJ policy concerning emerging Internet technology and the search and seizure of digital evidence. He has also helped investigate and litigate several high profile computer crime cases; commented upon and drafted proposed legislation involving Internet surveillance; and trained countless law enforcement and other audiences on issues relating to computer crime. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. Prior to joining DOJ, Mr. Ohm clerked for Judge Betty Fletcher in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Mariana Pfaelzer in the US District Court in Los Angeles.

Robert O’Harrow, Jr., is a reporter at The
Washington Post and an associate of the Center for Investigative
Reporting. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for articles on privacy and
technology and a recipient of the 2003 Carnegie Mellon Cyber Security
Reporting Award. He lives in Arlington, Virginia. In his recent book,
“No Place to Hide”, O’Harrow explores how the government is teaming up
with private companies to collect massive amounts of data on citizens
and how, he writes, "More than ever before, the details about our lives
are no longer our own. They belong to the companies that collect them,
and the government agencies that buy or demand them in the name of
keeping us safe."