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Women, Leadership and Politics Panel Discussion & Book Signing

William H. Gates Hall

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Panel Discussion - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Book signing - 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Rebecca Sive will lead a discussion based on her new book Every Day is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office from the PTA to the White House.

In it she shares insight in to the success of women who have led, run and won including: Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of Illinois, Judge Ilana Rovner, the first female member of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

The panelists will focus on the experience of women in leadership positions on our own campus and community and how they have flourished within them.

“Roadblocks to Justice: How Courts Have Evaded Ruling on the Legality of the ‘War on Terror’”

William H. Gates Hall

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

In 2006, a challenge to the NSA warrantless surveillance program was filed by an Islamic charity in southern Oregon, the Al Haramain Islamic Foundation. A ruling by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker holding the government liable, and awarding over $2.5 million in damages and attorney fees, was ultimately overturned by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, finding that the government was immune from suit under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Procedural defenses – state secrets privilege, sovereign immunity, qualified immunity, lack of standing – have repeatedly been used to insulate the government from suits challenging some of the government’s most egregious programs from warrantless surveillance to rendition to the use of drones to detentions at Guantanamo Bay. What viable strategies can be used to allow challenges to such programs to proceed?

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