Nearly 120 years ago, modern privacy law took root with the publication of Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis’s seminal article, The Right to Privacy. At the time, more than 25 years before Brandeis took his seat on the Supreme Court, he was focused on the invasions of privacy that resulted from increasing use the new technology of “snapshot photography” by the press without the consent of the people being photographed. But Brandeis also knew that there was more to the “right to be let alone” and he would later take steps, particularly as a member of the Supreme Court, to nurture this critical area of the common law, which now touches our lives in important ways through the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, the law of tort, the law governing fundamental decisions, and state constitutional law.
On Tuesday, November 10, 2009, ACS will sponsor a panel discussion featuring Melvin Urofsky, the author of a new biography of Louis Brandeis, who will talk about Brandeis’s role in the development of this area of the law. He will be joined by two privacy scholars who will discuss how the different branches of privacy law have developed and changed over the last century and where the law stands today.
Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 pm, followed by a panel discussion from 6:00 – 7:15 pm. There will be an opportunity to meet the author, and to purchase books and have them signed, after the panel.
The panel discussion will feature:
- Melvin I. Urofsky, author, Louis D. Brandeis: A Life; Professor of Law and Public Policy and Professor Emeritus of History, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Anita L. Allen, Deputy Dean and Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Law School
- Ken Gormley, Interim Dean, Duquesne University Law School
- Moderator, William P. Marshall, Visiting Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School; William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, UNC Chapel Hill School of Law
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
5:30 – 7:15 pm
Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005