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Joshua Geltzer and the Crisis Constitution

April 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free for members; $15 for guests
As the United States Constitution turns 230 this year, the American Republic faces unique challenges that the Framers could never have imagined. Wars are fought on digital battlefields, by state and non-state combatants, where friend and foe can be as difficult to distinguish as a beginning, middle or end. Is the legal framework set out in the Constitution up to the challenge? How do our evolving norms regarding digital information and privacy change our understanding of the threat and our response? Joshua Geltzer will explore how the vision of the Framers is holding up under 21st century stresses, as our Constitution is tested in today’s digital age.

Geltzer serves as the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Geltzer served from 2015 to 2017 as Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff, having served previously as Deputy Legal Advisor to the National Security Council and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and, before that, as a law clerk to Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Geltzer received his JD from Yale Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal, and his PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, where he was a Marshall Scholar. Before that, he attended Princeton University, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.


April 16
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm