GAMBIER — U.S. District Court Judge James G. Carr returns to Kenyon on Friday for a free lecture on “The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court” in the Gund Gallery Community Foundation Theater, 101 1/2 College Drive at 5:15 p.m.
Carr is a senior judge in the Northern District of Ohio, based in Toledo. Notably, Carr served on the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 2002 to ’08. Congress created the foreign surveillance court in 1978 to review surveillance applications for national security investigations, according to the Federal Judicial Center, in response to a Senate investigation on the lawfulness of foreign and domestic surveillance in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The court, Carr wrote in a column published in the New York Times in July, “is unique among judicial institutions in balancing the right to privacy against the president’s duty to protect the public, and it encounters issues of statutory and constitutional interpretation that no other court does or can.”
An appointee of President Bill Clinton, Carr joined the federal bench in 1994. He is a Kenyon alumnus, graduating in 1962. He earned his law degree at Harvard University in 1966 and worked in a private practice in Chicago for two years before serving as a staff attorney for the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation in Illinois from 1968 to ’70.
Carr also worked as an adjunct professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology and at the School of Law of Loyola University, Chicago. He came to Ohio in the early 1970s as an associate professor at the University of Toledo College of Law. Carr also served as an assistant prosecutor in Lucas County, Ohio, from 1972-73.
Published on October 24, 2013