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Intelligence & Surveillance Law: A Conversation with Benjamin Powell

Start/End Friday, March 07, 2014 12:10 PM EST -- 01:20 PM EST
Location Name JG 105

Benjamin A. Powell, partner in WilmerHale’s Washington, D.C., office and former General Counsel to the first three Directors of National Intelligence, will be speaking at Columbia Law School about current issues in national security, intelligence, and surveillance law. In a conversation moderated by
Professor Matthew Waxman. Mr. Powell will address controversies ranging from disclosures of national security information to congressional oversight of and efforts to reform surveillance activities. Mr. Powell will provide unique insight into these issues from his extensive experience inside and outside government.

Non-pizza lunch will be provided.

Benjamin Powell is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of WilmerHale, and a 1996 graduate of Columbia Law School. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Powell worked as General Counsel to the first three Directors of National Intelligence, Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to the President, and Corporate Counsel to Vitria Technology, a Silicon Valley-based software company.  Mr. Powell has served in various roles on the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and serves as a board member of both the Columbia Law School Center on Constitutional Governance and the Georgetown University Cyber Law Institute. Prior to attending law school, Mr.
Powell worked for the FBI and served in the United States Air Force.

This event is co-sponsored by the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security and the Columbia National Security Law Society.

Open to members of the Columbia community with a current CUID and to students admitted to the Columbia Law School Class of 2017. No recording devices will be permitted.

Contact Matthew Danzer at, with any questions.