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Washburn University School of Law’s 42nd Annual Foulston Siefkin Lecture to Explore Surveillance, Privacy and the Fourth Amendment

Topeka, Kan. – The Washburn University School of Law’s (Washburn Law) 42nd annual Foulston Siefkin Lecture is Thursday, March 28, 2019, 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m., in room 114 of the School of Law on the Washburn University campus. Professor Matthew Tokson will present “The Next Wave of Fourth Amendment Challenges after Carpenter.” This event is free and open to the public.

     Tokson's lecture will examine the Supreme Court's decision in Carpenter v. United States, in which the court held that a search warrant is required to obtain a suspect's historical cell-site location information, and will address which novel surveillance issues the Court is likely to confront next. He will further assess how the fourth amendment is likely to apply to the next wave of government surveillance technologies including drones, web tracking, smart home devices and more.

    Tokson is an associate professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. In the last four years, he has published articles in the University of Chicago Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review and Boston College Law Review. Tokson has written extensively on the intersection of privacy, technology and the fourth amendment. Justice Sotomayor recently cited Tokson’s research in oral arguments in Carpenter v. United States.

     After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Tokson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Honorable David H. Souter of the United States Supreme Court, and to the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Before moving to the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Tokson was an assistant professor at Chase College of Law, a fellow at the University of Chicago and a senior litigation associate with WilmerHale, in Washington, D.C.

    Foulston Siefkin Attorneys at Law has sponsored this lecture series since 1978 to help enrich the quality of education at Washburn Law. The Washburn Law Journal publishes articles from the lecture series.

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