Law Review Symposium

National Security: Up Close and Personal

Friday, November 14, 8:15 a.m., Wesemann Hall

The symposium will focus on national security issues that affect the United States and every citizen within United States boundaries. The first panel will provide an in-depth discussion of local terrorism, including citizen terrorists and a discussion of the Chicago-based case regarding suspected terrorist, Adel Daoud. The second panel will address issues regarding privacy rights of United States citizens, including the constitutionality of data gathering programs as revealed by whistle-blower, Edward Snowden. Each panel is comprised of scholars and practitioners who are geographically and politically diverse and will provide a balanced discussion of the issues.


Schedule of Presentations:

8:15-9:15 a.m.: Introduction to National Security and Opening Remarks
Professor Jimmy Gurule, University of Notre Dame Law School

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.: The Effect of Home-Grown Terrorism
Mr. Thomas Anthony Durkin, Durkin & Roberts
Mr. Dan Collins, Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP
Mr. David Nevin, Nevin, Benjamin, McKay & Bartlett, LLP

11:00 – 12:30: Privacy and Constitutional Rights Associated with Data-Gathering Programs
Professor Catherine Lotrionte, Georgetown University
Mr. Joseph Ferguson, Inspector General, City of Chicago
Professor Robert Knowles, Valparaiso University Law School

CLE Credit
This lecture has been approved for four CLE credit hours by the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education. Attorneys seeking credit may self-report to the appropriate MCLE board or commission. Uniform Certificate of Attendance forms will be distributed at the lecture.

Speaker Biographies 

About the Law Review

Founded in 1967, the Valparaiso University Law Review is one of the oldest Law Reviews in the Midwest. The Valparaiso Law Review is a scholarly journal that publishes articles, lectures, and book reviews submitted by law professors, judges, practitioners, and student notes submitted by members of the Law Review.

The Law Review is comprised solely of Valparaiso law students and publishes four issues each year. It affords qualified students an invaluable opportunity for training and precise analysis of legal problems and clear presentation of legal issues. In addition, the law review membership enhances a student’s legal research, writing, and analytical skills.

For information about the Symposium contact: Sarah Starnes at

For information about Registration contact: Melissa Mundt at