Shahid Buttar: How Law Students Can Restore Constitutional Limits on Government Surveillance

Shahid Buttar: How Law Students Can Restore Constitutional Limits on Government Surveillance

Monday, 10/17/2016, at Noon | UC Davis School of Law, Room 1303 | Lunch Provided

In this talk, Shahid Buttar, Director of Grassroots Advocacy at Electronic Frontier Foundation, will discuss the implications of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s scheduled expiration set at the end of 2017.

Shahid is a constitutional lawyer focused on the intersection of community organizing and policy reform as a lever to shift legal norms, with roots in communities across the country resisting mass surveillance.From 2009 to 2015, he led the Bill of Rights Defense Committee as Executive Director.

After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003,where he grew immersed in the movement to stop the war in Iraq, Shahid worked for a decade in Washington, D.C. He first worked in private practice for a large California-based law firm, with public interest litigation projects advancing campaign finance reform, and marriage equality for same-sex couples as early as 2004, when LGBT rights remained politically marginal.

From 2005 to 2008, he helped build a national progressive legal network and managed the communications team at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy, and in 2008 and 2009 he founded the program to combat racial & religious profiling at Muslim Advocates.