Fourth Amendment & Privacy In The Digital Age: The Supreme Court's Cell Phone Cases and What's Next

Date & Time: Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

CLE Credit: No

Event Description
**This is a free event, registration is required.

At the end of the 2013-2014 Term, the Supreme Court decided a pair of groundbreaking cases applying Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures to police searches of cell phones incident to arrest. The Court unanimously held that police must get a warrant, absent limited exigent circumstances, if they want to search an arrestee’s phone. This program will review the Riley v. California and U.S. v. Wurie rulings and discuss their implications for criminal law and beyond. Is the Court developing a more robust Fourth Amendment doctrine for law enforcement searches in the digital age? Does the Court’s understanding of technology impact its willingness to protect privacy interests? What does this mean for cases related to national security and data collection? How does new technology intersect with 18th Century constitutional provisions? Please join experts on criminal and constitutional law, privacy, and the Supreme Court, as we explore these topics and more.

This evening program is sponsored by the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

U.S. District Court
Ceremonial Courtroom
333 Constitution Ave, NW (Judiciary Square)
Washington DC 20001
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Contact Information
Sections Office
Phone: 202-626-3463
Fax: 202-824-1877


  • Tillman J. Breckenridge, Reed Smith LLP
  • Orin S. Kerr, George Washington University Law School
  • Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
  • Elizabeth B. Wydra, Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center (Moderator)


**This is a free event, registration is required


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