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From the Boston Bar Journal: Reflections of a Former FISA Judge

At the time I was appointed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“the FISA Court”) by the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist in mid-2001, very few judges, let alone members of the public, had ever heard of that Court.  September 11, 2001, changed all of that.  Now, most of us are well aware of the existence and purpose of the FISA Court, if not the details of its operations, and currently it is smack in the middle of the debate about trade-offs between civil liberties and national security.
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BBA Housing Court Program Reaches Over 15,000 in 15 Year History

Did you know that approximately 90 percent of tenants and 50 percent of landlords in the Boston Housing Court don’t have legal representation? Since 1999, the BBA’s Lawyer for the Day in the Housing Court Program has acted as a lifeline for pro se landlords and tenants, with volunteers providing more than 15,000 pro se litigants with legal assistance.

Read more at Beyond the Billable.
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Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Committees

  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Public Policy
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Attorneys are often asked to lend their expertise. Contact: Sara Mackey, BBA Sections Manager, smackey@bostonbar.org or 617-778-1982.
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    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.