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Protecting Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: A discussion with Wasserstein Fellow Brian Hauss, Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project

October 28 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm


Join Wasserstein Fellow Brian Hauss for a discussion about his work with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project. The Project is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. Brian will discuss three recent or ongoing ACLU cases: (1) Merchant v. Mayorkas (challenging warrantless searches of electronic devices at the international border); (2) ACLU v. Clearview AI (challenging Clearview AI’s unconsented collection of biometric identifiers for use in surveillance technologies); (3) Arkansas Times v. Waldrip (challenging a state law requiring government contractors to certify that they are not participating in boycotts of Israel). 

Brian Hauss currently works as a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, where he focuses on free expression issues. Since joining the ACLU in 2012, he has worked on a number of cutting-edge cases at the forefront of constitutional law. He has argued in numerous federal and state trial and appellate courts, consulted with Members of Congress about constitutional issues posed by federal legislation, and discussed First Amendment issues in prominent national and global media outlets. 

Prior to assuming his current position, Brian served for several years as a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, where he focused on religious refusals to comply with anti-discrimination laws. In that capacity, he litigated cases involving anti-LGBT discrimination by employers and businesses, refusals to provide reproductive healthcare – including emergency care – at Catholic hospitals, and religious restrictions on access to reproductive healthcare in government-funded programs. He also spent two years as the ACLU’s William J. Brennan Fellow. Brian graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and Harvard Law School. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Marsha S. Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

The Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program brings outstanding public interest attorneys to Harvard Law School to counsel students about public service. The program recognizes exemplary lawyers who have distinguished themselves in public interest work and who can advise students who are considering similar career paths. All students are welcome and encouraged to learn more and meet one on one with our Wasserstein Fellows. 

Grab and go lunch will be provided at the end of the program.

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October 28
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
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