Robert W. Kastenmeier
This lecture is supported by the fund established to honor Robert W. Kastenmeier, an outstanding graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School, who served with great distinction in the United States Congress from 1958–1990. During his tenure, Congressman Kastenmeier made special contributions to the improvement of the judiciary and to the field of intellectual property law. He drafted the rules for the House Committee on the Judiciary that were used for the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon, as well as the articles of impeachment against Judge Harry Claiborne. In 1985, Congressman Kastenmeier received the Warren E. Burger Award, presented by the Institute for Court Management, and the Service Award of the National Center for State Courts. In 1988, American Judicature Society honored him with its Justice Award for his contributions to improving the administration of justice.
The Kastenmeier Fund was created to recognize these contributions by fostering important legal scholarship in the fields of intellectual property, corrections, administration of justice, and civil liberties. It is a fitting tribute to the leadership of Robert W. Kastenmeier in these areas.
Planning Committee: Peter Carstensen, Frank Tuerkheimer, Anuj Desai
2015 Robert W. Kastenmeier Lecture
“A History of the USA FREEDOM Act”
4 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2015
Godfrey & Kahn Hall, Room 2260
University of Wisconsin Law School
975 Bascom Mall, Madison, Wisconsin
Reception immediately following in the
Wisconsin Law Alumni Association Student Commons
RSVP by September 28, 2015
Questions? Contact Kimberly Raether at 608-890-0140.
Seating for this event is limited. If demand exceeds capacity,
a live video viewing room will be available in the Law School.
Congressman Sensenbrenner was born in Chicago and later moved to Wisconsin with his family. He graduated from the Milwaukee Country Day School and did his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where he majored in political science. He then earned his law degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1968.
After serving ten years in the Wisconsin State Legislature, he ran for a U.S. House seat and was elected in November, 1978. He has been reelected since 1980.
Congressman Sensenbrenner’s current committee assignments include serving on the Committee on Science and Technology and the Committee on the Judiciary. He is Chairman of the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Oversight Subcommittee, as well as a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and Internet, and the Subcommittees on Environment and Oversight.
Congressman Sensenbrenner is the former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and as a long-serving committee member, he has established a strong record on crime, intellectual property and constitutional issues. Previously, he also served as Chairman of the House Committee on Science, where he solidified his reputation as an independent leader on science issues, as well as oversight.
Shortly after the attacks of September 11, Congressman Sensenbrenner introduced the PATRIOT Act in the House as a method to help keep America safe by enhancing the tools our law enforcement officials could use to thwart another terrorist attack. Following revelations of the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of data and the misinterpretation of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, Congressman Sensenbrenner authored the USA FREEDOM Act – bipartisan, bicameral, and comprehensive legislation to rein in abuse, put an end to bulk collection, increase the transparency of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and ensure the proper balance between national security and privacy is struck.
In 1977, Congressman Sensenbrenner married Cheryl Warren of Green Bay, Wisconsin, a staunch advocate for the rights of the disabled. They have two adult children, Frank and Bob. In his free time, he enjoys watching the Packers and reading.
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Previous Kastenmeier Events
|2014||Lecture: Just Mercy: Confronting Mass Incarceration and Excessive Punishment in America|
Mr. Bryan Stevenson
|2013||Lecture: Crossing the Line: Watergate, the Criminal Law and Ethics|
Mr. John Dean
|2012||Lecture: Software Patents and the Return of Functional Claiming|
Professor Mark A. Lemley
|2011||Lecture: Bridging the Divide between Congress and the Courts|
The Honorable Barbara Crabb
|2010||Lecture: Afghanistan: What Are We Fighting For?|
Mr. Bob Herbert
|2009||Lecture: Re-Imagining Criminal Justice: Implications for Practice, Research and Teaching|
Professor Walter Dickey
Professor Cecelia Klingele
Professor Michael Scott
|2008||Lecture: Economic Injustice|
The Honorable David Obey
|2007||Lecture: The National Security Constitution in a Time of Terror
Dean Harold Hongju Koh, Congressman Tom Petri,
and Senator Russ Feingold
|2006||Lecture: The Law in Action: What the Bayh-Dole Act Means to the University of Wisconsin and the State of Wisconsin and an Effective National Science Policy|
Dr. Carl Gulbrandsen
With remarks from The Honorable Birch Bayh
|2005||Lecture: The Iraq War: Lessons from the Past|
The Honorable George McGovern
Civil Rights Act of 1964: Hopes and Promises
Professor Frank Tuerkheimer
Bob Kastenmeier and 1960s Civil Rights Legislation: Leadership Through Commitment and Foresight
Professor Roger Wilkins
2003||Lecture: The Forgotten Balance of Robert Kastenmeier|
Professor Lawrence Lessig
2002||Lecture: Civil Liberties in a Time of Terror|
Mr. Anthony Lewis
|2001||Colloquium: Sentencing Criminals: After a Quarter Century of Reform, Where Are We?|
Professor Douglas Berman, Professor Michael Smith,
The Honorable John Steer, led by moderator
Mr. Thomas W. Hutchison
|2000||Colloquium: From the Bill of Rights to the Internet: Protecting Privacy Rights and Interests in the New Millennium|
Mr. Martin Abrams, Professor Deirdre Mulligan and
Professor Paul Schwartz, led by moderator Mr. Robert Gellman
|1999||Colloquium: From Watergate to the Present: Impeachment, Presidential Accountability, and the Separation of Powers|
Panel: The Honorable Robert F. Drinan,
Professor Michael Gerhardt, Professor Stanley Kutler,
and Professor Frank Tuerkheimer
1997||Lecture: The Transformation of American Copyright Law|
Professor Paul Goldstein
1996||Lecture: Political Extremism: Is It New, Is It Worse, Is It Curable?|
The Honorable Abner J. Mikva
1995||Symposium: Is Effective Crime Policy Possible?|
1993||Symposium: Computer Software Protection: Reinventing Intellectual Property|
|1992||Lecture: Seen in a Glass Darkly: The Future of the Federal Courts|
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist