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The Post-September 11th Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
are pleased to announce the next lecture in our

Human Rights and National Security Speaker Series

The Post-September 11 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court

presented by

The Honorable Judge Michael J. Davis

Thursday, December 18, 2003, 12:00-1:00 P.M.


Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
4000 Pillsbury Center
200 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN

Judge Michael J. Davis serves on the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Court, a special federal court that makes determinations on warrant applications by government agencies gathering foreign intelligence information in the U.S. Judge Davis will speak about the FISA Court and the expansion of the government’s FISA powers under the USA Patriot Act. One CLE credit will be applied for. Complimentary lunch will be provided to those who have pre-registered.

Biographical Information

Judge Michael J. Davis was appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton and took the oath of office on March 30, 1994. He succeeded Judge Harry H. MacLaughlin, who took senior status. Judge Davis was the twenty-eighth Federal Judge selected in Minnesota history and the first African-American. Judge Davis graduated from Macalester College in 1969 and the University of Minnesota Law School in 1972. He served as a criminal defense lawyer at the Neighborhood Justice Center in St. Paul, Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis, where he is currently a board member, and later served as an Assistant Public Defender in Hennepin County. In 1983, Judge Davis was appointed to the Fourth Judicial Municipal Court of Minnesota, and in 1984, elevated by appointment to the District Court bench, where he served before being appointed to the federal bench. He was appointed to the FISA Court on May 18, 1999.

This human rights speaker series will be held on the third Thursday of each month throughout 2003. Lectures are free and open to the public (registration required).

For more information, please contact Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. You may find directions to Fredrikson & Byron at:

Please R.S.V.P. to Rose Park at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
by noon on Tuesday, December 16th
Phone: (612) 341-3302 ext. 106  Email: [email protected]

 Announcement   (The Post-September 11 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court)