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Debra Livingston for D.C. Circuit?

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A solid source tips that Debra Livingston, Vice Dean of Columbia Law School, will be the next Administration nominee for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

I know nothing of Dean Livingston, and would appreciate hearing from people who do given the extraordinary importance of this appointment. Her bio does show national security as an area of teaching interest, so hopefully she will have some writing in this area. The bio:

Debra Livingston is vice dean of the Columbia Law School and the Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following graduation, from 1984-85, she clerked for the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. From 1986-91, she was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York where she prosecuted public corruption cases and served as deputy chief of appeals. From 1982-83, she served as a legal consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Bangkok, Thailand. She was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison from 1985-86, and again from 1991-92. From 1994-2003, she served as Commissioner of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Professor Livingston began her academic career at the University of Michigan Law School in 1992. She joined the faculty of Columbia Law School in 1994. Her principal areas of teaching are criminal procedure and evidence. She also teaches a seminar on national security and terrorism, and co-directs the Law School’s Center on Crime, Community and Law. Professor Livingston is an author of Comprehensive Criminal Procedure (with Allen, Hoffmann, and Stuntz). She joined the faculty of The National Judicial College in 2006.

UPDATE: First interesting cite: ‘Racial Profiling Under Attack’by Samuel R. Gross & Debra Livingston (Columbia
Law Review 2002)

And a webcast:

“Purpose Analysis and the Wall between the Law Enforcement and Intelligence Communities”Professor Debra Livingston Columbia University Law School

More post-9/11 commentary here.

Another cite: Debra Livingston, ‘Police Reform and the Department of Justice: An Essay on Accountability” 2
Buff. Crim. L. Rev. 815 (1999).

Another video link here.

From a December 23, 2005 Boston Globe story on the NSA program:

”Long before 9/11, the NSA gathered from the ether mountains of [overseas] phone calls and e-mail messages on a daily basis,” said Columbia Law School professor Deborah Livingston. ”If you have such an extensive foreign operation, you’ll gather a large amount of phone traffic and e-mails involving Americans. That’s something we’ve lived with for a long time.”

That’s all I have time for because of the need to prep the radio show. Please forward any links you think relevant. The importance of the D.C. Circuit to the federal judiciary is difficult to overstate, both because of the nature of its caseload, but also because pf the almost automatic addition of new judges to the short list for future SCOTUS nominees. Justices Scalia, Thomas, Ginsbeg and of course the Chief Justice all were elevated from this court.


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