State Secrets Privilege: Necessary Protection or Shielding Misconduct? (Webinar)

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In March 2022 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two separate decisions addressing the state secrets privilege – a long-honored common law privilege designed to safeguard secrets of state. Once rarely used, the privilege has been increasingly invoked by the executive branch since the onset of the War on Terror initiated after the 9/11 attacks.

Critics contend that the privilege is frequently used as a shield to protect executive misconduct from exposure, and argue that Congress should restrain the use and contours of the privilege by statute – or discard it altogether. This course will examine the history and possible future of the state secrets privilege against the backdrop of the most recent Supreme Court pronouncements on its application.

Jenkins Law Library, an accredited provider under the Pennsylvania CLE Board's Rules, will serve as the CLE provider for this course. The course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hour of CLE credit in substantive law, practice and procedure.

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.0 hour of total CLE credit.

This webinar will be presented using Zoom, a free videoconferencing service. For more information on Zoom, please visit the Zoom Support page.