Carrie Davis, staff attorney for the ACLU of Ohio and lobbyist, will deliver remarks titled “Intellectual Freedom, Privacy, and the Future of the Patriot Act” on March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Hiram College Library.
The 2001 passage and 2006 renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act have created a climate of hostility towards intellectual freedom and privacy, especially in our libraries. The American Library Association and the American Civil Liberties Union have been two of the Patriot Act’s most vocal critics in Congress and in the courts.
Davis will lead a discussion on the Patriot Act, what it means for libraries, and what role the next U.S. president will play in changing those policies.
Davis’s areas of interest include education, civil rights, and internet law. She has worked for two special education law practices and as a legal intern with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Davis published several articles on First and Fourth Amendment rights online through The Internet Law Journal, serving as editor-in-chief.
Prior to pursuing her law degree, Davis spent time as a Congressional Aide and Outreach Coordinator to former U.S. Representative and now Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and interned as a lobbyist with the Feminist Majority in Washington, D.C.
Davis has a B.A. in philosophy and public policy from Albion College (MI) and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.
The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Library, is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 11694 Hayden Street in Hiram.