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In a world where data flows ceaselessly, and global connections abound, striking the right balance between national security and individual privacy is of utmost importance.

In 2008, Congress enacted the FISA Amendments Act, granting the U.S. government broad authority to conduct surveillance without a warrant on communications of foreign individuals located outside the United States. Since then, the law has sparked ongoing debates and periodic reauthorization discussions, aiming to find a middle ground that upholds national security interests while safeguarding individual privacy rights. As its reauthorization is pending in December 2023, now is a timely moment to delve into the "State of Surveillance."

Join the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Center for Law, Science, and Innovation on November 8th for an insightful discussion with an esteemed panel as they dive into the contentious reauthorization of FISA Section 702, its implications on U.S. national security, and the current landscape of surveillance in the modern world. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and engage in a critical conversation about the future of surveillance.

Appetizers and bar will be available for the reception.

Why is it Important for Arizona?

The program, "The State of Surveillance," is essential for Arizonans as it raises awareness about the implications of surveillance laws, such as FISA, on individual privacy rights and national security interests. By understanding surveillance practices, Arizonans can become more digitally aware and assess the impact our complicated surveillance laws may have on their daily lives. Engaging in discussions with esteemed panelists empowers individuals to be active advocates for responsible surveillance policies, contribute to ethical considerations, and participate in shaping the future of surveillance practices that strike a balance between security and privacy concerns.


Section 702 Overviewdownload
Program Brief_FISA Amendments Act.pdfdownload


  • Carter Burwell (Counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton)

    Carter Burwell

    Counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton

    Carter Burwell is a lawyer at Debevoise & Plimpton in Washington, DC. His practice focuses on government investigations and national security matters. Prior to private practice, Mr. Burwell spent more than a decade in senior roles across the federal government, including at the Treasury Department, in the U.S. Senate, and as a counter-terrorism prosecutor at the Department of Justice. Mr. Burwell continues to be involved in national security matters. In February 2022, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed Mr. Burwell to serve a three-year term on the Public Interest Declassification Board. Mr. Burwell is also an adjunct professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. He received his J.D. from the University Virginia School of Law in 2002, an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge in 1998, and his B.A. from Columbia College in 1996.

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  • K Royal, Ph.D (Adjunct Professor at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and Global Chief Privacy Officer with Crawford & Company)

    K Royal, Ph.D

    Adjunct Professor at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and Global Chief Privacy Officer with Crawford & Company

    Dr. K Royal is a highly accomplished attorney and compliance professional with a remarkable 25-year track record in the legal and health-related domains. As a privacy expert, she brings unparalleled expertise in privacy laws, breach management, compliance, training, and program development. With a keen interest in technology and its evolving landscape, K possesses a comprehensive perspective when implementing or overseeing global privacy initiatives and co-hosts the top-recognized podcast on privacy and cyber law, Serious Privacy. .

    Throughout her career, K's dedication to the legal field has earned her prestigious accolades, including recognition as a Phoenix Forty-under-40 honoree and one of Arizona's top pro bono attorneys along with Member of the Year with the Association of Corporate Counsel. Her primary focus lies in regulatory and privacy compliance, while she passionately engages in civic education, youth outreach, diversity initiatives, and leadership training.

    In addition to her professional achievements, K is an esteemed adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, contributing her knowledge to the legal minds of the future. Notably, she achieved her Ph.D. in Public Affairs with her dissertation on Privacy Compliance in US Universities, further solidifying her commitment to academic excellence.

    Actively involved in various professional associations, including IAPP, ACC, and the State Bar of Arizona, K lends her expertise to these organizations while serving on the boards of multiple non-profit ventures. Her unwavering dedication to privacy advocacy and community service makes her an inspiring force in the world of compliance and beyond.

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  • Jill Sanborn (Geopolitical Risk Executive and Strategic Advisor)

    Jill Sanborn

    Geopolitical Risk Executive and Strategic Advisor

    Jill Sanborn is a geopolitical risk executive and strategic advisor who brings broad leadership and decades of national security experience to mission driven organizations. Her expertise helps executive teams navigate today’s global risk environment.

    Jill served nearly 24 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where she rose up through the ranks to become the Executive Assistant Director (EAD) of the National Security Branch. As EAD, Jill oversaw a global workforce and made sure the FBI executed its mission to protect and defend the United States from all national security threats. Jill represented the FBI on all national security matters, frequently engaged the National Security Council, testified before Congress, and was a member of the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice.

    Prior to her role as EAD, Jill served as the Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division where she oversaw thousands of terrorism investigations, disrupted multiple plots, responded to crisis events, and extradited numerous terrorism subjects to the U.S.

    Jill also held a variety of leadership positions including serving as the Deputy Director of Law Enforcement at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), leading the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force during the 2015 attack in San Bernardino, and the Special Agent in Charge for the FBI in Minnesota, North and South Dakota.

    As a career-long advocate of the importance of partnerships, Jill routinely collaborated with colleagues across the law enforcement and intelligence communities, academia, and the private sector to create a network of community engagement. In recognition of Jill’s collaborative approach and exceptional service, she received the 2022 Meritorious Presidential Rank award, the CIA’s George H.W. Bush award, and a Department of Defense Joint Civilian Service Commendation award.

    Jill earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Portland. Prior to joining the FBI, she investigated allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Jill is currently a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason's Antonin Scalia Law School and resides here in Phoenix.

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  • Caroline Lynch (Owner at Copper Hill Strategies)

    Caroline Lynch

    Owner at Copper Hill Strategies

    Caroline is the founder and owner of Copper Hill Strategies, LLC. She has fifteen years of Capitol Hill experience, including a decade with the House Judiciary Committee where she served for eight years as the Chief Counsel of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. As Chief Counsel, Caroline was at the forefront of developing some of the most high-profile privacy, cybersecurity, national security, and criminal laws of the 21st Century. She authored dozens of pieces of legislation and developed strategies to successfully shepherd those bills through Congress. She utilizes her expertise in public policy and the legislative process to provide client-focused government relations, strategic planning, and legislative development services.

    Prior to joining the Judiciary Committee, Caroline was Chief Counsel of the House Republican Policy Committee, Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and Clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals. She previously served in the personal office of former Congressman John Shadegg from 1996 to 2000.

    Caroline is a member of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Board, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, the Arizona Technology Council, the ASU Center for Law, Science & Innovation Community Board, the ASU Law Blockchain Group, and the KU Blockchain Institute Industry Advisory Board. She has guest-lectured at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, the Texas A & M University School of Law, and the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. Caroline is a 2003 graduate of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Registration & Reception


PCFR Members
Member Price $15
General Public
Standard Price $25


Room 544 | ASU Beus Center for Law and Society

111 E Taylor St
Phoenix, Arizona

If you have any questions please contact Samuel Richardson

Contact Organizer

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We encourage attendees to use street metered parking or park at the Cronkite Visitor Lot (E Fillmore & N Central) for $3/2-hours.