The Robert W. Kastenmeier Lecture

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Robert W. Kastenmeier

Robert W. Kastenmeier

This lecture is supported by the fund established to honor Robert W. Kastenmeier, an outstanding graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School, who served with great distinction in the United States Congress from 1958–1990. During his tenure, Congressman Kastenmeier made special contributions to the improvement of the judiciary and to the field of intellectual property law. He drafted the rules for the House Committee on the Judiciary that were used for the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon, as well as the articles of impeachment against Judge Harry Claiborne. In 1985, Congressman Kastenmeier received the Warren E. Burger Award, presented by the Institute for Court Management, and the Service Award of the National Center for State Courts.  In 1988, American Judicature Society honored him with its Justice Award for his contributions to improving the administration of justice. 

The Kastenmeier Fund was created to recognize these contributions by fostering important legal scholarship in the fields of intellectual property, corrections, administration of justice, and civil liberties. It is a fitting tribute to the leadership of Robert W. Kastenmeier in these areas.

Planning Committee: Peter Carstensen, Frank Tuerkheimer, Anuj Desai

2015 Robert W. Kastenmeier Lecture

James Sensenbrenner

“A History of the USA FREEDOM Act”

4 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2015

Godfrey & Kahn Hall, Room 2260

University of Wisconsin Law School

975 Bascom Mall, Madison, Wisconsin

Reception immediately following in the
Wisconsin Law Alumni Association Student Commons

RSVP by September 28, 2015

Questions? Contact Kimberly Raether at 608-890-0140.

Seating for this event is limited. If demand exceeds capacity,
a live video viewing room will be available in the Law School.


Congressman James SensenbrennerF. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. represents the Fifth Congressional District of Wisconsin. The Fifth District includes parts of Milwaukee, Dodge, and Waukesha counties, and all of Washington and Jefferson counties.

Congressman Sensenbrenner was born in Chicago and later moved to Wisconsin with his family. He graduated from the Milwaukee Country Day School and completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where he majored in political science. He then earned his law degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1968.

After serving ten years in the Wisconsin State Legislature, he ran for a U.S. House seat and was elected in November, 1978. He has been reelected since 1980.

Congressman Sensenbrenner’s current committee assignments include serving on the Committee on Science and Technology and the Committee on the Judiciary. He is Chairman of the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Oversight Subcommittee, as well as a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and Internet, and the Subcommittees on Environment and Oversight.

Congressman Sensenbrenner is the former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and as a long-serving committee member, he has established a strong record on crime, intellectual property and constitutional issues. Previously, he also served as Chairman of the House Committee on Science, where he solidified his reputation as an independent leader on science issues, as well as oversight.

Shortly after the attacks of September 11, Congressman Sensenbrenner introduced the PATRIOT Act in the House as a method to help keep America safe by enhancing the tools our law enforcement officials could use to thwart another terrorist attack. Following revelations of the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of data and the misinterpretation of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, Congressman Sensenbrenner authored the USA FREEDOM Act – bipartisan, bicameral, and comprehensive legislation to rein in abuse, put an end to bulk collection, increase the transparency of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and ensure the proper balance between national security and privacy is struck.

In 1977, Congressman Sensenbrenner married Cheryl Warren of Green Bay, Wisconsin, a staunch advocate for the rights of the disabled. They have two adult children, Frank and Bob. In his free time, he enjoys watching the Packers and reading.

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Previous Kastenmeier Events

Lecture: Just Mercy: Confronting Mass Incarceration and Excessive Punishment in America
                                                            Mr. Bryan Stevenson
2013 Lecture: Crossing the Line: Watergate, the Criminal Law and Ethics
                                                            Mr. John Dean
Lecture: Software Patents and the Return of  Functional Claiming
                                                            Professor Mark A. Lemley
Lecture: Bridging the Divide between Congress and the Courts
                                                            The Honorable Barbara Crabb
Lecture:  Afghanistan: What Are We Fighting For?
                                                            Mr. Bob Herbert
Lecture:  Re-Imagining Criminal Justice:  Implications for Practice, Research and Teaching
                                                           Professor Walter Dickey
                                                           Professor Cecelia Klingele
                                                           Professor Michael Scott

Lecture: Economic Injustice
      The Honorable David Obey
2007Lecture: The National Security Constitution in a Time of Terror
                                       Dean Harold Hongju Koh, Congressman Tom Petri,
    and Senator Russ Feingold

Lecture: The Law in Action: What the Bayh-Dole Act Means to the University of Wisconsin and the State of Wisconsin and an Effective National Science Policy
Dr. Carl Gulbrandsen
                                  With remarks from The Honorable Birch Bayh
Lecture: The Iraq War: Lessons from the Past
                 The Honorable George McGovern
Civil Rights Act of 1964: Hopes and Promises
           Professor Frank Tuerkheimer

Bob Kastenmeier and 1960s Civil Rights Legislation: Leadership Through Commitment and Foresight
   Professor Roger Wilkins
Lecture: The Forgotten Balance of Robert Kastenmeier
       Professor Lawrence Lessig
Lecture: Civil Liberties in a Time of Terror
Mr. Anthony Lewis
2001 Colloquium: Sentencing Criminals: After a Quarter Century of Reform, Where Are We?
                                                            Professor Douglas Berman, Professor Michael Smith,
                                                            The Honorable John Steer,
led by moderator
                                                            Mr. Thomas W. Hutchison
Colloquium: From the Bill of Rights to the Internet: Protecting Privacy Rights and Interests in the New Millennium
                                                            Mr. Martin Abrams, Professor Deirdre Mulligan and
                                                            Professor Paul Schwartz, led by moderator Mr. Robert Gellman

1999Colloquium: From Watergate to the Present: Impeachment, Presidential Accountability, and the Separation of Powers
                                                            David Broder
                                                            Panel: The Honorable Robert F. Drinan,
                                                                      Professor Michael Gerhardt, Professor Stanley Kutler,
                                                                      and Professor Frank Tuerkheimer

Lecture: The Transformation of American Copyright Law
     Professor Paul Goldstein
Lecture: Political Extremism: Is It New, Is It Worse, Is It Curable?
           The Honorable Abner J. Mikva
Symposium: Is Effective Crime Policy Possible?
Symposium: Computer Software Protection: Reinventing Intellectual Property
1992Lecture: Seen in a Glass Darkly: The Future of the Federal Courts
               Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist

Audio & Video of Previous Events

Kastenmeier Lecture 2007

Kastenmeier Lecture 2007

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Kastenmeier Lecture 2006 from 11/3/06.

Kastenmeier Lecture 2006

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Kastenmeier Lecture 2005

Kastenmeier Lecture 2005

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