What is the Secret Federal -FISA- Court and How Does it Protect Us?
March 9, 2017
Hosted by Mitchel Winick and Stephen Wagner, with Michael Cohen
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was established by Congress in 1978. The Court rules on the applications made by the United States Government for approval of electronic surveillance, physical search, and certain other forms of investigative actions for foreign intelligence purposes. The Court sits in Washington D.C., and is composed of eleven federal district court judges who are designated by the Chief Justice of the United States. Each judge serves for a maximum of seven years and their terms are staggered to ensure continuity on the Court. By statute, the judges must be drawn from at least seven of the United States judicial circuits, and three of the judges must reside within 20 miles of the District of Columbia. Judges typically sit for one week at a time, on a rotating basis.
Wagner and Winick On the Law
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Wagner and Winick On the Law is the talk radio program for individuals interested in contemporary legal issues, social policy, and the protection of personal rights within our legal system. Co-hosted by law school President and Dean Mitchel Winick and law professor and trial attorney Stephen Wagner, the program features live interviews with lawyers, judges, business professionals, and policy experts discussing legal issues that affect our daily lives. Guest co-host law professor and attorney Michael Cohen adds an international law dimension in his bi-weekly program segment “International Crossroads”. As the hosts remind listeners every week, "If you don’t know the law, know a lawyer!"
Mitchel Winick and Stephen Wagner, with Michael Cohen
Stephen Wagner and Mitchel Winick have broadcast together as co-hosts since Wagner and Winick On the Law began broadcasting in 2014 on KSCO AM 1080, one of the nation’s leading independent talk radio stations. Michael Cohen has joined the program as a regular guest co-host and as producer of the special segment, “International Crossroads”.
Mitchel L. Winick is the President and Dean of Monterey and San Luis Obispo Colleges of Law. Winick’s thirty-year career has included legal education, law, and business. A former Assistant Attorney General of Texas, Winick has served as V.P. of a publicly traded company, senior partner in a management consulting firm, and co-founder of a venture capital firm.
Stephen Wagner serves as a law professor at San Luis Obispo College of Law and as a trial deputy, specializing in vehicular homicide cases, with the San Luis Obispo County DA's Office. As a law professor, Wagner teaches Criminal Law and Evidence. He is a former prosecutor with the California District Attorney’s Association and the San Benito DA’s Office.
Michael Cohen is a law professor and a partner with Sheppard Mullin's Antitrust and International Competition Practice Group. Cohen hosts the bi-weekly “International Crossroads”. Starting in law enforcement as an Assistant Special Prosecutor, Cohen has spent more than two decades defending multinational clients across the globe. Cohen teaches Constitutional Law and Business Organizations at Monterey College of Law.