Trump renominates Aditya Bamzai to civil liberties board

President Donald Trump has nominated University of Virginia law professor Aditya Bamzai to another term on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Bamzai was nominated for a term that expires on Jan. 29, 2020, according to the White House website. Trump has sent Bamzai’s re-nomination for another term till January 2026 to the Senate, which has to approve it.

The five-member bipartisan agency was created in 2007 to ensure that the government’s national security efforts are “balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties,” according to its website.

According to Bamzai’s profile on the university website, he “teaches and writes about civil procedure, administrative law, federal courts, national security law and computer crime. He joined the University of Virginia School of Law as an associate professor in June 2016.

His work has been published in prominent law journals and he has argued cases relating to the separation of powers and national security in the U.S. Supreme Court, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, D.C. Circuit and other federal courts of appeals.”

The university website also writes: “Before entering the academy, Bamzai served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an appellate attorney in both private practice and for the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. Earlier in his career, he was a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is a graduate of Yale University and of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the law review.

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