Craig N. Ettinger '18 publishes scholarly paper in George Mason University’s Civil Rights Law Journal

Ettinger wrote the paper for a law school class with Professor Lori Andrews

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Craig N. Ettinger
Craig Ettinger '18 has published a scholarly paper titled, "Does the History Behind the Adoption of the Fourth Amendment Demand Abolishing the Third-Party Doctrine?" in the fall 2018 issue of George Mason University’s Civil Rights Law Journal. 

Craig N. Ettinger, a 2018 graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, has published a scholarly paper in the fall 2018 issue of George Mason University’s Civil Rights Law Journal. He wrote the paper, titled Does the History Behind the Adoption of the Fourth Amendment Demand Abolishing the Third-Party Doctrine?, for a Chicago-Kent class on The Law of Social Networks, taught by Distinguished Professor Lori Andrews. 

In his article, Ettinger details how Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures conflict with the third-party doctrine, a legal precedent that allows the government to obtain information without a warrant if that information has been voluntarily disclosed to a third party. Ettinger argues that the third-party doctrine should be abolished in its entirety and that doing so would restore every citizen's expectation of privacy rights with respect to any governmental act that intrudes upon a person's private information.

Craig Ettinger is currently an associate at Michael D. Ettinger Associates PC, a criminal defense firm that often deals with Fourth Amendment issues. During law school, he was a member of Chicago-Kent's Intellectual Property Law Society and a teaching assistant for Professor Hank Perritt's Civil Procedure class. Ettinger graduated magna cum laude from Chicago-Kent in 2018 and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Founded in 1888, Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law.

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