Duke Law students take the ABA’s Annual National Security Law conference by storm!


This week a record-setting 18 Duke Law students joined more than 500 other attendees at the 26th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law sponsored by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security. nslschairs

Duke Law’s National Security Law Society co-chairs Kara Iskenderian and Brendan Neville organized student teams to help with the conference by handling microphones, staffing CLE tables, and greeting attendees.

abatableIn addition, my Research Assistant Amy Richardson (shown here with 2L Sydney Booker) hosted the table exhibit (designed by Victoria Zellefrow and Lindsay Romoff) for Duke Law’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS).

All attendees had the opportunity to meet many luminaries in the national security law field at the conference itself and at the conference dinner where they were introduced to the speaker, Avril D. Haines, the Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor.

pictureabapanelThe conference itself had a jammed-packed agenda of very interesting topics (speaker and panel discussions will be available online soon).  The LENS-sponsored panel I had the privilege to moderate was entitled Cyber Challenges for the New Administration and featured Kristen Eichensehr , Eric Jensen, Harvey Rishikof , and Jill Rhodes.

This reminds me: be sure to mark your calendars for our 2017 conference here at Duke set for Friday, February 24, and Saturday morning, February 25. The theme is Cyber, Security & Surveillance: Truth & Consequences and – wow – what a lineup of speakers and panelists we have for this upcoming event!

poster2017picHere’s a sampling of the people you will see at Duke Law in February: John Carlin, former Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management at Facebook; Glenn Gerstell, General Counsel, National Security Agency; Erin Wirtanen, Central Intelligence Agency; Ari Schwartz, Managing Director of Cybersecurity Services, Venable LLP; Kristen Eichensehr, UCLA Law School; Bill Banks, Syracuse Law School; Rosa Brooks, Georgetown Law; Kori Schake, Stanford University’s Hoover Institute; Susan Hennessy, Brookings Institution; Mike Newton, Vanderbilt Law School, Mieke Eoyang, Third Way; Dean Cheng, Heritage Foundation; Lt Gen. Flora Darpino, TJAG, U.S. Army; Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Rockwell, DJAG, U.S. Air Force; MG Blaise Cathcart, Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Forces; Mary-Rose Papandrea, UNC Law School; Eric Jensen, Brigham Young University School of Law; Sean Watts, Creighton University School of Law; David Hoffman. Intel/Duke Law; and Col. Linell Letendre, USAF, Head, Department of Law, U.S. Air Force Academy.

We plan to open registration in December.  The conference (which we expect to qualify for CLE) fills up very quickly, so be sure to subscribe to my Lawfire blog and our newsletter to be among the first to get the opportunity to sign up.  It’ll be fun and intriguing!


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