Duke Law students meet Lisa Monaco and Avril Haines, and get ready to welcome Paula Kocher and Rep. Adam Schiff!

Duke Law students interested in national security issues are having a busy semester.  Last week several students had the opportunity to meet with Lisa Monaco, the former Justice Department prosecutor who served as the President Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor.  The session at the Sanford School was entitled “Women in National Security,” and Ms. Monaco related some of her experiences in the national security arena to an audience of both undergraduates and grad students.  We are grateful to our friends at Duke’s Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security for giving us some spots!

I did have an opportunity to meet with Ms. Monaco along with others participating in Duke’s Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship Program.  Ms. Monaco later gave University-wide address about “Counterterrorism in the Trump Era: A Conversation with Lisa Monaco,” and the video of it can be found here.

This week Duke Law students lunched at the Washington Duke Inn with Avril Haines, who had been President Obama’s Deputy National Security advisor (the first woman to occupy that position).  Ms. Haines described her typical day in the White House, and some of the complex legal issues she had to confront.  She also shared with the students a lot of insights she had about government service in general, and why she found it so rewarding.

Upcoming Speakers

On October 23rd Ms. Paula Kocher, the Deputy Associate General Counsel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta will be a guest speaker for my National Security Law class.  Ms. Kocher supervises a staff of 23 attorneys, seven of whom work in the DC area and one who works in Boston. Here’s what her office does:

The CDC Branch provides legal advice and services to two agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).  Primary enabling authorities are found in the Public Health Service Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act.

The class will take place in Room 4045 from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.  If you would like to sit in on this particular class, send me an email and I’ll work to find a seat for you.

On October 30th LENS will co-sponsor a lecture by Rep. Adam Schiff at the Penn Pavilion across campus.  This event requires tickets, and I have enough for my National Security Law class.  However, I do have few extras, so if you are interested, send me an email and I’ll see what I can do for you.

Lots of things happening!!

PS: Be sure to save the date for our annual conference set for Friday, 23 Feb, and Saturday morning, 24 Feb 2018!!


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