Register now for Duke’s National Security Law Conference, 22-23 Feb

Registration is now open for Duke Law’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS) 24th Annual National Security Law Conference!

It’s set for Friday, 22 Feb and Saturday morning, 23 Feb here at the Law School.  The Conference networking session/dinner will be Friday evening at the Washington Duke InnThe Hon. Paul Ney, the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, has confirmed our speaker.

If you would like to attend, I’m hoping that you’ll register as soon as possible as the conference is already starting to fill up (and we really haven’t begun advertising in earnest).  Because of the recent reassessment of the seating capacity of the rooms we use, we’ll probably need to cut off registration at about 300 attendees (even with our ‘overflow’ room with live simulcast) so, please  register now so you don’t miss out!

The registration cost is modest, and there are special rates for full-time students and active duty military personnel (including activated Guard and reserve troops).  Registration includes continental breakfasts both days, and a box lunch on Friday. (The networking reception/conference dinner has a separate charge, but also has significantly reduced rates for active duty military and fulltime students).

We’ve applied to NC and PA for ten hours of CLE, including two hours of ethics. (Historically attendees have used the documentation from NC/PA to obtain CLE credit in other licensure jurisdictions.) That said, the conference is hardly one that’s only for lawyers (almost half our attendees are not lawyers).  If you take a look at the agenda you may agree the conference is one of our very best ever – and there is something for everybody.

Mr. Silliman

We are very excited to have Mr. Craig Silliman, Executive Vice President – Public Policy and General Counsel, at Verizon Corporation as our keynote speaker.  He’ll give us a perspective from the private sector on Three National Security Issues We Will Need to Address in the Next Five Years.“  I’m very much looking forward to hear his prognostications!

LCDR Reynolds

Col. Zoldi

He’ll be followed by a panel which will address a potpourri of some of the hottest national security legal issues: LCDR Tracy Reynolds (South China Sea); Col. Dawn Zoldi, USAF (ret.) (Domestic drones); Mr. Chris Santora (Immigration and National Security); Ms. Zhanna Malekos-Smith (Grey Zone conflicts).

Lt Gen Rockwell

The luncheon speaker will be the Air Force’s always-interesting senior military lawyer, Lt. Gen. Jeff Rockwellwho will talk to us about The National Security Strategy and the Practice of Law in the United States Air Force.”   He has some fascinating ideas about how the practice of law by uniformed attorneys can be integrated with – and supportive of – national strategy.

Prof. Stansbury

Next we’ll have a panel led by our own Prof. Shane Stansburyentitled Challenges in Cyberspace: Nation-state threats and more” where everything from economic espionage to cyber security and more will be discussed.

Ms. Eoyang

You’ll hear from Mr. Richard Scott, Global Legal Investigations Manager at HP Inc.; Ms. Erin Wirtanen, Chief Counsel for the Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI) for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); MrJason Kelhoffer, Asst. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of NC; and Ms. Mieke Eoyang, Vice President for Third Way’s National Security Program.

Prof. McCord

Later in the afternoon Prof. Stansbury will discuss with Georgetown Law Prof. (and former Acting Attorney General for National Security) Mary McCord, whether or not we need new law to address domestic terrorism.

Prof Farahany

A truly ‘don’t-miss’ event is the presentation by ProfNita Farahany, who’s speaking onNeuroscience, Ethics and National Security.”  If you’ve never heard her speak, you’re in for a real treat.  Prof. Farahany has an uncanny ability to take extraordinarily complex concepts and translate them into a presentation that is understandable by all.

We are thrilled to have former Secretary of Homeland Security, the Hon. Michael Chertoff, to talk about his new best-seller“Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age.”  If you were worried about your privacy in cyberspace, fasten your seat belt because this book is a real eye-opener.  Your learn about the issues and, more importantly, Secretary Chertoff’s proposals to address them. (BTW, books will be available for purchase, and Secretary Chertoff has kindly agreed to autograph them for you.)

Saturday morning will be kicked off by Rear Admiral Steven J. Andersen, the Coast Guard’s senior military lawyer whose presentation title says it all: 90° North & South: Legal issues in the Arctic and Antarctic”.  In my view, the arctic is the “”next big thing” in global security …if it isn’t already!

Prof. Newton

He’ll be followed by retired Army JAG and current Vanderbilt Law professor Mike Newton, who will speak on From Nuremberg to Now: An Update on International Criminal Law.”  (Prof. Newton really knows his stuff; in another life he was the star on a team I accompanied that went to Iraq to present a short course to help train Iraqi lawyers prosecuting, defending, and judging former members of Saddam Hussein’s regime, and he’s recently returned from the Hague where he was litigating a case). 

Army Lt. Col. Chris Ford, one of the nation’s top experts on the international law applicable to autonomous weapons, will then give us an update on this burgeoning area of the law (check out his law review article here).

Next, Duke’s Zhanna Malekos-Smith will present (with some Duke Law student thespians!) a skit (yes, I said a skit), about the law as to what constitutes an “act of war” in cyberspaceI’ve seen it, and it’s an awesome example of innovative pedagogy.

Ms. Oler

We’ll wind up the conference with Ms. Kate OlerSpecial Master, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, who will make a presentation on ethics and the national security lawyer(As Kate will explain, notwithstanding her current title, she has over twenty years’ experience in the national security law space.)

I hope to see you in February and, again, please register now!

PS: If you can help us support conference attendance by students and member of the armed forces, please consider a making a donation.  Details found here.

PPS: We expect to once again have “LENS Scholars” in attendance thanks to the generous support of Intel Corporation, Duke Law grad John Stark, and long-time conference attendees, Brig Gen (Dr.) Russ Kilpatrick, USAF (Ret.) and his wife, Malissa Kilpatrick, and Mr. Steve Schanz.  (We’d be thrilled to add you to our donor list!)

“LENS Scholars”  are selected students from law school around the nation who are interested in national and, really, international security law.  Here’s a photo of last year’s Scholars:






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