Shortbursts: AF Birthday Celebration; ABA Conference; National Security Law Society; Speaker Series; and more!

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Air Force Birthday Celebration

Duke’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 585 put on magnificent dinner for the service’s 75th anniversary.  My wife (Joy) described the event this way:

What a fabulous evening spent with AFROTC cadets from Duke and North Carolina Central Universities to celebrate the Air Force’s 75th birthday!  Organized and presented by AFROTC Detachment 585, the event was top-notch! 

A visual presentation along the theme “Innovate. Accelerate. Thrive,” the moving POW/MIA table and ceremony, and a keynote speech (and fireside chat Q&A) by the Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command Lt. Gen. Jim Slife kept everyone’s attention.  The posting of the Colors,  corporate singing of the National Anthem and Air Force Song, and birthday cake cutting added to the specialness of the festivities. 

We so enjoyed sitting with the Air Force cadets, hearing about their plans and answering their questions. And, yes, we shared a few stories too. 

Based on what we heard and saw from these young leaders- their professionalism, intelligence, commitment, attention to detail and desire to serve – the Air Force will continue to be in great hands as it heads towards its Centennial!  

It was an honor to be with these impressive young men and women and to celebrate the Air Force’s past and to look forward to its future!

Retired Lt Colonel Doug Dickerson’s efforts, along with those of Det 585 commander Lt Col Mike Nishimura and the entire cadet cadre, produced a flawless and very memorable program!

Co-sponsorship of ABA’s 32nd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference

The Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS) will once again be one of the co-sponsors of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security conference.  The conference this year will be in-person, and LENS will be bringing a group of Duke Law students to DC to attend it.  (For Duke Law students, contact the National Security Law Society if interested in attending)

More info about the conference can be found here:

 The National Security Law Society

NSL Society officers: President Nicole De Brigard, VP Maddie Cash, and VP Riley Flewelling

The National Security Law Society (NSLS) had a very successful recruiting session at Duke Law’s Student Activities Fair this fall.  It has co-sponsored with LENS the Fall Speaker Series that so far has drawn packed rooms.  In addition, NSLS has sponsored post-event coffees with the speakers and students that are proving very popular.  NSLS is also working with LENS concerning the upcoming 28th Annual National Security Law conference.  Students interested in joining should contact President Nicole De Brigard, or VPs Maddie Cash and Rilely Flewelling.

Fall Speaker Series

So far this fall LENS and the National Security Law Society have welcomed a number of great speakers, starting with Mr. Ben Kastan, Associate General Counsel for Cybersecurity at the National Security Agency, who spoke on September 6th on Cybersecurity and National Security: Current Legal and Policy Challenges”.  

On September 22nd, Mr. Adam Hickey, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security, addressed “Countering Nation-State Threats in the Modern Era.”  Like Ben Kastan, he was interviewed by our own Shane Stansbury.

The NSLS also arranged a coffee for law students with Mr. Tom Brzozowski, Counsel for Domestic Terrorism for the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice, who was in town for another event.

Still speakers to come!

On October 17th, we’ll host Ms. Heather Huntley from the Centers for Disease Control who speak on “Public Health Emergency Law”; and on November 7th Mr. Les Carnegie, a partner with Latham & Watkins, will talk to students about “National Security Law in the Private Sector.”

Save the date for the LENS Conference!

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