Annual Review Conferences

About the Annual Review Conferences

The Annual Review Conferences, held each year in the fall, are jointly cosponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the Center on National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law and the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law.

25th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law
November 5 & 6, 2015 | The Capital Hilton

Conference Program | Speaker Biographies

CLE Materials Day One | CLE Materials Day Two
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Thursday, November 5

Conference Overview and Welcome
James E. Baker

Panel I - Executive Branch Updates on Developments in National Security Law
James E. Baker, Moderator
RDML Darse E. "Del" Crandall, USN; Brian Egan; The Honorable Caroline Krass; The Honorable Robert Litt; Mary E. McLeod; Robert Taylor; Karl R. Thompson

Panel II - Legal Issues of Future War
Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (ret.), Moderator
Laurie Blank; Rosa Brooks; Nita Farahany; Colonel David E. Graham, USA (ret.)


Luncheon - National Security Law: A Judicial Roundup
William Banks, Moderator
Erin Murphy; Derek Shaffer


Panel III - Legal Issues in the South China Sea Controversy 

John Norton Moore, Moderator
Peter Dutton; Nong Hong; James Kraska; Paul Reichler; Capt. J. Ashley Roach, USN (ret.)


Dinner - A Disction with National Security Journalists: "What Are the News Stories of the Next Decade?"
Harvey Rishikof, Moderator 
Dana Priest; Dina Temple-Raston

Friday, November 6

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Linda Klein

Panel IV - National Security Ethical Challenges and Model Rules
James E. Baker; Lala R. Qadir; Harvey Rishikof


Panel V - Emerging Technology and Executive Order 12333
Mary Ellen Callahan, Moderator
Lara Flint; Nancy Fortenberry; Elisa Massimino; David Medine; Corin Stone


Luncheon - The State of Play: Retooling Uncle Sam Since 9/11
Joel Brenner, Moderator
The Honorable Stevan Bunnell; The Honorable John Carlin


Panel VI - Domestic Drones
Laura K. Donohue, Moderator
General Randolph D. Alles, USMC (ret.); Lisa Ellman; Alan Frazier; Reginald C. "Reggie" Govan; Colonel Dawn Zoldi, USAF


Panel VII - The Future of Nuclear Non-Proliferation
David Koplow, Moderator
The Honorable Thomas M. Countryman; Michaela Dodge; David Jonas; Seyed Hossein Mousavian


24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference

November 6 - November 7, 2014 | The Capital Hilton


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Opening Remarks and Panel I - Executive Branch Updates on Developments in National Security Law (Panel I begins at ~6:57)
Opening Remarks: ABA President William Hubbard
Moderator: Ben Powell; Discussants: Caroline Krass, Robert Litt, Brigadier General Richard Gross, U.S. Army, Rajesh De, Cynthia Ryan and John Carlin

Panel II - Role of the Judiciary in National Security
: Viet Dinh; Discussants: the Honorable John D. Bates, the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh, the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown and Benjamin Wittes

Keynote Address - Protecting Critical Infrastructure in a Heightened Risk Environment
The Honorable Suzanne E. Spaulding

Panel III - The Future of Foreign Intelligence
: Laura Donohue; Discussants: William Banks, Jameel Jaffer, David Kris and Robert Litt

Panel IV - Ethical Issues Facing Lawyers Practicing National Security Law: A Discussion
: Harvey Rishikof and the Honorable James Baker

Panel V - The Economic & Financial Threat Domain: Making Smart Sanctions Smarter
: John Norton Moore; Discussants: Ilan Berman, Richard Newcomb, Steve Perles, Andrew Davenport and Juan Zarate

Keynote Address
Vice Admiral Nanette DeRenzi, U.S. Navy

Panel VI - Military Justice: Continuity or Change? 
: Major General Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret.); Discussants: Lieutenant General Flora Darpino, U.S. Army, Rachel VanLandingham, Gary Solis and Captain Lindsay Rodman, USMC

Panel VII - Cybersecurity: Will We Ever Be Secure?
: Jill Rhodes; Discussants: Judith Miller, Keith Lowry and Kathleen Rice

23rd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference

October 31 - November 1, 2013 | Ritz Carlton Hotel

- Conference Program -


DAY ONE: Part One  |  Part Two

DAY TWO: Day Two Materials


Panel I - Executive Updates on Developments in National Security Law
: Harvey Rishikof; Discussants: Brad Wiegmann, Raj De, Robert Eatinger, BG Richard C. Gross, Robert Litt and Robert Taylor

As Prepared Remarks of Robert Litt (IC on the Record)

Panel II - Legislative Updates on Developments in National Security Law
: Ben Powell; Discussants: Darren Dick, David Grannis, Jack Livingston and Daniel Silverberg

Keynote Discussion - Critical National Security Cases to Watch
: William Banks; Discussants: Miguel Estrada and Pratik Shah

Panel III - Do We Need a New AUMF?
: Charlie Dunlap; Discussants: Curtis Bradley, Jennifer Daskal, Deborah Pearlstein and Stephen Vladeck

Panel IV - International Organized Crime and National Security
: John Norton Moore; Discussants: Spike Bowman, Tom Fuentes, Douglass Maynard and Luz Nagle

Panel V - Cybersecurity: Future Challenges
: Mary DeRosa; Discussants: Leonard Bailey, Steven Chabinsky, Laura Donohue, James Lewis and Daniel Sutherland

Keynote Address - National Security Law as a Practice Area
Jeffrey H. Smith

Panel VI - Ethical Issues Facing Lawyers Practicing National Security Law
: Al Harvey; Discussants: Honorable James Baker and Col. J.P. "Dutch" Bialke

Video and additional coverage from the 23rd Annual Review Conference is available here.

22nd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law

Conference CLE Material

DAY ONE       |     DAY TWO - Part A   Part B

Day 1 - Thursday, November 29, 2012

Conference Overview and Welcome
Harvey Rishikof
Laurel Bellows

Panel I – Role of the Courts in National Security Law: Past, Present and Future
Moderator: William C. Banks
Discussants: Robert Chesney, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, Deborah Pearlstein and Judge James Robertson (Ret.)

Panel II – Intelligence Law Developments
Moderator: George Jameson
Discussants: Eliana Davidson, Chris Donesa, Christine Healey, Robert Litt and Stephen Preston

Luncheon Keynote Address – “How Today’s Cybersecurity Problems are Reshaping National Security Law”
Steven R. Chabinsky

Panel III – Emerging Technologies
Moderator: Viet Dinh
Discussants: David Cole, Lisa Monaco, Robert O’Harrow and Wyndee Parker

Dinner Keynote Address
The Honorable William H. Webster

Day 2 - Friday, November 30, 2012

Panel IV – National Security and International Law
Moderator: Robert F. Turner
Discussants: Jeremy Rabkin, Nicholas Rostow and Ruth Wedgwood

Panel V – The Law of Armed Conflict: Past, Present and Future
: The Honorable Scott L. Silliman
Discussants: Laurie Blank, David E. Graham, Hays Parks and Sean Watts

Luncheon Keynote Address – “Newfangled Checks on Executive Power”
Neal K. Katyal

Panel VI – Human Rights and National Security Law Issues
: Stephen I. Vladeck
Discussants: Col. Richard B. Jackson (Ret.), Martin S. Lederman, Neomi Rao and Hina Shamsi

Panel VII – Ethical Dilemmas Facing Lawyers Practicing National Security Law (Government and Private Practice)
: Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
Discussants: Judge James E. Baker and Kathleen Clark


21st Annual Review of the Field of
National Security Law Conference

DECEMBER 1-2, 2011

The Honorable     Brigadier General    The Honorable 
  Harold Koh         Mark S. Martins        Jane Holl Lute
International         "Legitimacy and        December 2, Lunch   
 Lawyering for the    Constraint in            Keynote Address
 U.S. Government    Reformed Military
 in an Age of            Commissions"
 Smart Power"

   Podcast                     Podcast                     Podcast
                                   Transcript                  Transcript


Thursday, December 1, 2011
Panel I - Executive Update on Developments in National Security Law
Moderator: Harvey Rishikof
Discussants: Robert S. Litt, Stephen W. Preston, Lisa Monaco, Jeh C. Johnson and Ivan K. Fong

Panel II - Congressional Update on Developments in National Security Law
Moderator: Peter Raven-Hansen
Discussants: Michael Allen, Paul M. Lewis, Nick Rossi and Andrew Keller

Panel III - Kosovo, Libya and Presidential War Powers for Multilateral Humanitarian Interventions
Moderator: William M. Treanor
Discussants: Oona A. Hathaway, Martin S. Lederman, David M. Golove and Robert F. Turner

Friday, December 2, 2011
Panel IV - Use of Force Decisions of the International Court of Justice: Triumph or Tragedy?
Moderator: The Honorable Edwin D. Williamson
Discussants: Michael J. Matheson, Sean D. Murphy, John Norton Moore and Paul Reichler 

Panel V - The Uniform Code of Military Justice: Does it Work in War as Well as in Peace?
Moderator: Scott L. Silliman
Discussants: Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., Lt. Col. Katherine E. Oler, Lt. Col. Daniel M. Froehlich and Maj. E. John Gregory

Panel VI - Public but Classified: “A System Awash in Open Secrets”?
Moderator: Viet D. Dinh
Discussants: Mary B. DeRosa, Eliana Davidson, Barton Gellman and Steven Aftergood

Panel VII - Ethical Dilemmas Facing Lawyers Practicing National Security Law (Government and Private Practice)
Moderator: James E. McPherson
Discussants:William M. Treanor and Thomas D. Morgan    

Conference Materials

Day 1: Panel I     Panel II     Panel III
Day 2: Panel IV    Panel V    Panel VI    Panel VII

20th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference

November 4-5, 2010 – Renaissance Hotel

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Panel I - Executive Update on Developments in National Security Law
: Harvey Rishikof, Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security
Robert Litt, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Robert J. Eatinger Jr., Central Intelligence Agency
David S. Kris, U.S. Department of Justice
Jeh C. Johnson, U.S. Department of Defense
Joseph B. Maher, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Panel II – Governance of Domestic Intelligence
    : Suzanne Spaulding, Principal, Bingham Consulting Group
    Richard G. Kerlikowske, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
    Caryn A. Wagner, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    William Banks, Syracuse University College of Law
    Lara M. Flint, Senior Counsel to Senator Russell D. Feingold

    The Honorable Lindsey O. Graham, U.S. Senator
    Judicial Nominees and National Security

    Friday, November 5, 2010
    Panel IV: Targeted Killing and Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems
    : John Norton Moore, Director, Center for National Security Law, Professor, University of Virginia School of Law
    David E. Graham, The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School
    Jamie A. Williamson, International Committee of the Red Cross Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada
    Kenneth Anderson, American University Washington College of Law
    Vincent Warren, Center for Constitutional Rights

    Panel V: National Security Transformation
    : James R. Locher III, President and CEO Project on National Security Reform
    Gordon Lederman, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    Jamie Gorelick, Wilmer Hale
    Michael Allen, National Security Preparedness Group Bipartisan Policy Center
    Jeffrey Smith, Arnold & Porter

    November 5 Luncheon Keynote Address
    The Honorable Stewart A. Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP and former Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    Cyberwar: What is it Good For?

    Conference Program
    Conference Materials Day 1
    Conference Materials Day 2 

    19th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law

    November 12-13, 2009

    Conference Materials
    Printed copies of the conference reports are available for $25 each.  Please contact if you would like to purchase a bound copy of the reports.

    Click here to download Day 1 Conference Materials

    Click here download Day 2 Conference Materials 

    Click here to listen to speech b Robert Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence


    Opening Remarks - Carolyn Lamm
    Panel I - Executive Update on Developments in National Security Law
    Link to Video

    Panel II - Legislative Update on Developments in National Security Law and Keynote Address - Hon. James B. Steinberg

    Panel III - Emerging Issues in National Security Law: Narco-Violence Along the Border

    Friday Opening Remarks - Professor John Norton Moore
    Panel IV - Modern Piracy: Legal and Policy Options

    Panel V - Military Commissions

    Keynote Address - Hon. Janet Napolitano

    Panel VI - Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare and Panel VII - Ethics Challenges for National Security Lawyers In and Out of Government

    18th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law

    Issues for the New Administration

    November 6 and 7, 2008

    Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    Click here to hear remarks by Admiral Mullen.

    Conference Materials Day 1
    Conference Materials Day 2

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    Conference Podcasts

    Welcome : Albert C. Harvey
    Panel I: The Nature, Scope and Scale of National Security Threats Inside and Outside of the United States (S. Spaulding, J. Brenner, D. Kay, J. Billy)

    Panel II: Managing The Intelligence Enterprise (S. Bowman, W. Parker, W. Banks, M. Heimbach, J. Locher)

    Panel III: A Sustainable Legal Regime for Foreign and Domestic Intelligence (E. Parker, L. Flint, J. Rizzo, J. Baker, J. McPherson)

    Luncheon Keynote Address: Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senate, RI, Restoring Integrity in Government Lawyering

    Panel IV : The War in Georgia and the Future of U.S./Russian Relations (J. Moore, S. Kislyak, J. Collins, D. Simes)

    Part V : Challenges for the Private Sector in National Security (J. Miller, A. Chen, J. MacGaffin, G. Snow)

    Welcome Address : H. Thomas Wells, Jr., President, American Bar Association

    Panel VI: Due Process and Issues Surrounding Detention: Considerations for the New Administration (H. Rishikof, K. Martin, G. Sulmasy, M. Waxman, B. Wittes)

    Panel VII: Prosecution by Military Commission: A Question
    for the Next Administration
    (S. Silliman, J. Altenburg, C. Swift, J. Jaffer, D. Rivkin)

    Keynote Luncheon Address by the Honorable David B. Sentelle, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, National Security: The Changing Role of the Courts

    Panel VIII: Ethical Issues for National Security Lawyers
    (A. Harvey, J. Baker, K. Clark, J. Hutson, A. Mora)

    17th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law

    November 15-16, 2007

    MCLE Conference Materials Day1  
    MCLE Conference Materials Day2 
    Speaker Bios

    Welcoming Remarks and Panel I 
    Executive Branch Perspectives
    Click here to listen to podcast. 

    Panel IV
    Extraordinary Rendition
    Moderator: Scott Silliman
    Robert Chesney
    John Radsan
    Margaret Satterthwaite
    Michael Scheuer

    Click here to listen Part 1.
    Click here to listen Part 2.

    Panel V 
    National Security Strategy for a New Administration
    Moderator: John Norton Moore
    Kurt Campbell
    Jeffrey Smith
    Nicholas Rostow
    Marin Strmecki

    Click here to listen Part 1.
    Click here to listen Part 2.

    Luncheon Keynote Speech
    Major General Charles J. Dunlap Jr., USAF, Deputy Judge Advocate General, United States Air Force
    “Lawfare and Warfare”

    Click here to listen to podcast.

    Luncheon Keynote Speech
    Congressman James Cooper, Chair, Special Committee on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces, House Armed Services Committee

    Click here to listen to podcast.  

    Dinner Speech
    The Honorable James Comey, SVP and GC, Lockheed Martin and Former Deputy AG, Justice

    Click here to listen to podcast. 

    16th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law

    November 30 - December 1, 2006

    Conference Program
    Speaker Bios
    Conference Materials

    Opening Reception
    National Security and Homeland Security Careers in Nontradition Settings
    Audio (low quality)

    Panel I
    Round Table Discussion: Survey of New Developments in National Security Law: Executive Branch Perspectives  
    Audio   |    Video (C-SPAN) 

    Panel II
    Round Table Discussion: Survey of New Developments in National Security Law  
    Welcoming Remarks: Karen Mathis, President, American Bar Association   

    Luncheon Keynote Speaker 
    Senator Arlen Specter, Chairman, Senate Committee on the Judiciary  

    Panel III
    Accountability of Contractors on the Battlefield

    Dinner Keynote Speaker
    Secretary Michael Chertoff, U.S. Department of Homeland Security  
    Audio (low quality)   |    Video (C-SPAN)

    DECEMBER 1, 2006
    Opening Remarks
    Stewart A. Baker, Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security  
    Audio   |    Video (C-SPAN)  |    Slides 

    Panel IV
    Civil Litigation in the War on Terror  
    Audio   |    Video (C-SPAN) 

    Panel V
    Detaining and Prosecuting Terrorists: Hamdan and Beyond  
    Audio   |    Video (C-SPAN) 

    Luncheon Keynote Speaker
    Congresswoman Jane Harman, Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence  
    Audio   |    Video (C-SPAN) 

    Panel VI
    National Security Secrets and Democracy: Leaks, Whistleblowers and the Press  
    Audio   |    Video (C-SPAN)


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