Standing Committee on Law and National Security

The Standing Committee on Law and National Security is the oldest Standing Committee in the ABA. We have sustained a commitment to educating the Bar and public on national security issues.

CLE Reading Materials for "Hacking Elections"

Click through for the linked list of supplemental reading material for the Hacking Democracy: Elections and Beyond CLE Showcase program

Is U.S. ready to combat foreign digital threats as Nov. elections approach?

Read more about the upcoming CLE Showcase program at the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting on July 29th

Watch the Women in National Security Law Panel

WINSL Virtual Launch Event - June 4, 2020

The mission of WINSL is to support, promote, and develop women engaged in the practice of national security law. Watch the panel with Cynthia Ryan, Chair Standing Committee on Law and National Security; Amb. Bonnie Jenkins, Founder and Chair, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security; Mieke Eoyang, Vice President, National Security Program, Third Way; Dawn Browning, Deputy General Counsel, National Security and Cyber Law Branch, FBI

View - Speaker Bios

Read more about WINSL

Read the ABA News report on the Women in National Security Law launch event for a quick rundown of the topics and speakers covered during the panel.

Conferences and Events

Visit the ABA Cyber Task Force Page

The ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force's mission is to identify and compile resources within the ABA that pertain to cybersecurity, and to focus and coordinate the ABA’s legal and policy analyses and assessments of proposals relating to cybersecurity

ABA Cybersecurity Handbook

The second edition of the Handbook published by the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force addresses current overarching threats, describes how the technology works, outlines key legal requirements and ethical issues, and highlights special considerations for lawyers and practitioners of all types. It's a must read for anyone working in the field.

Find more National Security Resources

For more articles, books and information on the law, visit our resources page

About the Standing Committee

The Standing Committee on Law and National Security celebrated its 50 year anniversary in 2012 and is the oldest Standing Committee in the ABA. The Committee, since 1962, has sustained an unwavering commitment to educating the Bar and the public on the importance of the rule of law in preserving the freedoms of democracy and our national security. Founded by then-ABA President and later Supreme Court Justice Lewis J. Powell, the Committee focuses on legal aspects of national security with particular attention in recent years to issues raised by legal responses to terrorist events. The Committee conducts studies, sponsors programs and administers working groups on law and national security-related issues to serve members and the profession. Activities assist policymakers, educate lawyers, the media and the public, and enable the Committee to make recommendations to the ABA. The 11-member Committee is aided by an Advisory Committee, Counselors, and liaisons from ABA entities.