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Law & National Security Past Events

2019 Events

September 26, 2019

Fireside Chat with G. Zachary Terwilliger

G. Zachary Terwilliger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and Jamil Jaffer, Founder of the National Security Institute spoke at GMU

September 17, 2019

The Geospatial-Intelligence Revolution is Underway and You Should Care!

Tom Monheim, General Counsel of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency spoke to the committee about imagery, satellites, and geoint in the future of national security.

June 13, 2019

Luncheon with Andrea Gacki

Andrea Gacki, Director of the Office of Foreign Asset Control at the U.S. Department of the Treasury spoke to the committee about economic sanctions

May 22, 2019

The American Way: Rule of Law in Intelligence and Covert Operations

The Standing Committee and the National Security Institute at George Mason University held a launch event for the new 2019 U.S. Intelligence Community Law Sourcebook. Sourcebook co-editors Andrew Borene, Adam Pearlman and Harvey Rishikof spoke on a panel with national security practitioners Elisa Poteat and Megan Stifel.

May 1, 2019

Democracy and Justice in the Age of Disinformation

The Standing Committee and the Center on Strategic and International Studies held a Defending Democratic Institutions event "Democracy and Justice in the Age of Disinformation" on Law Day 2019. Suzanne Spaulding, Harvey Rishikof, and Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Committee members and former chairs addressed the audience on Russian foreign influence campaigns and the new report "Beyond the Ballot: How the Kremlin Works to Undermine the U.S. Justice System." 

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May 1, 2019

Supply Chain Security is National Security

Joyce Corell, Assistant Director, Supply Chain and Cyber Directorate, National Counterintelligence and Security Center; Stephen Preston, Partner and Chair of Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice, WilmerHale; and Harvey Rishikof, Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security Advisory Committee discussed the policies and rules that protect critical supply chains.

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March 30, 2019

Avril Haines: Strengthening American Democracy Through Service

Avril Haines is a Commissioner on the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service and the former Deputy National Security Advisor. She was joined by Paul Lekas, the General Counsel of the Commission, to talk about public service, the selective service and the Commission's Interim Report

Program Flyer | ABA News Article

March 5, 2019

Corin Stone

Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Strategy & Engagement Corin Stone, former Executive Director of the National Security Agency, spoke about the 2019 National Intelligence Strategy.

Program Flyer | ABA News Article

2018 Events

December 4, 2018

John Carlin: Dawn of the Code War

John Carlin of Morrison & Foerster, former Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice discussed his new book Dawn of the Code War, the time he spent fighting foreign cyber attacks in government, and what the future of digital warfare looks like.

Program Flyer

June 20, 2018

Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat: President Carter: The White House Years

Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat spoke about his new book President Carter: The White House Years and the key national security law issues that arose during the Carter administration.

Program Flyer

May 22, 2018

Joyce Corell: The Internet of Things and Supply Chain: The Next Generation of Vulnerabilities in National Security

Joyce Corell of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center Supply Chain and Cyber Directorate discussed managing the supply chains that support our nation's critical government and economic functions. 

Program Flyer

April 24, 2018

The Use of Force in North Korea: The Legal Process

Moderator Judge James Baker, chair of the Standing Committee and former Legal Advisor to the National Security Council (1997-2000) along with Brian Egan, former Legal Advisor to the National Security Council (2013-2016) and BG Rich Gross (USA, ret.), former Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed the constitutional and international legal questions and processes involved in strategic use of force decision-making.

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March 9, 2018

NCSC General Counsel Spencer Fisher: Calling American Lawyers to Action – The Legal Sector as a Critical Ally for National Security

General Counsel Spencer Fisher of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center delivered remarks after Director William Evanina was called away.

Program Flyer

February 22, 2018

Judge D. Brooks Smith and Ronald Collins: The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons

Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and Professor Ronald Collins of the University of Washington Law School discussed a new book on the role of judges over a brown-bag lunch event.

Program Flyer | Purchase the Book

January 12, 2018

Frances Townsend: National Security - Current Legal Issues and Dilemmas

Frances Townsend, former Presidential advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, spoke about FISA 702 and her experiences in government.

Program Flyer | Watch on CSPAN | ABA News Article

2017 Events

December 8, 2017

The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: Understanding the Evolving Cybersecurity Threat

The co-editors of the new handbook, Jill D. Rhodes and Robert S. Litt, discussed the cyber challenges facing attorneys, law firms and business professionals.

Program Flyer | Buy the ABA Cybersecurity Handbook

October 18, 2017

Joel Brenner: Keeping America Safe: Secure Networks for Critical Sectors

Joel Brenner served as Senior Counsel and Inspector General in the National Security Agency. He is currently a Senior Fellow at MIT.

MIT study "Keeping America Safe" |  Transcript of the speech

September 14, 2017

Dana Boente: Protecting National Assets Against Nation-State Threats

Dana Boente is the Acting Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Video | ABA News Article

June 6, 2017

Adam Smith: Economic Sanctions in the Trump Era

Adam Smith is an expert on US trade sanctions and international investment regulations. He is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who previously served in the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Program Flyer | Photos | ABA News

June 1, 2017

Melissa Hathaway: Cybersecurity - The Intersection of Law, Policy and Technology

A breakfast event featuring Melissa Hathaway, the president of Hathaway Global Strategies, and a cybersecurity expert who served in two presidential administrations.

Program Flyer | ABA News

May 5, 2017

Supervisory Special Agent Edward You: Safeguarding the Bioeconomy

A breakfast by the ABA Standing Committee featuring Edward You of the FBI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.

Find more information about Special Agent You and his talk here.

February 23, 2017

Dr. Jason Matheny: Future Thoughts and Emerging Technologies in National Security

Dr. Matheny is the director of IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity) which funds high risk/high reward research to advance US Intelligence interests. He spoke on the intersection between technical research and legal policy in the security world.

ABA News

January 17, 2017

Adam Segal: Hacked World Order

Adam Segal is an expert in cybersecurity and China policy with the Council on Foreign Relations, he joined the ABA for a talk and a Q&A session.

2016 Events

December 1, 2016

Ryan Crocker: Foreign Policy Challenges

Ambassador Crocker is a veteran of the foreign service department and has served as American ambassador to six countries across the Middle East. 


June 28, 2016

Breakfast Program: Vice Admiral James W. Crawford

VADM Crawford joined the Standing Committee to discuss international maritime legal issues.


June 23, 2016

Encryption Demystified: What Congress Should Consider in the Encryption Debate

This panel discussion was co-sponsored by Baylor Law School. It was moderated by  Daniel Silverberg (National Security Advisor, Office of Congressman Steny Hoyer) and the panelists included: Raj De (Partner, Mayer Brown), Suzan DelBene (Congresswoman, 1st Congressional District of Washington), Paul Rosenzweig (Founder, Red Branch Consulting PLLC | Senior Advisor, The Chertoff Group)

June 8, 2016

Book Talk: Global Intelligence Oversight

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May 5, 2016

Robert Mueller: Morris I. Leibman Award Luncheon

The Standing Committee presented the 2015 Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security to Robert Mueller, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (2001-2013). 


April 27, 2016

Laura Donohue: The Future of Foreign Intelligence

Laura Donohue, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, joined the Standing Committee to discuss her new book The Future of Foreign Intelligence: Privacy and Surveillance in a Digital Age

March 17, 2016

John Carlin: Recent Trends and Hot Topics in the National Security Cyber Field

John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, discussed the national security threat landscape and recent trends in the U.S. government’s whole-of-government approach to disrupting national security cyber threats.

February 16, 2016

Robert Litt: The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

Robert Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, joined the Standing Committee in a conversation about the Fourth Amendment in the digital age.

January 13, 2016

William Banks: Soldiers on the Home Front

Dean Banks analyzed the military's domestic role as it is shaped by law, and discussed what we must learn and do before the next crisis.