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Standing Committee on Law & National Security


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(July 2012) ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security 50th Anniversary

National Security Law Fifty Years of Transformation From the Past to the Future: an Anthology

A review of these past fifty years is inviting not only for the development of the legal arena, but also the growth of the Committee, its contributions to the field and its people. This book attempts to capture both sides of this paradigm, the legal transformation as well as some of the individuals behind it.

Featured Publication

The Sourcebook of Public-Private Partnerships for Security and Resilience

A landmark publication that sets out all the statutes, executive orders, legal issues, and models that are relevant to public-private partnerships. It covers the law as it relates to counterterrorism and non-proliferation, mobility and maritime security, health and special weapons, disaster preparedness and response, and protection of cyber and critical infrastructure.

The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals, Second Edition

By Jill D. Rhodes and Robert S. Litt

Since the release of the first edition of The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms and Business Professionals published in 2013, cybersecurity breaches in law firms have made news headlines and clients are asking questions about lawyers’ and firms’ security programs.

This updated book from the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force will enable you to identify potential cybersecurity risks and prepare you to respond in the event of an attack.  It addresses the current overarching threat as well as ethical issues and special considerations for law firms of all sizes.  The Handbook also includes the most recent ABA Ethics Opinions and illustrates how you should approach the subject of cybersecurity threats and issues with clients as well as when and how to purchase and use cyber insurance. 

The U.S Intelligence Community Law Sourcebook, 2017 Edition

Edited by Andrew Borene, Adam Perlman and Harvey Rishikof

This book is a complete guide, including relevant federal statutes, intelligence authorization acts, executive orders, attorney general and the director of national intelligence guidelines, and proposed significant legislation.

A Playbook for Cyber Events (Second Edition)

By Daniel B. Prieto and Evan Wolff , Edited by Evan Sills

Organizations in the United States and around the world are increasingly at risk due to cyber threats as reliance on information technology (IT) systems grows. Cyber threats have become more sophisticated, persistent, and ubiquitous as organizations of all sizes and in all sectors are targeted. The threat of cyber incidents triggers a wide range of business considerations ranging from litigation and regulatory compliance concerns to potential disruption of core business functions.Network, system, and data security, therefore, are not simply the concerns of IT professionals but require the involvement of all parts of an enterprise, including legal, operations, C-level executives and corporate boards.

National Security Law in the News: A Guide for Journalists, Scholars, and Policymakers

Edited by Paul Rosenzweig, Timothy J. McNulty & Ellen Shearer

Much in America changed on September 11, 2001. One of those changes was the language of discourse in our public dialog about war and terrorism. But few realize that a robust and detailed body of law and policy lies behind that dialog. This new guide will demystify that law and policy by providing the necessary legal background and context for journalists and others who want to understand ongoing policy debates.

National Security Law: Fifty Years of Transformation- An Anthology

Edited by Jill D. Rhodes

A review of the past 50 years of national security law, this new book captures the history, growth, and development of the Committee, the nation, and the world in this ever-changing area of the law. Spanning the Cold War through the September 11, 2011 attacks, this anthology records the past and present. It provides insight and guidance to U.S. national security law practitioners, policymakers, the bar and the American public about unforeseen threats and opportunities, and brings insight into how debates from past history can influence our future.

Patriots Debate: Contemporary Issues in National Security Law

By Harvey Rishikof, Stewart Baker & Bernard Horowitz

This book provides informed, educated legal reasoning so that the reader may be able to have a basis to understand the foundational legal opinions, laws, policies and mores that form both the policies of the United States government, and the surrounding debates based on competing views of the Constitution, statutes, presidential directives, judicial decisions and history itself.

Whistleblowers, Leaks, and the Media 

Edited by Ellen Shearer, Paul Rosenzweig, and Timothy McNulty

A comprehensive examination of national security laws and the tensions between the public's right to know, and the government's right to protect its interests.

Careers in National Security Law

A valuable resource for law students and young lawyers.

Workshop Reports from the Standing Committee

Conference Publications

The National Security Law Report

The National Security Report was published from 1991 to 2011 and reported on committee conference, national security updates and relevant legislation. Search the newsletter archives.