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.

National Security Law Career Fair - Oct 23. 1pm - 3:30pm

The Standing Committee is co-sponsoring a national security law career fair featuring recruiters from government, military and private agencies. View the event flyer for a full list of organizations. The career fair will be at George Washington University Marvin Center, 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC.

Past Events - President Carter: The White House Years

On June 20, 2018 Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat addressed an ABA luncheon Visit our past events page to view the speaker list and hear recordings from the panels

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

Our Conferences

ABA Annual Meeting 2018 - Attacks on Our Institutions of Democracy

A panel at the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting, August 4, 2018 with moderator Harvey Rishikof and panelists Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Suzanne Spaulding and Judge Margaret Sweeney

Learn More - Read About the Panel

ABA Annual Meeting 2016 - Emerging Issues in National Security and Law Enforcement

The Standing Committee sponsored a keynote address at the 2016 ABA Annual meeting with former FBI Director James Comey. The Committee also held a moderated discussion at the 2016 Annual meeting with Marc Rotenberg, the president and executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Gilman Louie, founder and former CEO of In-Q-Tel and Harvey Rishikof, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security’s Advisory Committee

Video

Watch - Keynote Address

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.