Annual Conference

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, the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law, the Washington College of Law at American University, the National Security Law Institute at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia School of Law, the George Washington University Law School, the Center on Law and Security at New York University Law School, and the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University College of Law.

27th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law

November 16 & 17, 2017 | The Capital Hilton

Conference Program | Speaker Biographies

CLE Material Packets: Day 1 | Day 2
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Thursday, November 16

Conference Overview and Welcome

Judge James E. Baker

VIDEO

Panel I - National Security Law in Private Practice

Caroline Krass, Moderator

Amy Jeffress, Arnold & Porter

Ambassador Robert Kimmitt, WilmerHale

Ingrid Price, Covington & Burling

Don Vieira, Skadden Arps

VIDEO

Panel II - Artificial Intelligence: Issues of Technology, Ethics and Law

Lala Qadir, Moderator

Gregory Neal Akers, Cisco

Michael Page, OpenAI

Lt.Col. Alan Schuller, U.S. Naval War College

David Vladeck, Georgetown Law

VIDEO

Panel III - National Security Law and Policy from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to the Department of Justice

The Honorable Rachel Brand, U.S. Department of Justice

Raj De, Mayer Brown

Panel IV - Cyber Operations and the Law of Armed Conflict

Col. David Graham, Moderator

Col. Gary Brown, U.S. Department of Defense

Col. Gary Corn, U.S. Cyber Command

Rebecca Crootof, Yale University Law School

Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap, Duke University School of Law

VIDEO

Panel V - Legal Ethics and Leaking by Government Attorneys

Susan Gibson, National Reconnaissance Office

F. Scott Kieff, George Washington University Law School

VIDEO


Friday, November 17

Opening Remarks

Jack Rives, American Bar Association

VIDEO

Panel VI - The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)

Robert Litt, Moderator

Laura Donohue, Georgetown Law

Elizabeth Goitein, Brennan Center for Justice

Susan Hennessey, Lawfare

Jamil Jaffer, Antonin Scalia Law School, GMU

Alexander Joel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

VIDEO

Panel VII - The Arctic: National Security and Oceans Law for the New Maritime Frontier

RADM Kevin Lunday, Moderator

Julie Gascon, Canadian Coast Guard

Bronwyn Douglass, U.S. Coast Guard

John Norton Moore, University of Virginia School of Law

VIDEO

Panel VIII – Current Events in National Security Law and Cyber Policy

Monika Bickert, Facebook

Harvey Rishikof, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security Advisory Committee

VIDEO

Panel IX – Looking Forward: National Security Law Beyond 2020

Jill Rhodes, Moderator

Carrie Cordero, ZwillGen PLLC

Michael Davis, CounterTack

Orde Kittrie, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU

James McJunkin, Discover Financial Services

VIDEO

Panel X- The Model Rules in the National Security Context

Judge James Baker, Standing Committee on Law and National Security

VIDEO


26th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law

November 14 & 15, 2016 | The Capital Hilton

Conference Program | Speaker Biographies | Photos

CLE Materials: Day One | Day Two, Part I | Day Two, Part II

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Monday, November 14

Conference Overview and Welcome

James E. Baker

HIGHLIGHTS

Panel I - The DOD Law of War Manual: Debate, Discussion and Developments in International Humanitarian Law, 2015-2016

James E. Baker, Moderator

Charles Allen, US Department of Defense

Rita Siemion, Human Rights First

Col. David Graham, University of Virginia School of Law

VIDEOHIGHLIGHTS

Panel II - The National Security Process and Structure

Col. David Graham, Moderator

Richard Gross, Fluet Huber Hoang

Brian Egan, US Department of State

Stephen Preston, WilmerHale

VIDEOHIGHLIGHTS

Luncheon Keynote

Lt. General Edward C. Cardon, US Department of the Army

VIDEO

Panel III - Cyber Challenges for the New Administration

Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap Jr., Moderator

Kristen Eichensehr, UCLA School of Law

Jill Rhodes, Option Care

Harvey Rishikof, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security

Eric Talbot Jensen, Brigham Young University

VIDEO | HIGHLIGHTS

Panel IV - Refugees, Humanitarian Challenges and the Law

Elisa Massiminio, Moderator

David Harden, US Agency for International Development

Seth Stodder, US Department of Homeland Security

Jesse Tampio, US Department of State

VIDEOHIGHLIGHTS


Tuesday, November 15

Welcome Remarks

Linda Klein

VIDEO

Panel V - Continuity, Change and Future Challenges in the Use of Force Abroad

Laura Donohue, Moderator

John Bellinger, Arnold & Porter

Mary DeRosa, Georgetown Law

Christine Fair, Georgetown University

Martin Lederman, Georgetown Law

Charlie Savage, New York Times

VIDEOHIGHLIGHTS

Panel VI - Legal Issues in Civilian/Military Relations for the 21st Century

William Banks, Moderator

Lt. Gen. Edward Anderson, National Cybersecurity Center

LTC Laura Calese, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

M. Tia Johnson, US Department of Homeland Security

Mackubin Thomas Owens, Institute of World Politics

VIDEOHIGHLIGHTS

Panel VII - National Security and the Courts

Thurgood Marshall Jr, Moderator

James A. Baker, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Miguel Estrada, Gibson Dunn

James Orenstein, US District Court, Eastern District of New York

VIDEOHIGHLIGHTS

Panel VIII - National Security and Military Space Operations

W. Renn Gade, Moderator

Dale Stephens, University of Adelaide Law School

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Rockwell, USAF

Rob Ramey, International Committee of the Red Cross

VIDEOHIGHLIGHTS

Panel IX - Ethical Considerations for National Security Lawyers

Harvey Rishikof, Moderator

James E. Baker, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security

Lala Qadir, Covington & Burling LLP

VIDEOHIGHLIGHTS


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.)

VIDEO

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

VIDEO

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.)

VIDEO

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

VIDEO

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

VIDEO

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

VIDEO

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

VIDEOHIGHLIGHTS

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

VIDEO

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

November 6 - November 7, 2014 | The Capital Hilton

CLE MATERIALS - DAY ONE  |  DAY TWO

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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

Moderator: 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

Moderator: Laura Donohue; Discussants: William Banks, Jameel Jaffer, David Kris and Robert Litt

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

Panel V - The Economic & Financial Threat Domain: Making Smart Sanctions Smarter

Moderator: 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? 

Moderator: 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?

Moderator: 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 -

CONFERENCE MATERIALS

DAY ONE: Part One  |  Part Two

DAY TWO: Day Two Materials

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

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

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

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

Panel V - Cybersecurity: Future Challenges
Moderator
: 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
Moderator
: 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

November 29-30, 2012

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
Moderator
: 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
Moderator
: 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)
Moderator
: 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

Conference Materials

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

The Honorable Harold Koh

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

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

November 4-5, 2010 | Renaissance Hotel

Conference Program
Conference Materials Day 1 | Conference Materials Day 2

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Panel I - Executive Update on Developments in National Security Law
Moderator
: Harvey Rishikof, Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security
Discussants:
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
Moderator
: Suzanne Spaulding, Principal, Bingham Consulting Group
Discussants:
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
Moderator
: John Norton Moore, Director, Center for National Security Law, Professor, University of Virginia School of Law
Discussants:
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
Moderator
: James R. Locher III, President and CEO Project on National Security Reform
Discussants:
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?

19th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law

November 12-13, 2009

Conference Materials

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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
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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 

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

18th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law

November 6 - 7, 2008

Issues for the New Administration

Conference Materials Day 1

Conference Materials Day 2

Remarks

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

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 
Program 
Speaker Bios

Welcoming Remarks and Panel I 
Executive Branch Perspectives
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Panel IV
Extraordinary Rendition
Moderator: Scott Silliman
Panelists:
Robert Chesney
John Radsan
Margaret Satterthwaite
Michael Scheuer

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

Panel III
 
Accountability of Contractors on the Battlefield
Audio 

Dinner Keynote Speaker
Secretary Michael Chertoff, U.S. Department of Homeland Security  
Audio (low quality) 

DECEMBER 1, 2006
Opening Remarks
Stewart A. Baker, Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security  
Audio  |    Slides 

Panel IV
Civil Litigation in the War on Terror  
Audio

Panel V
Detaining and Prosecuting Terrorists: Hamdan and Beyond  
Audio

Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Congresswoman Jane Harman, Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence  
Audio

Panel VI
National Security Secrets and Democracy: Leaks, Whistleblowers and the Press  
Audio