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National security leaders to discuss modern safety measures at ABA Homeland Security Law Institute

By Daniel Buchanan

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 14, 2013 — Current and past leaders of the homeland security effort will give their insights and predictions at the American Bar Association’s eighth annual Homeland Security Law Institute on June 20 and 21 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. Experts will look at issues such as cybersecurity and use of drones, as well as examine the progress and recent history of several government agencies and organizations created to combat terrorism and enhance domestic safety measures.

Notable participants include former Homeland Security Secretaries Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, DHS acting Under Secretary for the National Programs and Protection Directorate Suzanne E. Spaulding and Justice Department acting Assistant Attorney General of National Security John P. Carlin.

Eighth Annual Homeland Security Law Institute
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice

Thursday, June 20 – Friday, June 21

Capital Hilton
1001 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Program highlights include:

“An Overview of the U.S. National Security Division and What to Expect in 2013” — John P. Carlin, acting assistant attorney general for national security at the Department of Justice, will review the history and achievements of the National Security Division since its creation in March 2006 and look ahead at future challenges.
Thursday, June 20, 9 – 9:30 a.m.

“Our Nation’s Security: A Perspective from the House Committee on Homeland Security” —Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, will review recent legislation and discuss priorities in addressing the nation’s security and providing congressional oversight for the Department of Homeland Security.
Thursday, June 20, 9:30 – 10 a.m.

“A Look at the National Protection and Programs Directorate and What to Expect in 2013” — Suzanne E. Spaulding, acting under secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, will address security challenges and how the NPPD is working to promote its mission. The NPPD leads the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation’s physical and cyber infrastructure.
Thursday, June 20, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

“DHS – 10 Years and Beyond” 
— A panel including former Secretaries Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge will discuss the history of the Department of Homeland Security since forming  in 2002 and look ahead at its continued role in protecting the nation against threats.
Friday, June 21, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

“Kill or Capture? Drones, Trials and other Counterterrorism Challenges for the Second Term” — A panel of experts will cover the use of drones in killing terrorists, both in the U.S. and abroad, with a particular emphasis on the killing of an American citizen. It will also focus on captured terrorists being brought back to the United States for trial in civilian court.
Friday, June 21, 2:45  – 3:45 p.m.

For a complete list of conference panels and speakers, please click here.

For media credentialing, please contact Kati Rutherford at This event is free and open to members of the press.

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