September 18, 2017

ABA to host Homeland Security Law Institute, Sept. 25-27, in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2017 — High-profile homeland security experts will offer insights on the state of national security at the 12th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute, Sept. 25-27 in Washington, D.C. This conference examines the state of security from infrastructure to exports, immigration to chemical safety and the roles of the government agencies, law enforcement, the military and the legal profession charged with keeping the country secure. 

12th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute
Sponsored by the ABA  Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice

Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 25-27

George Washington University
Cloyd Heck Marvin Center Betts Theatre
805 21st St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20052

Featured speakers include:

  • Dana J. Boente - acting assistant attorney general for National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Bradley Booker, acting general counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • *Thomas P. Bossert, assistant to the President for Homeland Security & Counterterrorism
  • Michael Chertoff, former secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • *Elaine Duke, acting secretary of Homeland Security
  • Glenn S. Gerstell, general counsel, National Security Agency
  • Sanchi Jayaram, chief, Foreign Investment and Corporate Engagement, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • *Rob Joyce, special assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator
  • Christopher Krebs, assistant secretary for Infrastructure Protection, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Joseph B. Maher, acting general counsel, principal deputy general counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Jeanette Manfra, acting deputy under secretary for Cybersecurity and Communication, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

(* denotes invited but not confirmed)

The institute will feature a daily theme beginning with cybersecurity, followed the next day by the state of homeland security law and policy and closes with a focus on global partnerships.

Program highlights include:

“Fundamentals of Incident Response” – The faster an organization either recognizes a cyber incident, prevents, defeats or minimizes an intrusion, the more likely the damages and costs of recovery are curtailed. Essential to the effectiveness of an organization’s incident response are the plans and processes put in place for conducting a cyber investigation once a breach occurs. This panel will explore how to evaluate a suspected breach, best practices for organizing and overseeing an investigation, and developing best practices for future breaches. Monday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

“FISA 702: A Discussion of the Legislative Landscape” – Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which allows for intelligence collection on foreign persons located outside of the United States, is set to expire on December 31. Congress must determine whether to reauthorize,  revise it, or let it expire. Hear from government officials, legal and policy experts, and privacy advocates will discuss how the program is currently operating, and how best it can be used as a tool to protect against national security threats while at the same time ensuring that Americans’ civil liberties are protected. Tuesday, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

“The Law and Policy of Securing the Border & The Immigration System” – Border security and immigration dominate headlines and lead the list of homeland security priorities. This panel will discuss policy initiatives and legal issues taken on by Congress, Homeland Security and the State Department. Panelists will share their insights on these efforts and how they impact the country, the department, and counterterrorism efforts. Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

“The Global Security Landscape - Partnerships & Priorities” – This panel will discuss and analyze the global security landscape. Veteran national security leaders and policymakers survey the range of national security threats and give us their views on the legal and policy responses, the state of our international partnerships, and what our priorities should be moving forward. Wednesday, 8:45-10 a.m.

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

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

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