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February 15, 2023

Commerce official to discuss national security issues at ABA luncheon

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2023 — Matthew Axelrod, assistant secretary for export enforcement at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, will speak at an American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

Axelrod leads a specialized team of federal agents and analysts who help protect our national security by enforcing export control laws that keep the most sensitive U.S. technologies out of the hands of adversaries. Among other things, he will discuss the Bureau of Industry and Security’s focus for 2023 as well as their response over the past year to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Committee member Raj De, a partner at Mayer Brown and former general counsel at the National Security Agency, will moderate the discussion.

Matthew Axelrod on “Export Enforcement’s Critical Role in Protecting Our National Security”

Wednesday, Feb. 22 Noon-1:30 p.m. EST

Army and Navy Club
901 17th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 

Before joining the Commerce Department in 2021, Axelrod spent more than 13 years at the Department of Justice, including serving as principal associate deputy attorney general during the Obama administration, where he advised on the department’s criminal and national security enforcement matters.

This event is free and open to members of the press, however there is a $35 cost for lunch. For media credentialing and registration, please contact Jennifer Kildee at [email protected].

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.