Teaching National Security Law & Policy

Annual ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security seminars on Teaching National Security Law bring together the research, legal, and educational communities to discuss the methods, tools, and processes of training future practitioners and leaders.

The Fourth Annual Seminar on Teaching National Security Law

Lawyers in the National Security Process

Sept. 28, 2013 | University of Virginia School of Law

Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security; the Center for National Security Law; University of Virginia School of Law; the NYU Center on Law and Security; the Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security (Duke University); the Center on National Security and the Law (Georgetown University); the George Washington Law National Security and US Foreign Relations Law Program; INSCT at Syracuse University; and the Center for Terrorism Law (St. Mary’s University).

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Agenda

8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Registration

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  Welcome Remarks by Prof. John Norton Moore

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.  Opening Keynote Address by The Hon. James E. Baker, Chief Judge, US Court of Military Appeals and former Legal Advisor, National Security Council

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Panel I: The National Security Process

MODERATOR: Professor John Norton Moore, Director, Center for National Security Law, UVA Law School and Walter L. Brown Professor of Law, UVA Law School

PANELISTS: Professor Michael J. Matheson, Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington Law and former Acting Legal Advisor, US Department of State
The Hon. Alberto J. Mora, former General Counsel of the Navy
Mr. John Rizzo, Distinguished Fellow, Center for National Security Law and former Acting General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Panel II: Crafting a Department of Defense National Security Law Position

MODERATOR: Mr. David E. Graham, Executive Director, Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, US Army

PANELISTS: Mr. Charles A. Allen, Deputy General Counsel for International Affairs, Department of Defense
Brigadier General Richard C. Gross, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Mr. Dick Jackson, Special Assistant for Law of War Matters, Office of The Judge Advocate General, Department of the Army

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Luncheon and Keynote Address by Ms. Mary DeRosa, Distinguished Visitor from Practice, Georgetown Law and former Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President and National Security Council Legal Adviser to the President Barack Obama Administration

2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Panel III: Lawyers in the Combatant Chain of Command

MODERATOR: Brig. Gen. Richard C. Gross, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

PANELISTS: Capt. Kirk A. Foster, Assistant Judge Advocate General (Civil Law), Pentagon
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense William K. Lietzau (Col., USMC, Ret.), Rule of Law and Detainee Policy, US Department of Defense
The Hon. James P. Terry (Col., USMC, Ret.), former Chairman, Board of Veterans’ Appeals, Department of Veterans Affairs and former Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Panel IV: Teaching the Lawyer’s Role in the National Security Process

MODERATOR: Professor Laura Donohue, Georgetown University Law Center and Director, Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law

PANELISTS: Professor William C. Banks, Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, INSCT
Maj. Gen., Charles J. Dunlap Jr., (USAF Ret.), Executive Director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University School of Law and former Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Air Force
Ms. Trudy C. Henson, Senior Law and Policy Analyst, Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), University of Maryland

5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.   Closing Remarks


The Third Annual Seminar on Teaching National Security Law

Educating the Next Generation of Decision Makers: The Intersection of National Security Law & International Affairs

Sept. 14-15, 2012 | Syracuse University

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Keynote Speakers

Harold Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale University, and Dean James Steinberg, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Introduction

William C. Banks
By William C. Banks, Director, INSCT

“In modern foreign affairs and national and international security governance, the policy and subject area experts and lawyers attend the same meetings, hash out common policy positions, and worry about how to implement their prescriptions. Yet the international affairs experts and national security lawyers work in parallel, not together. They speak different professional languages, and their analytic reference points and methods are normally divergent, if not inharmonious. At times, a good deal of energy in governance is spent finding common ground between the lawyers and the policy experts.

[pullquoteright]At times, a good deal of energy in governance is spent finding common ground between the lawyers and the policy experts.”[/pullquoteright]“These seminars explore ways to enrich the education in our related but disparate disciplines by exposing one side and its methods and ways of approaching problems to the other. Faculty from law and international affairs colleges and practitioners from government and think tanks engage in panel discussions and spirited discussion organized around a series of themes.

“Topics may include inter-agency/whole of government approaches to problem solving, real world governance in national security, interdisciplinary teaching of IA and Law to graduate and law students, and translating theory into practice and advice into policy. Two keynote speakers will emphasize the conference themes and showcase the intersection of our fields.”

Agenda

Sept. 14, 2012

Welcome & Introductions

  • Eric Spina, Provost, Syracuse University
  • Hannah Arterian, Dean, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Jim McPherson, Executive Director, National Association of Attorney’s General; Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security

Translating Legal Advice into Policy: How it Actually Happens

Panel Chair: Elizabeth Rindskopf-Parker, Professor of Law and former Dean, Pacific McGeorge School of Law

  • Mary De Rosa, Georgetown Law
  • Joel Brenner, Cooley, LLP
  • Richard Falkenrath, Principal with The Chertoff Group

Teaching our Law and International Affairs Students: Learning from Each Other

Panel Chair: Steve Vladeck, American University Washington College of Law

  • Laura Donohue, Georgetown Law
  • Cindy Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Michael Glennon, Fletcher School, Tufts University

Sept. 15, 2012

The Intersection of Legal Advice and Policy from the Service Branch Perspective

Panel Chair, Colonel David Graham, US Army (ret), Executive Director, Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School

  • Geoff Corn, S. Texas Law School
  • Harvey Rishikof, Chair, Advisory Committee, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security
  • Charles J. Dunlap Jr., Professor of the Practice of Law, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security

Problem Solving in the Real World of National Security: Interdisciplinary Approaches and Lessons

Panel Chair, Kathleen Clark, Washington University Law

  • Cynthia Ryan, General Counsel, National Geospatial Agency
  • Laurie Blank, Emory Law School
  • George Jameson, former Office of the General Counsel, CIA

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The Second Annual Seminar on Teaching National Security Law

Sept. 17, 2011 | Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

The American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Law and National Security and Georgetown University Law Center’s Second Annual Seminar on Teaching National Security Law was developed to reach academics, practitioners, and instructors from law schools, educational legal centers, and military and intelligence legal training institutions and academies.

  • INSCT Director William C. Banks joined Panel I: “What is National Security Law?”
  • To read the seminar agenda, click here.

 Seminar on Teaching National Security Law

Oct. 2, 2010 | Washington, DC

  • INSCT Director William C. Banks provided opening remarks.
  • For the seminar agenda and participants, click here.