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General Counsels of Key U.S. Justice and Intelligence Agencies Consider Threats, Trends and High Stakes of National Security

"20th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law" to Convene in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 29, 2010 — The _ Standing Committee on Law and National Security will host its premier conference to review the state of national security at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel Nov. 4-5.

This year’s review will include topics such as a discussion of developments in national security law with executive branch general counsels; oversight and policy issues of domestic intelligence; environmental change and national security; drone usage; ethics challenges for national security lawyers; and cyber security.

The conference’s showcase program – Executive Update on Developments in National Security Law (Nov. 4, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.) – features Standing Committee on Law and National Security Chair Harvey Rishikof leading the discussion with:

  • Robert Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence;
  • Robert J. Eatinger Jr., Acting Deputy General Counsel for Operations, Central Intelligence Agency;
  • David S. Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Department of Justice;
  • Jeh C. Johnson, General Counsel, Department of Defense; and
  • Joseph B. Maher, Deputy General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. John Hamre, President and CEO, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • (Nov. 4, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.)
  • Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, “National Security and Judicial Nominees”
  • (Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.)
  • Stewart A. Baker, Former Assistant Secretary for Policy, DHS, “Cyberwar –
  • What is it Good For?” (Nov. 5, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.)

A complete list of programming and speakers can be found online.

Program titles appear below:

  • Panel I: Executive Update on Developments in National Security Law (Nov. 4, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.)
  • Panel II: Governance of Domestic Intelligence (Nov. 4, 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.)
  • Panel III: National Security and Environmental Change (Nov. 4, 2:30 – 4:15 p.m.)
  • Panel IV: Targeted Killing and use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.)
  • Panel V: National Security Transformation (Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)
  • Panel VI: Legal Doctrine for Cyber Security: Gaps, Myths and the Fog of War (Nov. 5, 2:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization 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.

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