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ABA Sixth Annual Homeland Security Law Institute to be Held in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 28, 2011 — The _ Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice will hold its Sixth Annual Homeland Security Law Institute at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., March 2 – 3.  The conference will focus on topics concerning administrative and regulatory aspects of homeland security, terrorism and striking a balance between national security and civil liberties, and other security issues.

On March 2, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is scheduled to give the keynote address from 9 – 9:45 a.m. Later that day, from 4:45 – 5:15 p.m., Admiral Thad W. Allen, former senior executive staff member to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, will present the closing address of the day, “Dealing with Disaster: What Happened in the Gulf?”

On March 3, Stewart A. Baker, former assistant secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security, will give the opening keynote address from 8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Paul Clement, former solicitor general of the United States, will speak about the Supreme Court and the war on terror during lunch, noon – 1:30 p.m. And during a 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. session, Transportation Security Administration head John S. Pistole will give the closing address, “Transportation Security 10 Years After 9/11 and 10 Years from Now.”

The following programs focus on the challenges facing the Department of Homeland Security and feature experts from DHS, Center for Law and Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of Treasury, U.S. House of Representatives, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Coast Guard, the legal community and more.

“The View from DHS: Current Legal Issues” will highlight significant legal issues before the associate general counsel for Technology Programs at the Department of Homeland Security. Panelists will discuss the implementation of the new Homeland Security Alert System, the legal services and challenges associated with the Transportation Security Administration and the functioning of the National Protection and Programs Directorate.
March 2, 9:50 – 10:40 a.m., Presidential Ballroom

“Luncheon: The Proper Role of the Courts in National Security” Expert panelists Andrew McCarthy, director, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Center for Law and Counterterrorism, and Roger L. Stavis, a well-respected criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor will debate questions such as:  How should alleged terrorists, including those currently housed at Guantanamo Bay, be tried?  What is the appropriate balance between terrorist defendants’ civil or constitutional rights and the executive branch’s role as commander-in-chief during wartime?  What legal backstop should there be for alleged terrorists who are acquitted or receive short sentences, but who are deemed by national security officials to be too dangerous to be released in the United States? What are the implications of these decisions on how the United States will conduct the war on terror in the future?
March 2, Noon – 1:30 p.m., Senate Room

“Homeland Defense and Civil Support: The Role of the DOD within Our Borders” Panelists will provide an overview of the Department of Defense’s role in homeland security, its legal considerations in civil support operations and the procedures it follows in offering support to local and state authorities.
March 3, 10:45 – 11:55 a.m., Federal B Room

“The Homeland Law Enforcement Agenda for 2011”The DHS law enforcement mission will be the focus of this program.  Experts will provide insight into maritime- and land-border protection in view of immigration and customs enforcement, international cooperation on transnational crimes investigation and threat assessments in cross-border illicit trade.
March 3, 10:45 – 11:55 a.m., Statler AB Room

Additional information as well as a link to the full agenda can be found online.

For media credentialing, please contact Alexandra Buller at .  There is no charge fro media to attend this event.

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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