nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Kodaimati (S.D. Cal.) (criminal complaint alleging false statements re activities in Syria)

April 23, 2015

DOJ press release is below, see also attached criminal complaint for more details:

Kodaimati Criminal Complaint.pdf

nationalsecuritylaw Call for participants: 23nd NSLI Program at the University of Virginia

March 9, 2015

Dear friends,

Below you will find the annual call for participants for the University of Virginia’s outstanding National Security Law Institute. I strongly recommend it (apart from being one of the teachers in the program these days, I participated in it from the other side some years ago and very much benefitted from it). Here are the details:

The Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law is accepting applications for the twenty-third annual National Security Law Institute (NSLI), which will be held at UVA Law School in Charlottesville between Sunday, May 31 and Friday, June 12 of this year.

The academic field of National Security Law began forty-five years ago at the University of Virginia School of Law, when Professor John Norton Moore taught the first class on "Law and National Security." In 1981, Moore co-founded the world’s first think tank in the field, the Center for National Security Law. After the first edition of the Center’s casebook, National Security Law, was published, the NSLI was established to help train professors from other law schools to teach in the new field.

From the very first year, the large majority of NSLI participants have been government lawyers working in the national security field. Government attorneys from every U.S. federal department and agency with major national security responsibilities have attended the Institute, and several have gone on to hold very high positions and/or become professional educators. The Institute is also open to professors and government attorneys from other countries, and since 1991 the NSLI had trained scores of professors and hundreds of government attorneys from the United States and other countries on six continents. Professors in related fields like International Relations and Politics are also eligible for the program.

More information about the Institute can be found here, and the current Program for this summer’s NSLI is here. (It will be updated to reflect any changes.) Among the many distinguished speakers who have agreed to address this summer’s Institute are (alphabetically):

The Honorable Morris S. Arnold, former Chief Judge, U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review
The Honorable James E. Baker, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council
Prof. M. E. "Spike" Bowman, former Senior Counsel for National Security Law, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Prof. Robert Chesney, Distinguished Scholar, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, Univ. of Texas
Prof. Laura Donohue, Director, Center for National Security and Law, Georgetown Law Center
Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., Director, Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security, Duke Law School
Brig. Gen. Richard Gross, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Mr. John Rizzo, former Acting General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency
The Honorable R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence

The deadline for applications is April 17. For further information, contact Ms. Mer McLernon at mh2v, or by phone at (434) 924-7441.

nationalsecuritylaw Call for Participants: The 8th Annual National Security Law Workshop

February 27, 2015

Dear colleagues,

I’m very happy to announce the call for proposals and attendees for the 8th Annual National Security Law Workshop, which will take place in Houston on May 14th and 15th this spring. Geoff Corn and I are co-hosting once more, and as in the past the event is co-sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross, South Texas College of Law, and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT.

The details below, and also in the attached document. Please pass this along to anyone who you think might be interested. The deadline for applications is March 20th.



Co-hosted by:

Professor Geoff Corn

Professor Bobby Chesney

Sponsored by:

The International Committee of the Red Cross

The South Texas College of Law

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas—Austin

May 14-15, 2014

Location: Houston (South Texas College of Law)

2015 NSL Workshop Invitation.docx

nationalsecuritylaw job opportunity: NYU CLS Cybersecurity Fellowship

October 29, 2014

From our friends at NYU, please see the attached job opportunity involving cybersecurity.

CLS & CRISSP AD Fellow Announcement FINAL.pdf

nationalsecuritylaw ABA SCOLANS 24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference – November 5-6-7 EARLY BIRD DEADLINE EXTENDED; MCLE CREDIT INCREASED

October 27, 2014

From our friends at the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security:

Deadline for early conference registration submission has been EXTENDED to TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28. You may still register online, (see below) or use the attached registration form to complete and fax or scan/email it back to the Committee offices.

In addition, the amount of CLE credits the ABA is authorized to request has INCREASED to 14.0, INCLUDING 1.75 ethics credit. The final list of panelists for the complimentary opening reception on Wednesday, November 5 is attached.

The Annual Review Conference will include:

  • an update on developments in national security law by Executive Branch General Counsels
  • discussions on the Role of the Judiciary in National Security; the Future of Foreign Intelligence; The Economic and Financial Threat Domain; Military Justice and Cybersecurity
  • a discussion with Judge James Baker and Harvey Rishikof on Ethical Issues Facing Lawyers Practicing National Security Law
  • networking, career opportunities and more !!

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Holly McMahon

Staff Director

Standing Committee on Law and National Security

1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 662-1035


24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference*

Thursday, November 6 – Friday, November 7, 2014
Capital Hilton Hotel

1001 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC

Sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security

Cosponsored by the
Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University School of Law
Center on National Security and the Law, Georgetown Law

*14.0 CLE credits (including Ethics) have been requested

Lunch- Thursday, Nov. 6 Dinner – Thursday, Nov. 6 Lunch – Friday, Nov. 7

The Honorable Suzanne E. Spaulding
Under Secretary
National Protection and Programs Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Sir James D. Wolfensohn
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Wolfensohn Fund Management;
Fmr. President, World Bank

Vice Admiral Nanette DeRenzi
Judge Advocate General
U.S. Navy

What will attendance at the 24th Annual Review offer you?

– A full year’s worth of CLE credits, including ethics *state applications pending

– Networking opportunities with others active in the national security and intelligence community – stay abreast of national security developments and hear from executive branch general counsels and other experts in the field

– Opening reception including a program on "Litigating With and Against National Security Entities" on Wednesday, November 5 at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

(special rates for ABA members, government lawyers and law students)
Deadline – October 28

Conference Program

Register Online / Registration Form (Mail/Fax) –

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CNSLPP event 5 November 2014 v.3.pdf

nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Conley (D. Col. Sep. 10, 2014) (guilty plea in IS-related material support case)

September 10, 2014

From DOJ:


nationalsecuritylaw Jose Padilla resentenced (new sentence of 21 years)

September 10, 2014

From DOJ:



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