Past Events

For our final event of 2017, NSI partnered with the R Street Institute to present Cybersecurity in Overdrive: Preparing for the Future of Autonomous Vehicles.

Moderator: Brendan Bordelon – Technology Correspondent, National Journal

Bryson Bort – Founder & CEO, SCYTHE

Hon. David Strickland – Counsel & Spokesperson, Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets

Caleb Watney – Technology Policy Associate, The R Street Institute

Beau Woods – Cyber Safety Innovation Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center for International Technology, Atlantic Council
 
 
Cybersecurity in Overdrive: Preparing for the Future of Autonomous Vehicles
Russell Senate Office Building
Monday, December 11, 2017 | 10:00am – 11:00am


As part of our continuing discussion of FISA Section 702, NSI hosted a second Capitol Hill panel on the upcoming reauthorization.

Moderator: Darren Dick – Director of Operations, National Security Institute

Elizabeth Goitein – Co-Director, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice

Benjamin Powell – Former General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Michelle Richardson – Deputy Director, Freedom, Security, and Technology Project, Center for Democracy & Technology

Kenneth Wainstein – Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice

See our full summary here.

Section 702: Views from Across the Spectrum
Cannon House Office Building
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 11:15am – 12:00pm


In partnership with the Global Network Initiative, the National Security Institute hosted a panel discussion on Section 702 Reauthorization: Views from Across the Spectrum.

Moderator: Mieke Eoyang – Vice President, National Security Program, Third Way

Elisebeth Collins – Board Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Robyn Greene – Policy Counsel and Government Affairs Lead, New America’s Open Technology Institute

David Lieber – Senior Privacy Policy Counsel, Google

Arthur Rizer – Senior Fellow and Director, National Security and Justice, R Street Institute

David Shedd – Former Acting Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

Section 702: Views from Across the Spectrum
Dirksen Senate Office Building
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm


Jamil Jaffer, Director of the National Security Institute, joined a panel of experienced national security professionals to discuss the potential reauthorization of FISA Section 702.

Moderator: Robert Litt – Counsel, Morrison & Foerester

Laura Donohue – Director, Center on National Security and the Law

Elizabeth Goitein – Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice

Susan Hennessey – Managing Editor, Lawfare

Jamil Jaffer – Director, National Security Institute

Alexander Joel – Chief, Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

ABA Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law
The Capital Hilton
Friday, November 17, 2017 | 8:45am – 10:15pm | Presidential Ballroom


At the Federalist Society’s 2017 National Lawyers Convention, the National Security Institute cohosted a panel entitled Comparative Counterterrorism: Surveillance and Cooperation. Our distinguished panelists have all wrestled with the balance between surveillance and privacy during their time in government, and they shared their views with our audience.

Moderator: Jamil Jaffer – Director, National Security Institute

Dr. August Hanning – Former State Secretary, Federal Interior Ministry, Federal Republic of Germany

Robert Hannigan – Former Director, Government Communications Headquarters, United Kingdom

Hon. Michael Mukasey – Of Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Former United States Attorney General

Hon. Nathan A. Sales – Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, United States Department of State

Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention
The Mayflower Hotel
Friday, November 17, 2017 | 11:45am – 2:00pm | State Room


The National Security Law Journal, in partnership with the National Security Institute, hosted a symposium on Security in the Era of Targeted Sanctions. Thank you to the experts who joined us for this discussion, and we look forward to the Journal’s next symposium in the spring!

Moderator: Jamil Jaffer – Director, National Security Institute

Mark Katz – Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government

Gregory Koblentz – Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government

Adam Smith – Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Andrea Viski – Director, Strategic Trade Research Institute

NSLJ Fall Symposium
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Monday, November 13, 2017 | 11:30am – 1:00pm | Hazel Hall


The 2017 MDISS Fall Congress, cosponsored by the National Security Institute, brought together experts from a variety of disciplines to discuss medical device cybersecurity. NSI hosted a panel entitled Medical Device Cybersecurity and the Larger IoT Ecosystem: Threats and Challenges in the Modern Era, featuring the following panelists:

Moderator: Jamil Jaffer – Director, National Security Institute

Robert Deitz – Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government

Matthew Eggers – Executive Director, Cybersecurity Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Zach Rothstein – Associate Vice President for Technology & Regulatory Affairs, AdvaMed

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this important discussion!

MDISS Fall Congress
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Tuesday, October 31 – Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | Hazel Hall


NSI co-hosted the CyberNextDC conference in downtown Washington, DC alongside the Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy & Law and the Cyber Threat Alliance to discuss the current state of cybersecurity and identify forward-thinking approaches to improve cybersecurity.  Speakers at the event included White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce, Senate Homeland Security Chair Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Palo Alto Networks CEO Mark McLaughlin. NSI Director of Operations Darren Dick moderated a panel on vulnerability disclosure policy featuring Harley Geiger, Director of Public Policy, Rapid7, Heather West, Senior Policy Manager, Mozilla, Sam Curry, Chief Information Security Officer, Cybereason, and Leonard Bailey, Special Counsel from the Computer Crime and Intelligence Property Section/DOJ, as panelists.

CyberNext DC Vulnerability Disclosure Panel
Venable LLP
Wednesday, October 25 | 10:50am – 11:50am


NSI co-hosted two events during CyberScoop’s DC CyberWeek at the GMU Arlington Campus:

STRATEGIES TO COMBAT BUSINESS EMAIL COMPROMISE (co-hosted with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service).

SPIES & HACKERS: FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE AND CORPORATE ARMIES (co-hosted with the Intelligence National Security Alliance). This event consisted of two panels:

Watching the Watchers: Balancing Security, Surveillance, and Privacy (with NSI Director of Operations Darren Dick as moderator, and former NSA GC Stewart Baker, former DOJ prosecutor Arthur Rizer, and former State Dept. Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan as panelists).

U.S. Corporations vs. Nation-States in Cyberspace: A Fair Fight? (with NSI Deputy Director for Cybersecurity Kiran Raj as moderator, and NSI Founder Jamil Jaffer, Endgame Chief Social Scientist Andrea Limbago, DOJ National Security Division attorney Sean Newell, and WhiteHawk Chief Operating Officer Trevor Rudolph as panelists).

DC CyberWeek  
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 2:00 – 5:00 PM | Hazel Hall


Please join the Antonin Scalia Law School community on May 1 from 12 noon – 1:30 pm as we dedicate sculptor Greg Wyatt’s Bill of Rights Eagle. This magnificent bronze monument, being donated to the law school by Mr. Wyatt and the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, will be an appropriate memorial to stand in front of Hazel Hall, given our University’s namesake, George Mason, and the law school’s dedication to the rule of law.

The dedication ceremony will feature brief remarks before the unveiling of the sculpture on the Hazel Hall terrace.  A casual and celebratory lunch will follow the recognition of this generous gift.

Registration on or before Monday, April 24 is required for admittance and lunch.

Eagle Day Celebration at Scalia Law  
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Monday, May 1, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Hazel Hall, lunch to follow


 

The Law School Graduation will be held at Concert Hall on George Mason’s Fairfax campus. The ceremony will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

For more information, see Graduation Information 2017 or contact Denise Beatty.

 

 

Law School Graduation 
George Mason University
Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM | Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus


 

Distinguished Speaker Series: Senator Tom Cotton on Defending the Nation in the 21st Century and Section 702 Reauthorization 
Sponsored by the National Security Institute and the Intelligence and National Security Foundation
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Monday, April 24, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM | 329 Hazel Hall, reception to follow


Exploring Private Sector and Government Interactions Post- Cyber Breach: Insights, Impacts and Approaches
Sponsored by the National Security Law Journal
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 6:00 PM | Founders Hall Auditorium


Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals Oral Arguments
Sponsored by the M-VETS Clinic
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Founders Hall Auditorium


    

Balancing Security and Surveillance with Personal Privacy and Civil Liberties Discussion
Rutgers Law School, Camden, NJ
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 12:00 – 2:00 PM | Room 103, Law School Building


 

National Security Law Careers Panel
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM | 221 Hazel Hall



International Law in the Trump Era: Expectations, Hopes, and Fears
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC.
Friday, January 27, 2017 | 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM |


 
U.S. Secret Service’s Washington Electronic Crimes Task Force Conference
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University 
Friday, January 27, 2017 | 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM | 121 Hazel Hall



NSLJ’s Perspectives on the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine
Founders Hall, George Mason University
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | 6:00 PM | Founders Hall Auditorium



FS-ISAC, NH-ISAC, and MS-ISAC’s Ransomware 101 Workshop
Founders Hall, George Mason University
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Founders Hall



LEC and NSLJ’s Data Breach at the University: Preparing Our Networks – A Cybersecurity Tabletop Legal Exercise
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University 
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | George Mason University



NSLJ’s Policy By Other Means: A Review of DOD’s Law of War Manual
Founders Hall, George Mason University
Monday, November 16, 2015 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM | Founders Hall Auditorium


  

NSLJ’s Cracking Cyber: A Discussion with General Counsel to Demystify the Hacking Phenomenon
Founders Hall, George Mason University 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 7:00 PM | Founders Hall Auditorium
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NSLJ’s Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA – A Conversation with John Rizzo on His Life as the CIA’s Top Lawyer
Founders Hall, George Mason University 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Founders Hall Multipurpose Room
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NSLJ’s Safe and Surveilled: Former U.S. Attorney General Mukasey on the NSA, Wiretapping, and PRISM
Founders Hall, George Mason University 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 3:00 PM | Founders Hall Auditorium
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NSLJ’s Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence After 9/11
Founders Hall, George Mason University
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Founders Hall Auditorium



NSLJ’s Drone Wars: Challenges and Solutions
Founders Hall, George Mason University
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM | Founders Hall Auditorium



NSLJ’s Defending Against Cyber-Intrusions from State-Sponsored and Civilian Hackers
Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 6:00 PM | Law Offices of Arnold & Porter LLP
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