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LENS Conference - Fall 2000 - National Security Law in a Changing World: The Tenth Annual Review of the Field

October 6, 2000

Dear Colleague:

On Friday and Saturday, December 1-2, 2000, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security; the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law; and the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law will again join together to co-sponsor the Tenth Annual Review Conference titled: "National Security Law in a Changing World: The Tenth Annual Review of the Field." This conference will take place at the Capital Hilton, Main Ballroom, 16th and K Streets, NW, in Washington, D.C. A copy of the program is enclosed. Continuing Legal Education Credit will be available.

The Review Conference is an annual offering of the Standing Committee that began nine years ago at the suggestion of former Chairman Morris I. Leibman. It is unique in that it brings together the senior attorneys in government most prominently involved in national security affairs with members of the private bar and the scholarly community to consider important new developments in the field and major issues of ongoing interest. This historic conference, now in its 10th year, has promoted an important and beneficial interaction among these constituencies, has helped inform a larger public about key legal issues in national security and has identified matters deserving further study or attention.

The Tenth Annual Review of the Field Conference will open with two panels of distinguished senior attorneys, the first from key executive departments and the second from key congressional committees. These two panels will discuss issues of the past year and identify potential future problem areas that might benefit from outside thinking. Following the format of previous years, the remainder of the conference will consist of four substantive panels on such issues as a comparative view of intelligence collection, examining the legal framework for responding to catastrophic terrorism, the current crisis in Colombia, and finding the right formula for deterrence in a world of strategic multi-polarity. We will also have two luncheon speakers and a dinner keynote speaker, who will address major topics impacting our national security.

A registration fee of $100.00 per day or $185.00 for both days will be charged and includes breakfast, lunch and conference materials. Additionally there will be a charge of $65.00 per person for the reception and dinner on Friday evening, December 1st. A check made payable to "American Bar Association" should be included with the enclosed registration form and returned by Wednesday, November 22nd to Ms. Donna Ganoe, CNSL, 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903. In the event you need to cancel your reservation, a refund will be made, provided notice of cancellation is received in our ABA Standing Committee office-202-662-1035 - by 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 27, 2000. There is no registration charge for members of the press attending the panels but reservations are appreciated.

We have made arrangements for conference participants to stay at either the Club Quarters, 839 17th Street, NW (202-974-4222), or the Capital Hilton, 16th and K Streets, (202-393-1000), Washington, DC. You must make your reservation as soon as possible to receive the conference rate. The room rate at the Capital Hilton is $209 per night (single or double) and the room rate at Club Quarters is $89 for Executive Room (one double bed) or $109 for Director Room (one queen or two twins). Please advise the Reservation Office at either hotel that you are with the American Bar Association conference to receive the group rate. You will be responsible for making your own hotel reservation and guaranteeing late arrival if necessary.

Special discounts are offered by American, Delta, and US Airways for this conference. The ABA Discounted Meeting Airfares are available through your travel agent, directly from the airline or from the ABA travel agency, Tower Travel at 1-800-921-9190.

American Airlines ABA Code: S11803 1-800-433-1790

Delta Air Lines ABA Code: DMN113397OA 1-800-241-6760

US Airways ABA Code: 21900057 1-877-874-7687

This is a timely Conference, assembling top thinkers and policymakers to share views on some of the most interesting issues confronting the field of national security. The Conference is expected to draw a large audience, and will reach an even larger audience through the power of the media. We are proud to be hosting this outstanding conference for the tenth year and hope that you will be able to join us.


Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker