2020 LENS Conference

2020 LENS Poster


Duke's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS) will hold the 25th Annual National Security Law Conference on February 28–29, 2020 at Duke Law School.

The Conference is fully booked, but there is availability for the Keynote Dinner. You can register for Dinner Only by clicking here. We may have cancellations for the Conference - if you would like to be placed on our Waitlist, please send an email to lensmailbox@law.duke.edu. Please include your name, your affiliation, and whether you would like to attend the conference only, or conference and dinner. We will be in touch with you directly if a spot opens up.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Duke Law School, Room 3037

12:30 p.m.

Career Opportunities in National Security Law

Sponsored by Duke's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS)

Pre-Event. No registration required. 

 

Moderator: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director

Panelists:

Prof. Laurie R. Blank, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law

Ms. Jamie Jackson, Deputy General Counsel, House Armed Services Committee

Mr. Ben Kastan, Asst. General Counsel for Cyber, National Security Agency (NSA)

Lt. Col. Leah Sprecher, Staff Judge Advocate, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC

 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Duke Law School, Room 3041

7:30 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome: Dean Kerry Abrams, James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean of the School of Law and Professor of Law 
8:15 a.m.

Administrative Notes: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director, and Professor of the Practice, Duke Law School

8:30 a.m.

Keynote: Offensive Cyber Operations

 

Introduction: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director

Speaker:  Prof. Michael Schmitt, Professor of Public International Law, University of Exeter Law School (UK)
9:15 a.m. Break 
9:30 a.m.

Short Bursts I: Quick Updates on Hot Issues

 

Moderator: Col. Adam Oler, USAF (Ret.), Assistant Professor, National Defense University

Panelists: 

Developments in Space War Law: Prof. Laurie R. Blank, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law

Update on the ICC: Prof. Mike Newton, Professor of the Practice of Law and Professor of the Practice of Political Science, Vanderbilt University

Legal Issues of Humanitarian Operations: Lt. Col. Leah Sprecher, USAF, Staff Judge Advocate, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC

Domestic Drones: Col. Dawn Zoldi, USAF (Ret.) Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Air Force, U.S Air Force Academy

11:00 a.m. Break (pick up lunches)
11:15 a.m. Luncheon Speech: "The Challenge of China: Lawfare, Technology, and more"
  Introduction: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director

Speaker: Mr. Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy
12:15 p.m. Break
12:30 p.m. Social Media and National Security
 

Moderator: Prof. Shane Stansbury, Robinson Everett Distinguished Fellow, Duke Law School 

Panelists:

Ms. Yvette Bourcicot, Policy Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region at Airbnb

Prof. Jennifer Daskal, Professor and Faculty Director of the Tech, Law, & Security Program at the American University Washington College of Law

Prof. David Hoffman, Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Prof. Matt PeraultDirector, Duke University's Center on Science & Technology Policy

2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. A Tribute to Judge Robinson O. Everett on the 25 Anniversary of the LENS Conference
 

Introduction: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director

Remarks: Hon. Scott Silliman, Judge United States Court of Military Commission Review and LENS Executive Director Emeritus

  Shortbursts II: Quick Updates on Hot Issues
2:30 p.m.

Topic: Grey Zone War

 

Speaker:  Dr. Aurel Sari, Associate Professor of Public International Law, Director of Exeter Centre for International Law (UK)

3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m.

Topic: Whistleblowers and National Security

  Speaker: Prof. Mary-Rose Papandrea, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of North Carolina School of Law 
4:10 p.m. Break (in place) 
4:15 p.m. Hunting the Caliphate: America's War on ISIS and the Dawn of the Strike Cell
 

Discussant: Col. Adam Oler, USAF (Ret.), Assistant Professor, National Defense University

Authors: Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, USA (Ret.) and MSgt. Wes Bryant, USAF (Ret.)

5:00 p.m. Conference Sessions at the Law School Conclude
6:00 p.m. Reception at Washington Duke Inn 
(Reception/Dinner Registration Required)
7:00 p.m. Conference Dinner at Washington Duke Inn
 

Host: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director

Speaker: LTG Charles N. Pede, The Judge Advocate General, USA 

8:30 p.m. First Day of Conference Concludes

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Duke Law School, Room 3041

7:30 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast
8:00 a.m. Keynote: Security Cooperation and the Rule of Law
 

Introduction: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director

Speaker LTG Charles Hooper, Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

8:45 a.m. Break
9:00 a.m. Shortbursts III: Quick Updates on Hot Issues
 

Topic: Climate Change and National Security

  Speaker: Prof. Mark P. Nevitt, Commander, JAGC (Ret.), Class of 1971 Distinguished Military Professor of Leadership & Law, United States Naval Academy
9:40 a.m. Break (in place) 
9:45 a.m. Topic: Law, Technology, and the Future of Surveillance
 

Discussant: Prof. Shane Stansbury, Robinson Everett Distinguished Fellow, Duke Law School

Speaker: Ms. Erin Wirtanen, Chief Counsel for the Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI) for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Speaker: Mr. Ben Kastan, Asst. General Counsel for Cyber, National Security Agency (NSA)

10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow's Terrorists
 

Discussant: Prof. Mike Newton, Professor of the Practice of Law and Professor of the Practice of Political Science, Vanderbilt Univeristy

Author: Prof. Audrey Kurth Cronin, Director, Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology, School of International Service, American University

11:30 a.m. Break (in place)
11:35 a.m.

LENS 25 - Senior Leader Perspectives on Ethics and Professional Conduct

 

Discussant: Prof. Adam Oler, Professor, National Defense University

Speaker: Hon. Michele PearcePrincipal Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Army

Speaker: Hon. Scott Thompson, Director of the Department of Defense Standards of Conduct Office

12:35 p.m. Closing remarks: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.),  LENS Executive Director
12:40 p.m. Conference concludes

The conference is produced by the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke Law School

Conference Details

Registration

To register, please click here.

Parking

On Friday, February 28th, parking will be available in the Science Drive Parking Garage. The parking attendant at the lot will provide passes. The parking garage is accessible off of Cameron Blvd (also known as 751). This parking lot is located on the corner of Cameron Blvd. and Science Dr. For further information, please see the Parking Map

On Saturday, February 29th, parking for the conference will be available in the Law School Parking lot, entrance located on Towerview Road. 

Conference Seating

Conference seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. Once the main auditorium is full, attendees will be invited to view a live webcast of the conference in the adjacent overflow room.

WiFi

WiFi will be available to conference attendees.

CLE

North Carolina has approved the conference for 11.25 hours of CLE (including one hour of ethics).  Similarly, Pennsylvania has approved the conference for 11 hours of CLE (including one hour of ethics).  Often attendess can take these approvals and get CLE credit in other jurisdictions.  Those seeking CLE credit are responsible for all associated expenses.

Dress

There is no dress code for the conference itself. However, most speakers will be in business attire. Military personnel are welcome to wear their UOD. For the conference reception and dinner, it is requested that gentlemen wear coat & tie. Ladies are requested to wear dressy or business attire (formal cocktail attire is not required). Military personnel are welcome to wear their service dress or civilian attire.

Point of Contact

Isabel Fox
lensmailbox@law.duke.edu
(919) 613-8545

 

https://sites.duke.edu/lawfire/