2024 LENS Conference

Duke's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS) will hold the 29th Annual National Security Law Conference on February 23-24, 2024 at Duke Law School.

You'll learn updates on a variety of issues and hear candid discussions about challenges and potential solutions from experts in government, the military, agencies, and the civilian sector. 
Plus, you'll have the opportunity to network and connect with others working in or interested in the national security law field.  

This is an event where you'll benefit from being here!  


Registration is currently FULL!

Thank you for your interest in the 29th Annual LENS Conference.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, February 22, 2024 

Early Arrival Event

No conference registration needed for this special event

All time EST, U.S. (UTC/GMT -5 hours)

Duke Law School, Room 3041

12:30 p.m.

Duke's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS) is sponsoring a panel entitled "Careers in National Security Law" 


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


Capt Kara L. Iskenderian, USAF, Executive Officer to the Staff Judge Advocate, Global Strike Command

Ms. Erin WirtanenOffice of the General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency

Mr. Daniel Berrick, Policy Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum

Mr. Tom Lee, Special Counsel for Hughes Hubbard & Reed (NY), and Professor of International Law at Fordham Law School.


Friday, February 23, 2024

Conference Agenda

Conference registration required

All time EST, U.S. (UTC/GMT -5 hours)

Duke Law School, Room 3041

7:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

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

8:10 a.m.

Welcome: Prof. Joseph Blocher, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty, Duke Law

8:15 a.m.

"International Criminal Justice Update


Speaker:  Prof. Mike Newton, Vanderbilt Law School

8:55 a.m.


9:05 a.m.

“A Fireside Chat with Hon. Kate Heinzelman”


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

Speaker: Hon. Kate Heinzelman, General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency

10:05 a.m. 


10:15 a.m.

Shortburst: “Domestic Drones and National Security”


Speaker:  Col Dawn Zoldi, USAF (Ret.), Founder and Chief Executive Officer of P3 Tech Consulting

10:55 a.m.

Shortburst: “Protecting Constitutional Rights in Domestic Terrorism Cases”

  Speaker:  Maj Melissa Ken, USAF, Asst. Professor of Law, USAF Academy 

11:30 a.m.

Break (pick up lunches)

11:45 a.m.

Luncheon Presentation: "Update on China: Lawfare, Technology, and More"


Speaker: Mr. Dean ChengSenior Advisor to the China program at the U.S. Institute of Peace

12:30 p.m.


12:45 p.m.

Conference Leadership Speech: “LOAC in the 21st Century Battlespaces”


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

Speaker: BG David E. Mendelson, USA, Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law and Operations

1:30 p.m.

Break (in place)

1:35 p.m.

Shortburst: “LOAC in the Dark”


Speaker: Prof. Laurie BlankSpecial Counsel to the General Counsel, Department of Defense and Clinical Professor of Law, Emory Law School 

2:05 p.m.


2:20 p.m.

"Business and American National Security: A Conversation with Commissioner Caroline Crenshaw"


Discussant: Prof. Bobby Bishop, Associate Professor of Law, Duke Law

Speaker: Hon. Caroline Crenshaw, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 

3:00 p.m.

Break (in place)

3:05 p.m.

Shortburst: “Attacking Big Data: Strategic Competition, the Race for AI, and Cyber Sabotage”


Speaker: Prof. Gary Corn, Director of the Technology, Law & Security Program and an adjunct professor at Washington College of Law. American University

3:45 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

"Maritime Law and Global Security"



Prof. James Kraska, Professor of International Maritime Law at the U.S. Naval War College and Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School

Prof. Raul (Pete) Pedrozo, U.S. Naval War College, Professor of International Law, Stockton Center for International Law

CAPT Robin A. Ellerbe, USCG, Chief, Office of Maritime & International Law

5:00 p.m.

Friday conference sessions conclude

5:30 p.m.

Reception at Washington Duke Inn

7:30 p.m.

First Day of Conference Concludes

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Conference Agenda

Conference registration required

All time EST, U.S. (UTC/GMT -5 hours)

Duke Law School, Room 3041

7:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:10 a.m.

Guardians of Code and Conscience: Exploring Legal and Ethical Frontiers of Generative AI


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

Speaker: Brig Gen Linell Letendre, USAF, Dean of the Faculty, U.S. Air Force Academy

9:15 a.m.


9:25 a.m.

“War Again – The Middle East and the Conflict in Context”


Speaker: Prof. Adam Oler, Associate Professor of National Security Strategy and the Associate Dean of Academics, National Defense University

10:15 a.m.


10:25 a.m.

Panel: Emerging Challenges in Space Law


Moderator:  Col Ted Richard, USAF, Staff Judge Advocate, Space Operations Command at United States Space Force


Prof. Chris Borgen, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at St. John's University School of Law

CDR Tracy L. Reynolds, USN, Force Judge Advocate to Commander, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic

Dr. Hitoshi Nasu, Professor of Law at the United States Military Academy, West Point

11:30 a.m.

Break (in place)

11:35 a.m.

“Section 702 Surveillance: Where Do We Go From Here?"



Prof. Shane Stansbury, Robinson Everett Distinguished Fellow in the Center for Law, Ethics, and National Security Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke Law

Mr. Ben Kastan, Senior Counsel, Data Protection and Cybersecurity at Visa, Global Privacy Office

12:25 p.m.

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

12:30 p.m.

Conference Concludes

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


Conference Details

Registration is now full.   


On Friday, February 23rd, parking will be available in the Science Drive Parking Garage. The parking attendant at the lot will provide passes for you to use when you leave the garage. 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. (3100 Cameron Blvd Durham, NC). For further information, please see the Parking Map. 

On Saturday, February 24th, parking for the conference will be available in the Law School Parking lot, entrance located on Towerview Road. 

Conference Seating

Conference seating is essentially on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Once the main auditorium is full, attendees will be invited to view a live webcast in the adjacent overflow room.  Persons in the overflow room will have the opportunity to ask questions, and student volunteers will be available to take questions to the main conference room for consideration by the moderator.  Some seats in the main auditorium are reserved for those with special needs, LENS Scholars, volunteers, and donors/supporters.


WiFi will be available to conference attendees. Connect to the network “DukeVisitor.” 


The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the North Carolina State Bar have approved the conference for 10 hours of CLE credit (including one hour of ethics).  An additional hour of CLE credit is available for those who attend the Early Arrival Event on Thursday at lunch.  CLE approvals from PA and/or NC have enabled some attorneys to get credit in other jurisdictions, but we cannot guarantee it.  All attorneys seeking CLE credit will have to sign an attendance roster at the conference. In addition, attorneys will be responsible for submitting their own applications for CLE credit.  All expenses associated with CLE credit must be borne by the individual attorneys seeking it.


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. Dress for the reception is conference appropriate attire as it will start shortly after the event ends for the day.  (Formal cocktail attire NOT expected).  Military personnel are welcome to wear their service dress, UOD, or civilian attire.

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Unless otherwise indicated, speakers and panelists are participating in their personal capacity, so their views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of their employers.  In particular, for government employees – to include specifically military members -  their views and opinions are their own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the US government or any entity of it.  Moreover, the views and opinions expressed by speakers, panelists, or attendees are their own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke Law School, Duke University or any other person or entity.

Recording/Use of Material

No video or audio recording of any portion of the conference is permitted absent written permission from the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS). Unless otherwise indicated, the conference is conducted under the Chatham House Rule which means “participants [to include attendees] are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

Attendance at Duke Law’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security’s (“LENS”) 29th Annual National Security Law Conference (“Conference”) constitutes an agreement by the attendee to grant to LENS the right to record their image, photograph, picture, likeness, and voice by any technology or means. They also grant LENS the right to copy, use, perform, display and distribute such recordings for any legitimate purpose, including but not limited to distribution by means of streaming or other technologies via the Internet, or distribution of audio or video files for download by the public. Attendees hereby waive any right to inspect, approve, or be compensated for use of any materials incorporating such images obtained during the Conference. They release LENS and its agents, representatives and licensees from all liabilities arising out of any use of my likeness and information as provided above. They understand and agree that any and all negatives, digital images, and recordings of my likeness, regardless of form, are and shall remain property of LENS.

Point of Contact

Amanda Gonzalez