2014 LENS Conference

LAWshaping in National Security: the Past, the Progress, and the Path Ahead

We look forward to welcoming you to the 20th annual LENS Spring Conference.This year's events will feature in-depth discussions of surveillance, cyberwar, drones, the role of the courts in national security issues, sexual assault in the armed forces, presidential power and national security, developments in international humanitarian law, ethical issues in national security law and much more. Speakers and panelists will include federal judges, the general counsel of the Department of Defense, the deputy undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Security, the president of the American Bar Association, active duty military lawyers, as well as experts from Human Rights Watch and a variety of law schools.

Conference Schedule
February 28 - March 1, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

  *** Special Event for Early Arrivals***
12:15 p.m Women in National Security: Navigating Legal Careers in the Field.
A special presentation by Erin Wirtanen, Professor Jayne Huckerby, and Lt. Col. Katherine Oler, moderated by Charlie Dunlap. Room 3043 of the Law School from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.  This event is co-sponsored by the Women Law Students Association.


Friday, February 28, 2014

Duke Law School, Room 3041

7:30 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome: Dean David F. Levi, Duke Law School
8:35 a.m. Conference Welcome: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director
8:45 a.m. Technology, Cyberspace and the Law: Challenges and Opportunities
  Speaker: Mr. Daniel W. Sutherland, Associate General Counsel, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of the General Counsel, U.S.Department of Homeland Security
9:45 a.m. Break
10: 00 a.m. Federal Courts and National Security: A View from the Judiciary
  Moderator: Hon. Scott L. Silliman, Deputy Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Military Commission Review, and Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke Law School
Hon. Andre M. Davis, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Hon. David B. Sentelle, Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Hon. Reggie B. Walton, Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; and Presiding Judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
11:30 a.m. Break (pick up box lunches)
11:45 a.m. Keynote Speech
  Speaker: Hon. Robert S. Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
12:45 p.m. Break
1:00 p.m. Drones, Cyber, and More: International Humanitarian Law and the Path Ahead
  Moderator: Prof. William Banks, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University Law School
Prof. Geoffrey Corn, South Texas College of Law
Ms. Andrea Prasow, Human Rights Watch
Prof. Sean Watts, Creighton University School of Law
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Addressing Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces: The Path Ahead
  Speaker: Capt. Lindsay L. Rodman, USMC, Deputy Legal Counsel, Office of the Legal Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
3:30 p.m. Break (in place)
3:35 p.m. Conference Capstone Lecture: The Legal Profession and National Security Law (Presentation begins at 45:41)
  Speaker: Mr. James R. Silkenat, President, American Bar Association
4:05 p.m. First day of conference concludes
6:15 p.m. Reception at Washington Duke Inn
7:00 p.m. Conference Dinner at Washington Duke Inn
Ambassador Ballroom
  Host: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director
Speaker: Hon. Stephen W. Preston, General Counsel, Department of Defense


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Duke Law School, Room 3041

8:00 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. Contemporary Civil-Military Relations: A Lawyer's Perspective
  Speaker: Mr. Phillip Carter, Center for a New American Security
9:15 a.m. Break
9:30 a.m. Presidential Power and National Security
  Moderator: Prof. Maggie Lemos, Duke Law School
Prof. Christopher Schroeder, Duke Law School
Prof. H. Jefferson Powell, Duke Law School
Prof. Neil Kinkopf, Georgia State University College of Law
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Contemporary Ethical Issues of National Security Law
  Speaker: Maj. Gen. Steven J. Lepper, USAF (Ret.), former Deputy Judge Advocate General, United States Air Force
12:15 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 required


On Friday, February 28th, there will be parking for the conference reserved in the visitor lot across the street on Science Drive, between NC 751 and Whitford Drive. Additional parking this day will be available in Parking Garage 4.

On Saturday, March 1st, there will be parking for the conference in the Law School parking lot that you enter from Towerview Road.  Additional parking information can be found here.

Conference Seating

Conference seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.


WiFi will be available to conference attendees.


The conference has been approved by Pennsylvania for 9.5 hours of CLE, including one hour of ethics. In addition, for those who attend the early-arrival event on the 27th, an additional hour of CLE credit is available. This conference has been approved by North Carolina for 8.5 hours of CLE, including one hour of professional responsibility/ethics. This conference has been approved by Ohio for 8.5 hours of CLE.


There is no dress code for the conference. However, most speakers will be in business attire. Military personnel are welcome to wear their uniforms.

Point of Contact

Stephanie Lowd
(919) 613-7080