National Security Law Journal joins ABA as official sponsor of the 11th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute

The National Security Law Journal at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University has joined the American Bar Association (ABA) as an official sponsor of the 11th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 24-25, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Please join us for this annual look at the state of security,  from infrastructure to exports, immigration to chemical safety,  and the roles of  the legal profession and different government agencies – including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the NSA, the CIA, the U.S. military, FEMA, and the National Protection and Programs Directorate – in keeping our nation secure. Attendees will also have the opportunity to earn 12.5 hours of CLE credit and network with legal practitioners from government agencies, the military, private practice, and academia.

Registration is twenty-five dollars for law students, but advance registration is required. Students should contact the ABA’s Service Center at (800) 285-2221 to register, as student registration is not available online.

NSLJ Welcomes 6 New Candidate Members and 1 Full Member

This year, the National Security Law Journal received 80 applications through the Write-On competition and the Editorial Board is thrilled to announce NSLJ’s new candidate member class. With the addition of such dedicated candidate members, the Board is excited to see what these Candidate Members will achieve and looks forward to another successful year!
Benjamin Charlton
Caitlyn Lightner
Anees Mokhiber
Sarah Racataian
Laura Rosenberger
Yucheng Wang
In addition, NSLJ is also pleased to welcome a new full member who was awarded full membership through our Publish-On process.
Thomas Wheatley
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Volume 4, Issue 2- Spring/Summer 2016

Volume 4, Issue 2 – Spring/Summer 2016 (PDF; 2 MB) – Download the entire issue!

Published May 13, 2016



Data Breach at the University: Preparing Our Networks

Preparing our Networks_croppedThis spring, in partnership with the George Mason University Law and Economic Center, the National Security Law Journal is excited to host Data Breach at the University: Preparing Our Networks, a Cybersecurity Tabletop Legal Exercise.

With over 700 data breaches identified at educational institutions between 2005-2014, it is clear that colleges and universities are a prime target for cyber attacks.  University networks serve a wide variety of user groups and house a wealth of information.  According to the Ponemon Institute, the per capita cost of a university data breach is second highest only to the healthcare industry.

The scenario for this day-long tabletop focuses on a data breach at a public university that has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security on research and development.  Participants include representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of Education, the Virginia Governor’s office, the MS-ISAC, and several local universities.  During this tabletop exercise, we will explore the unique cyber security challenges of a university environment, interdependencies with other sectors, and the potential legal implications of a data breach.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 2016; however, please note that attendance and participation in the event is by invitation only. Mason Law students who are interested in volunteering at the event should e-mail for more information.