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Borders and Beyond: The Future of American Border Security

The National Security Law Journal and Immigration Law Society at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School are excited to host a panel discussion focused on U.S. border security and national security implications of immigration control. 

The event will feature a policy panel featuring:

Stephanie Groff – Adjunct Professor at Antonin Scalia Law School , Immigration Law (Moderator)

Cart Weiland – Senior Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs

Julie Myers Wood – Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

James McCament – Acting Chief Operating Officer, Customs and Borders Protection

Please stick around and join us for the reception that will follow the policy discussions. 

Location: Van Metre Auditorium, 3351 Fairfax Dr. Arlington, VA 22201 Date: March 19, 2024 Time: 6 – 8 PM
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Speaker Biographies

Stephanie Groff


Stephanie Groff serves as a Trial Attorney with the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation Appellate Section. She represents the Attorney General before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in civil immigration litigation.  Ms. Groff previously worked as an Associate Legal Advisor with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, in the Immigration Law and Practice Division. Additionally, she clerked at the Los Angeles Immigration Court through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Ms. Groff has been an adjunct professor at Antonin Scalia Law School since 2020, and currently teaches Immigration Law and Law Journal Management. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland, and her J.D. from Antonin Scalia Law School. Ms. Groff is a member of the Maryland Bar.

James McCament


James McCament assumed the role of the Acting Chief Operating Officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on October 12, 2023. In this role, Mr. McCament ensures the frontline is equipped with the personnel, tools, and vital information needed, improving the agency’s capacity to adapt and respond to an ever-changing environment. Mr. McCament is a founding civil service member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has served in multiple leadership roles since DHS was founded in March 2003. Prior to joining CBP, Mr. McCament served as the Deputy Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Deputy Associate Director for USCIS Service Center Operations.

Julie Myers Wood


Julie Myers Wood has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sector working on regulatory and enforcement issues from many perspectives, including as federal prosecutor, defense counsel, government investigator and compliance consultant. Key highlights include leading 15,000 special agents, lawyers, and officers at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); helping the President choose cabinet members to serve in his administration; and co-founding a compliance software and consulting startup, which was later acquired by Guidepost Solutions. Ms. Wood is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Guidepost Solutions, a leading investigations, compliance, monitoring, and security firm with offices throughout the United States, as well as England, Colombia, and Singapore.

Cart Weiland


F. Cartwright (“Cart”) Weiland is Senior Counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he covers the State Department’s global operations and management and assists Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on oversight matters.  Previous to this role, he served as a Member of the State Department’s Office of Policy Planning under Secretary Mike Pompeo, where he covered Latin America issues and served as rapporteur on the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights.  Earlier he served as speechwriter to Secretary Pompeo, as well as Chief Speechwriter to the then-Majority Whip of the U.S. Senate, John Cornyn (R-TX).  He has also worked as a policy analyst for a state-level think tank, practiced regulatory litigation at a Texas law firm, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He is a graduate of Duke University (A.B.) and Harvard Law School (J.D.).  He also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Politics at Catholic University of America. 

Additional Information

Yes. Parking in available to the public in the Van Metre Hall Garage. For more information, visit Parking Services at Mason Square.

Yes. The Virgina Square metro stop is less than 2 blocks from campus.