National Security Institute to Host Senator Tom Cotton at Scalia Law

The National Security Institute at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University and the Intelligence and National Security Foundation present the first event in our Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Senator Tom Cotton, Member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Chairman of the Airland Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, for a discussion on defending the Nation in the 21st Century, including Section 702 reauthorization and empowering the intelligence community to detect and monitor threats to our nation.

This event will be on Monday April 24th, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:00pm in 329 Hazel Hall, with a reception and refreshments to follow afterwards.

Link to RSVP is below.

Volume 5 Issue 1 Released

Volume 5, Issue 1 – Fall/Winter 2016 (PDF; 2 MB) – Download the entire issue!

Published December 31, 2016



  • Jeremy A. Rabkin, What Natural Law Teaches About the Rights of War, 5 NAT’L SECURITY L.J. 96 (book review) (2016). A review of The Right to Wage War (jus ad bellum): The German Reception of Grotius 50 years After De iure belli ac pacis By Andreas Harald Aure.



Join Us for Our Spring Symposium! Exploring Private Sector and Government Interactions Post-Cyber Breach: Insights, Impacts, and Approaches

Please Join Us for Our Spring 2017 Symposium on April 12th at 6:00pm where our panel will explore the legal and policy issues surrounding private sector and government interactions following a cyber incident. 

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We are pleased to welcome a distinguished panel of attorneys specializing in cybersecurity, privacy, and national security law from the public and private sector for this event, two of whom are George Mason alumni.


Scott Ferber, Counsel for Cyber Investigations, Department of Justice (National Security Division) Washington, DC: Scott currently serves as Counsel for Cyber Investigations at the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division.  Before his selection as Counsel for Cyber Investigations, Mr. Ferber held a number of other positions within DOJ, including Associate Deputy Attorney General, Senior Litigation Counsel with the National Security Division, and Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia (Criminal Division).  Mr. Ferber has investigated and prosecuted a wide range of federal criminal and national security matters, including DOJ-priority cases involving international cyber threats, economic espionage, the illegal export of military and strategic commodities, fraud, public corruption, drug trafficking, and money laundering.   Mr. Ferber has also advised the Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General on a range of matters, with special emphasis on cyber policy and national security.

Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Ferber worked at Am Law 100 firms in New York and Atlanta.  From 1999 to 2002, he was an Assistant District Attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.   Mr. Ferber received his Juris Doctor with honors from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and graduated from the University of Michigan with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Gerry Stegmaier (GMU Law ’00), Partner, Reed Smith LLP, Washington, DC: Gerry is a partner in the Reed Smith’s Intellectual Property, Information and Innovation group. He focuses his practice on corporate governance, intellectual property and Internet issues, especially as they relate to privacy, information security and consumer protection. An experienced and pragmatic litigator, Gerry focuses a significant part of his practice on prelitigation and advisory services relating to business strategy for privacy by design, data protection, intellectual property, and emerging technologies and markets, often acting as outside product counsel to leading innovators and disruptive technology companies.

Gerry is designated as a Certified Information Privacy Professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. In recent years, he has helped many automotive, health information technology, data management, advertising and consumer technology companies with information management and protection strategy including some of the most popular consumer products and services of the last decade.

Gerry graduated magna cum laude from Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University where he was an editor of the George Mason Law Review. Following graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Pauline Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is a practitioner in residence and a Senior Research Fellow for George Mason’s Program on the Economics of Privacy as well as an adjunct member of the law faculty.

Robert Duffy (GMU Law ’09), Associate, Baker McKenzie, Washington, DC: Robert is a litigation associate in Baker McKenzie’s Washington, DC office. His practice involves advising clients on administrative, civil and criminal litigation matters, as well as internal investigations. Robert is a member of Baker McKenzie’s global cybersecurity practice.

Mr. Duffy focuses his practice on internal investigations and litigation related to complex administrative, civil and criminal matters. He advises clients on cybersecurity issues related to compliance and incident response. He also advises clients on information governance such as legal standards for securing data and identifying, preserving, collecting, and producing data in the context of litigation, internal investigations, and other disputes. He advises clients on the use of predictive coding and other advanced technologies in the context of internal investigations, government investigations, and civil litigation. He regularly utilizes his background in computer science and software engineering to deliver unique insights to clients facing complex legal issues implicating information technology.

Representative matters include advising a major telecommunications provider on compliance with a DOJ Civil Investigative Demand regarding competition issues, counseling one of the world’s largest providers of banking and payment services with respect to a significant cyber attack, and counseling a major transportation company in response to an FTC investigation regarding cyber issues.

Robert graduated from Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in 2009.

Stay Tuned for Information About Our Potential Fourth Panelist!


Kiran S. Raj, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Washington, DC (Formerly Deputy General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security): Formerly the Department of Homeland Security’s highest-ranking attorney focused on cybersecurity and technology, Kiran draws on his extensive government and corporate experience to counsel clients on their most critical privacy and cybersecurity issues.

Before joining O’Melveny, Kiran served as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security, working directly with leaders of corporate America on the intersection of cybersecurity and privacy with law, policy, and technology.  Kiran held a similar role at the US Department of Justice as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, where he advised the Department’s senior leadership on significant issues and managed policy-related matters, with particular focus on cybersecurity, national security, and civil litigation.

At DHS, Kiran also managed the Technology Programs Law Division and oversaw department-wide intellectual property law matters, including patent, trademark, copyright, data rights, and related litigation, calling on his electrical engineering and computer science background. Previously, he was a lead program manager at Microsoft and held a wide-ranging role in a startup environment that included technical leadership, business development, and marketing efforts.

Kiran also teaches National Security, Surveillance & Cybersecurity Law as an Adjunct Professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. He is also a faculty member of the recently created National Security Institute at  Antonin Scalia Law School and clerked for the Honorable Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

2017-2018 Editorial Board Announced and Student Pieces Selected for Publication

The outgoing Editorial Board of the National Security Law Journal is excited to announce the incoming Editorial Board for the 2017-2018 academic year. Congratulations to all of the incoming editors and members:

2016-2017 Editorial Board
  • Editor-in-Chief:  Max Ross
  • Executive Editor:  Sarah Racataian
  • Managing Editor:  Jeremy Glenn
  • Articles Selection & Senior Articles Editor: Laura Rosenberger
  • Senior Notes Editor: Sarah Gilson
  • Senior Research Editor:  Xue Franco
  • Symposium Editor: Caitlyn Lightner
  • Articles Editor: Chelsea Smith 
  • Research Editor: Richard Sterns
  • Online Development Editor: Yucheng “Johnny” Wang
  • Member: Alex Summerton, Anees Mokhiber, Benjamin Charlton

These editors and members will play an important role in shaping the future of the National Security Law Journal. The outgoing Board looks forward to celebrating the incoming Board’s successes, and it extends its gratitude to these members for their ongoing dedication to the Journal.

Additionally, the outgoing Editorial Board has recently reviewed a number of great Comments and Notes submitted by our Candidate Member class and publish-on applicants. Congratulations to the students whose pieces were selected for publication in our upcoming issues:

Vol. 5, Issue 2 (Spring/Summer 2017):

  • Anees Mokhiber, The Katz Outta The Bag: Bringing National Security Letters into Compliance with the “Reasonable Expectation of Privacy Test”
  • Sarah Racataian, Proposing A Three-Fourths Majority to Override A Veto in the UNSC in Times of Crisis

Vol. 6, Issue 1 (Fall/Winter 2017):

  • Max Ross, With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies? Turning Attention to Public Corruption in Mexico
  • Laura Rosenberger, Our Allies Have Rights, Too: Judicial Departure from International Shoe and Interference in International Politics