National Security Law Journal joins ABA as official sponsor of the 9th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute

Coming Thursday and Friday, August 21-22, 2014

Homeland Security Law Institute 2014 Brochure CoverThe National Security Law Journal at George Mason University School of Law has joined the American Bar Association (ABA) as an official sponsor of the 9th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute, which will be held Thursday and Friday, August 21-22, 2014, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

This annual look at the state of homeland security features 21 panels taught by 100+ experts in national security policy and the fight against terrorism. Topics include immigration law, homeland defense, the role of the military, chemical safety, the balance of privacy and security, emerging threats to the homeland, infrastructure protection, public-private partnerships, export control, disaster response and recovery, and cybersecurity, among others. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with legal practitioners from government agencies, the military, private practice, and academia.

Registration is free for law students, but advance registration is required. Students should contact Alisha Dixon or Angela Petro at the ABA at (202) 662-1582 to register, as complimentary student registration is not available online.

Write-on for transfer students runs through Wed. 8/6

The write-on competition for law students transferring to George Mason University School of Law for the upcoming fall semester runs from 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, through 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. There is still time to get started!

Publish-on deadline Sunday 6/22

Calling all rising 3D, 3E, and 4E students at Mason Law!

The National Security Law Journal (NSLJ) is the only law journal at Mason to offer a unique publish-on option as an alternative path to journal membership. Our publish-on process starts after the write-on competition ends, and allows upper-class students (rising 3Ds, 3Es, and 4Es) to compete for membership by submitting an original article of publishable quality on a national security law topic. Students invited to join NSLJ through the publish-on process join as full Members, have the same opportunities and responsibilities as other full Members, and are eligible to compete for Editorial Board positions.

Publish-on submissions are due Sunday, June 22, 2014, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. If you have written a seminar paper on a national security law topic, you now have an opportunity to improve it to meet our “publishable quality” standard and submit it before Sunday night. For more information, please visit You can also direct any questions to Alexander Yesnik, Editor-in-Chief of NSLJ, at

Student authors selected for publication

Congratulations to the following student authors at George Mason University School of Law whose comments have been selected for publication in our upcoming issues:

Volume 2, Issue 2 (Spring/Summer 2014)

  • Francis Brickfield, Improving Scrutiny of Applicants for Top Secret / SCI Clearances by Adding Psychological Assessments
  • Suzanne Simms, Revision of Article 60 and the Military Convening Authority’s Clemency Power: An Alternative to the Enacted Legislation

Volume 3, Issue 1 (Fall 2014)

  • Stacy Allen, Judicial Activism: How a Court’s Questionable Application of Substantive and Procedural Law Made for a Good Result
  • Melissa Burgess, Illegal Upon Exit: Examining the Ban on the Reimportation of American Military Firearms