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 

NSLJ Presents Our Fall 2016 Symposium: Perspectives on the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine (VA CLE Approved!)


On November 1, 2016, the National Security Law Journal, in partnership with the George Mason University Association of Public Policy PhD Students, will host its fall symposium, Perspectives on the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine.  The event will feature four panelists: Mr. Steven Groves, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Mr. Christopher “Kip” Hale, international atrocity crimes lawyer and former senior counsel at the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights, Ms. Tahmika Jackson, Attorney-Advisor at the Department of Defense, and Mr. J. Trevor Ulbrick, Law Fellow with the Public International Law and Policy Group. Jeremy Rabkin, Professor of Law of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, will serve as the moderator.

The panel will discuss the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine, which was endorsed by all member states of the United Nations at the 2005 World Summit and serves as a global political commitment to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity.  R2P is based on the premise that sovereignty does not exclusively protect States from foreign interference; rather, sovereignty is a charge of responsibility that holds States accountable for the welfare of their people.  This event will provide diverse perspectives on the R2P doctrine and its role in national security and international law.

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Founders Hall Auditorium on George Mason’s Arlington Campus, located at 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA.  Refreshments will be provided during check-in, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. Additionally, this event has been approved for 1.0 CLE Credits by the Virginia Bar. 

To RSVP for the event, please email

About the Panelists:

  • Steven Groves: Steven Groves is the Bernard and Barbara Lomas senior research fellow in the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. He works to protect and preserve American sovereignty, self-governance and independence as leader of The Heritage Foundation’s Freedom Project. Before joining Heritage in 2007, Groves was senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He played a lead role in the subcommittee’s investigation of the U.N. “oil-for-food” scandal, the most extensive congressional probe ever conducted of the United Nations. Groves previously was an associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, specializing in commercial litigation. Before that he served as assistant attorney general for the state of Florida, where he litigated civil rights cases, constitutional law issues and criminal appeals, among other matters, in state and federal court.
  • Christopher “Kip” Hale: Kip Hale currently serves as a legal advisor to a non-governmental organization conducting atrocity crime investigations in conflict zones. Until recently, Kip was senior counsel of the American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights in Washington, D.C., and also director of the ABA-International Criminal Court Project. Previous to this post, he was a prosecuting attorney in the Office of the Co-Prosecutors at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), and has done legal defense work and advised Judges at the UN-International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, The Netherlands. Kip serves as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the Advisory Council of the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative and on the Council of Advisors for the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression. He has written on international criminal justice and atrocity crime accountability issues widely.
  • Tahmika Jackson: Tahmika Jackson is an Attorney-Advisor with the United States Department of Defense. Prior to her current position, Ms. Jackson served as a JAG in the United States Navy where she held the position of Deputy Legal and Oceans Policy Advisor in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy. In this capacity, she served as the office’s subject matter expert on legal policies pertaining to world-wide operations including law of the sea, sovereign immunity, maritime security, international law, litigation concerning US naval operations, national security and foreign warship visits.  Ms. Jackson also served as Head of International Programs in the Navy JAG’s Office of International and Operational Law where she researched, drafted, advised and assisted in negotiations of international agreements concerning personnel and information exchange programs, interagency coordination, medical and marine research, classified programs and base support agreements domestically and abroad.
  • Trevor Ulbrick: Trevor Ulbrick is a Law Fellow with the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG). He has extensive experience advising on international law and human rights issues, particularly in the context of litigation, arbitration, and other adverse proceedings.  His work with PILPG encompasses peace negotiations, war crimes prosecutions, and assisting parties with policy planning regarding self-determination, foreign affairs, and dispute resolution


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.