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National Security and Civil Liberties Symposium at Loyola Chicago

On February 7, 2014 I will be participating in Loyola Chicago’s National Security and Civil Liberties symposium.  Details appear below.

National Security Law, Policy and Practice:

Are We Safer in 2014 and at What Cost?

The appropriate balance between liberty and security is a legally complicated issue that is both socially and politically charged. In the post-9/11 world of diffused, clandestine, and increasingly powerful and asymmetrical threats from non-state actors, the constitutional equilibrium has shifted, but a new paradigm evades definition in the face of continually shifting threats.  This inaugural symposium hosted by Loyola’s National Security & Civil Rights Program will examine the current state of the constitutional security/liberty equilibrium, including the ongoing developments in the Snowden/NSA revelations; the role of Article III courts; and the economic, political, and moral implications of this debate.  A distinguished group of speakers from around the country will explore these topics and discuss the critical role of lawyers in this process.  



9:00-9:15 AM Opening Remarks

Thomas Durkin, Loyola University School of Law

9:15-10:45 AM

Panel: NSA Data Collection and Dissemination: The Law & The Constitution

•              Gregory S. McNeal

•              Harvey Rishikof

•              Jill Rhodes

•              Alex Abdo

Moderator: Anthony Romero, ACLU

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00 AM -12:30 PM

Panel: Balancing the Risks, Benefits and the Economic, Political and Moral Costs of a Modern National Security State

•              Michael Glennon

•              John Mearsheimer

•              John Mueller

•              Karen Greenberg

Moderator: Thomas Durkin, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

12:30-1:45 PM Luncheon Address

Anthony Romero, American Civil Liberties Union

1:45-3:15 PM

Panel: The Domestic and International Legal Framework of Counter Terrorism Operations and Prosecutions

•              Patrick Fitzgerald

•              David Nevin

•              Mary Ellen O’Connell

•              Hina Shamsi

•              Aziz Huq

Moderator: John Dehn, Loyola University Chicago Law School

3:15-3:30 PM Closing Remarks

Joe Ferguson, Loyola University School of Law


Anthony Romero—Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York

Patrick Fitzgerald—Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and terrorism prosecutor

Karen Greenberg—Director of the National Security Center at Fordham University Law School

Michael Glennon—Professor of International Law Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Aziz Huq—Assistant Professor and Herbert and Marjorie Fried Teaching Scholar, University of Chicago Law School Law and former Director, Liberty and National Security Project, The Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law

Gregory McNeal—Associate Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law and former Assistant Director of the Institute for Global Security and Advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions on matters related to the prosecution of suspected terrorists held in the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay

John Mearsheimer—R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

John Mueller—Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies, Mershon Center
Professor of Political Science, The Ohio State University

David Nevin—Nevin, Benjamin, McKay & Bartlett, Boise, ID; lead counsel for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in the 9/11 Conspiracy case pending in the Military Commissions in Guantanamo Bay

Mary Ellen O’Connell—Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution, University of Notre Dame Law School

Jill Rhodes—Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Trustmark Companies Lake Forest, IL (former senior official with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence)

Harvey Rishikof—Director of Cybersecurity and the Law, College of Information Science and Technology, The iSchool, Drexel University; Co-chair of the ABA National Task Force on Cyber and the Law; and chair of the ABA Advisory Committee on Law and National Security

Hina Shamsi—Director, American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project

Alex Abdo—Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project

Gregory S. McNeal

Along with being a successful entrepreneur, I am a tenured Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine University. I teach courses related to technology, law, and policy, and serve as a faculty member with the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship.


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