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28th Annual National Security Law Conference Agenda
Jhe Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS) will present its 28th Annual National Security Law Conference in person at Duke Law on Friday, February 24 and Saturday morning, February 25. Due to some technical glitches, the registration portal is not yet ready to work, but I wanted to share with you the agenda that is here, I think you will agree that this is truly one of our best!
Stay tuned for the announcement of the opening of the registration portal (which we expect this week). We will also tell you more about what awaits you at LENS 2023!
I am particularly pleased to announce that we have regenerated the LENS Scholarship Program with the selection of over 40 students from 16 institutions to attend the conference.[Franklywewouldliketoextendthisopportunitytootherstudentsaroundthecountrysoifyouwouldliketohelpsee[Candidlywe’dliketoextendthisopportunitytosomemorestudentsfromaroundthecountrysoifyor’dliketohelpsee[Franchementnousaimerionsétendrecetteopportunitéàd’autresétudiantsdetoutlepaysdoncsivoussouhaitezaidervoir[Candidlywe’dliketoextendthisopportunitytosomemorestudentsfromaroundthecountrysoifyou’dliketohelpseehere.}
(BTW, Pennsylvania has approved the lecture for 12 hours of CLE, including an ethics hour. We applied to NC for CLE credit. Sometimes approvals in these states allow participants to apply for and receive CLE credit in other jurisdictions..)
Early Arrival Event
On Thursday, February 23, we will have what we call an “early arrival event” which is associated with the conference, but What is not require conference registration. This year, we will be discussing “Careers in National Security Law”.
You may notice that the panelists come from a variety of backgrounds: RADM Melissa Bert, the Judge Advocate General of the Coast Guard; M/s. Michele Pearce, attorney at Covington & Burling; Mr. Phil Carter, Senior Director, Corporate Lawyer, at Salesforce; and Mrs. Genelle FrancisDeputy General Counsel and Acting Unit Chief in the National Security and Cyber Law Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The goal is to show students and young lawyers interested in national security that there are different ways to practice law in this space: in the military; in ‘great law’; In the enterprises ; and the civilian side of government.
The Duke Law graduate begins his military career!
Just after New Years, I had the honor of donning my uniform to swear in John Schwarcz, Duke Law Class of 2022. John, now a first lieutenant in the Air Force, is on his way to becoming a military lawyer ( called “judge”). lawyer” or “JAG”).
When he stopped, John was en route to Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB) in Alabama for his initial training. Once this training is completed, he will go to McConnell AFB, Kansas as his first mission. I look forward to hearing good things about John in the years to come.
The long-term advantage of a military career…!
Speaking of military careers, I had the opportunity to catch up with old friends when we met in Las Vegas last week for dinner with Brig Gen. Roger A. JonesUSAF (Ret.) and his lovely wife Lin who we were stationed with at RAF Upper HeyfordUK, in the late 1970s. General Jones was the judge advocate for the staff I worked for, as was Colonel (Ret.) Steve Smith who was also at dinner at the Sinatra restaurant in Vegas.
General Jones and Lin had a wonderful career in the Air Force! Among his many stints, one of the most significant and challenging was as a JAG Corps Assignment Officer, where he mentored literally hundreds of JAGs. He also served in many other key positions, including Senior Military Counsel for US Strategic Command, before retiring to Las Vegas in 1992.
Lawfire readers can remember I talked about reconnecting with Steve Smith recently.. He and I were stationed together as captains at Osan Air Base, Korea, and later at Upper Heyford. I learned a lot from Steve and am very grateful for his mentorship and friendship, especially during those formative years.
Steve left active duty and had an extremely successful career in private practice, but continued to serve in the reserves until his military retirement. He became a specialist in taxation and, in particular, complex pension plans – and still works!
VSOlonel (retired) Joe Scheimer and his lovely wife Marie also joined us. Joe was not a JAG but rather a commander in Upper Heyford with whom we worked many cases. Joe is a pilot, and also a true Vietnam War hero.
Take a few minutes to hear about his exploits with the Ravens in the short PBS video, My story of the Vietnam War, found here – you will not regret it ; it’s really fascinating! He continues to serve today as chairman of his district’s Rotary Foundation committee.
Sadly, Steve’s wife (Jan) and mine (Joy) couldn’t make the trip to join Lin and Marie, but I think we’d all agree that our wives have been our secret weapons throughout throughout our careers!
As you can imagine, the weekend was a real trip down memory lane as many interesting stories were told! The late General Colin Powell observed in an article (“Why We Serve”) that military service is a “form of bonding that you will not find anywhere else”. So true!
Although they haven’t all been together for decades, all of that time just disappeared. In fact, in many ways it seemed like the middle years never happened.
Military life is certainly not for everyone, but it can be a source of unique and lasting friendships. I wouldn’t trade mine for anything in the world!
In case you missed them…
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