Current and Former Senior Government and Corporate Lawyers to Discuss “Corporate Counterterrorism” at Public Symposium

Justice Department’s Top National Security Lawyer to Give Keynote


WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2014- American University Washington College of Law’s Business Law Review will host a public symposium on Friday, March 28, examining the private sector’s role in U.S. counterterrorism policies, including topics from cybersecurity to the controversial NSA surveillance programs disclosed by Edward Snowden.

The event, “Corporate Counterterrorism: The Role of Private Companies in National Security,” will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the law school’s room 603. VIEW THE AGENDA

The Honorable John P. Carlin, acting assistant attorney general for the National Security Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, will deliver the keynote remarks.

In addition to Carlin’s keynote, the symposium also features three panels of current or former senior officials from government agencies and major corporations speaking candidly about how the private sector facilitates government counterterrorism policies while protecting the privacy and other civil liberties of its customers.

“This is going to be one of the first times that these officials have been in the same—public—room since last summer’s Snowden disclosures,” said Stephen Vladeck, professor at American University Washington College of Law and faculty advisor to the student conference organizers. “Having a chance to hear directly from senior officials at the NSA, the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and corporate firms like Microsoft and Verizon about the pivotal role that the private sector plays in U.S. counterterrorism efforts—while also identifying places where privacy and civil liberties concerns can be better accounted for—should make for a fascinating, and unique, series of discussions.”

Panels and speakers include:

The Virtues and Vices of Private Involvement in Counterterrorism Policy

    • Mary Ellen Callahan, Jenner & Block
    • Laura Donohue, Georgetown University Law Center
    • Ben Powell, WilmerHale
    • Jennifer Valentino DeVries, The Wall Street Journal
    • Andrew Weissmann, New York University School of Law
    • Steve Vladeck, American University Washington College of Law (moderator)

Views from the Inside: Perspectives from the Government and Private Sector

    • Merrit Baer, DHS
    • Anne Neuberger, NSA
    • Michael J. Woods, Verizon
    • Marc Zwillinger, ZwillGen
    • Jennifer Daskal, American University Washington College of Law (moderator)

The Need—and Possibilities—for Reform  

    • Nate Jones, Microsoft
    • Michelle Richardson, ACLU
    • Paul Rosenzweig, Red Branch Consulting
    • Amie Stepanovich, Access
    • Ben Wittes, The Brookings Institution
    • Daniel Marcus, American University Washington College of Law (moderator)

Read more information or register here. A live webcast will be available here.

Media should RSVP to Megan Smith, assistant director of public relations, 202-276-4276.


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