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How to Draw the Line: National Security & the Law

April 23, 2014 06:30 pm


George Mason University (Arlington Campus)
Founders Hall Auditorium 3351 Fairfax Drive (near Virginia Sq and Clarendon metros)
Arlington, VA
United States

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How to Draw the Line: National Security & the Law

Lawyers normally advise clients to steer clear of defined legal lines. But what if the lines aren’t clear? Should the norms for giving domestic legal advice apply in alternate contexts?

As General Counsel at the National Security Agency, Robert L. Deitz dealt firsthand with complex legal and policy issues surrounding national security. In this exclusive event, he'll lecture and answer questions on “Problems Providing Legal Advice in the Intel and Defense Contexts.” Come hear Deitz describe why legal questions surrounding national security require a distinct approach.  

Agree or disagree – you’ll leave this lecture with insight into how law, policy, and national security intersect.

About the Speaker

Robert L. Deitz is a professor at George Mason’s School of Public Policy. He was Senior Councillor to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 until February 2009. From September 1998 to September 2006 he was the General Counsel at the National Security Agency where he represented the NSA in all legal matters. He has also held positions as Acting General Counsel at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and as Acting Deputy General Counsel, Intelligence, at the Department of Defense.

Deitz began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Justices Douglas, Stewart, and White of the United States Supreme Court. He has also been in private practice and was Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher and to Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Joseph Califano during the Carter Administration.


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