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2015 National Security Symposium

International & National Security Law Practice Group Wednesday, April 29, 09:00 AMSteptoe & Johnson LLP
Conference Center
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
National Security keyboard

The Federalist Society's International & National Security Law Practice Group invites you to join us for our 2015 National SecuritySymposium on April 29 in Washington, D.C.  The Symposium will include panels on "How to Manage the Intelligence Community" and "Are We @ Cyberwar, and If So, What Should We Do About it."  It will also include a luncheon address by National Review Institute Senior Fellow Andrew C. McCarthy.

@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Shane Harris, Paul Rosenzweig March 11, 2015

The United States military currently views cyberspace as the “fifth domain” of warfare (alongside land, air, sea, and space), and the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency all field teams of hackers who can, and do, launch computer virus strikes against enemy targets. In fact, as @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex shows, U.S. hackers were crucial to our victory in Iraq. Shane Harris delves into the frontlines of America’s new cyber war. As recent revelations have shown, government agencies are joining with tech giants like Google and Facebook to collect vast amounts of information. The military has also formed a new alliance with tech and finance companies to patrol cyberspace, and Mr. Harris offers a deeper glimpse into this partnership than we have ever seen before. Finally, Mr. Harris explains what the new cybersecurity regime means for all of us, who spend our daily lives bound to the internet — and are vulnerable to its dangers.

  • Shane Harris, Senior Correspondent, The Daily Beast, and ASU Future of War Fellow, New America
  • Paul Rosenzweig, Principal, Red Branch Law and Consulting, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Future of Media: Is Government Regulation In Today's Media Landscape "Over-The-Top"? - Event Audio/Video

The Future of Media
Jeffrey Blum, Rick Kaplan, Barry Ohlson, Ryan Radia, Patricia J. Paoletta February 26, 2015

The Federalist Society's Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group and its George Washington University Law School Student Chapter co-sponsored a conference on the Future of Media -- examining the government's role in light of today's rapidly evolving media landscape. The conference took place at The George Washington University Law School on February 25, 2015.

Panel Presentation
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Jeffrey H. Blum, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, DISH Network Corporation
  • Rick Kaplan, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs, National Association of Broadcasters
  • Barry J. Ohlson, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Cox Enterprises
  • Ryan Radia, Associate Director of Technology Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Moderator: Patricia J. Paoletta, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

The George Washington University Law School
Washington, DC

Address by FTC Commissioner Joshua D. Wright - Event Audio/Video

The Future of Media
Joshua D. Wright, Anthony Glosson, Bryan N. Tramont February 26, 2015

The Federalist Society's Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group and its George Washington University Law School Student Chapter co-sponsored a conference on the Future of Media -- examining the government's role in light of today's rapidly evolving media landscape. The conference took place at The George Washington University Law School on February 25, 2015.

Keynote Address
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Introduction: Mr. Bryan N. Tramont, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP and Chairman, Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group
  • Introduction: Mr. Anthony Glosson, Student Member, Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group and Editor-in-Chief, Federal Communications Law Journal
  • Hon. Joshua D. Wright, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

The George Washington University Law School
Washington, DC

T-Mobile v. City of Roswell - Post-Decision SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 2-11-15 featuring Megan Brown
Megan L. Brown February 11, 2015

On January 14, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell. This case concerns whether a document from a state or local government stating that an application has been denied, but listing no reasons for the denial, can satisfy the Communications Act’s “in writing” requirement.

In an opinion delivered by Justice Sotomayor, the Court held that the written document issued by a state or local government denying the application for a cell tower does not need to contain the reasons for denial as long as the reasons for denial appear in some other written record, are clearly written, and are accessible to the applicant essentially contemporaneously with the written denial notice.

Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Breyer, Alito, and Kagan joined the opinion of the Court. Justice Alito filed a concurring opinion. Chief Justice Roberts filed a dissenting opinion which Justice Ginsburg joined in full and which Justice Thomas joined as to Part 1. Justice Thomas filed a dissenting opinion. The judgment of the Eleventh Circuit was reversed and the case remanded for further proceedings.

To discuss the case, we have Megan Brown, who is a partner at WileyRein.