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Public-Private Partnerships in Cybersecurity and Technology

International & National Security Law Practice Group Teleforum Monday, February 27, 12:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

As behavior in the cyber domain has perhaps become the most ubiquitous asymmetric threat to modern life, governments, companies, and individuals each have unprecedented exposure to theft and sabotage. Home networks are compromised through connected thermostats; commercial airliners’ flight controls have been hacked through in-flight entertainment systems; passwords and credit card data are stored on servers that are the targets of daily hacking attempts, with that data often appearing for sale online.

The second Teleforum in our Security Partnership Series will examine the complex mechanics and ethics of cyber partnerships. Should government agencies be enlisting private security firms to help prevent hacking into their own systems?  On the other hand, should insurance companies require private company customers to do the same?  Should private corporations, particularly financial institutions, be required to report hacking incidents to the federal government, and, if so, to what agency, for what purpose?  Consumer protection?  Economic security?  What are the lawful responses to being hacked for government or industry?  Is the best defense a good offense?  How effective are today’s consumer-level encryption algorithms?  Does public/private cooperation on the cybersecurity front impact private companies’ willingness and ability to cooperate with intelligence investigations under the supervision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court?


  • Prof. Catherine B. Lotrionte, Director of the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security and Visiting Assistant Professor of Government and Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Chair, Emerging Technologies & National Security and Director of the Digital & Cyberspace Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
  • Moderator: Adam Pearlman,Special Advisor to the International and National Security Law Practice Group 

Breakfast with Shon Hopwood

DC Young Lawyers Chapter Tuesday, February 28, 08:00 AMThe Federalist Society
1776 I St NW
Suite #300
Washington, DC 20006


  • Shon Hopwood, Teaching Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center & Author of Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption

Travel Moratorium Executive Order

International & National Security Law Practice Group Teleforum Tuesday, February 28, 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

On January 21, President Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.” The order suspended immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the country by citizens of seven majority Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. It also suspended refugee admission into the United States for 120 days, and barred entry of Syrian refugees until further notice. The stated order’s purpose was to “ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles.”

The Washington State Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the order in District Court citing harm to Seattle residents. Judge James Robart in the Western District of Washington issued a restraining order on February 3 halting President Trump’s executive order nationwide. The Department of Justice appealed the restraining order to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which rejected the Justice Department’s appeal for an emergency stay.

Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review and David Bier of CATO, who have both written on the topic, will join activist Shireen Qudosi, Director of Muslim Matters with America Matters, to discuss the legality of the executive order.


  • Andrew C. McCarthy, Senior Fellow, National Review Institute
  • David J. Bier, Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity 
  • Shireen Qudosi, Director of Muslim Matters, America Matters 

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