Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Conferences and Past Events

United States v. Brown in the Army Court of Criminal Appeals

Thursday, January 25, 2018
1-3 PM
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street, Room 1403

An essential component of national security is a well-disciplined military. To provide insights into the military justice process, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals held an a actual hearing in the case of United States v. Brown. The Courts' Opinion, based on the arguments presented at Loyola, is here

Cyber Warfare: The Law and the Lawyer

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
12 - 1 PM
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street, Room 1403

Brigadier General Joseph B. Berger, Commander, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency and former Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Cyber Command, discussed the law regulating cyber operations that protect our nation's infrastructure and support global military operations. He will also address the role of military lawyers advising cyber units.

“Can We Prevent Another Charlottesville?” The Constitution and Domestic Violent Extremism

Thursday, September 28, 2017
12 - 1 PM
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street, Room 1403

Events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have once again brought the threats posed by domestic extremist groups to the nation's attention. These threats are not new. From the KKK and neo-Nazis to various self-declared "militia" groups and "sovereign citizens," law enforcement has been aware of such domestic threats for decades. Professor Joe Ferguson moderated a panel discussion of current efforts to counter these threats and the constitutional issues that arise when doing so.

North Korea and Self-Defense: Can America Legally Strike First

Thursday, August 24, 2017
12 - 1 PM
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street, Room 1403

Professor John Dehn lectured on the history of the Korean Conflict, North Korea, nuclear weapons, and the (international and domestic) law applicable to any potential preemptive attack by the United States.

United States Of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists

Wednesday, March 16
12 - 1 PM
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street, Room 1403 

Peter Bergen is a journalist, documentary producer, director, and New York Times best-selling author.  His book Manhunt, about the pursuit and killing of Osama bin Laden, is now an HBO documentary. Bergen will discuss his new book, United States of Jihad, which provides a riveting panoramic look at "homegrown" Islamic terrorism from 9/11 to present

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The New Law of War Manual: Accurate? Authoritative? Influential?

Friday, February 12, 2016
9 AM - 5:30 PM

In June 2015, the US Department of Defense issued a new law of war manual. This is the first comprehensive US government publication on the topic in decades. As an authoritative statement of international law issued by the agency controlling the world’s most powerful military, the manual may significantly impact US civilian policy-makers, military leaders and their lawyers, as well as US courts, national leaders, and militaries around the world. 
Please join us as practitioners, scholars, and legal experts familiar with the manual, debate and discuss the manual’s strengths, weaknesses, and potential effects within and the US military and beyond.

This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 5.25 hours of General MCLE credit.

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National Security Law Career Panel*
Wednesday, October 15

4-6 pm, 13th Floor Faculty Lounge and atrium   


W. Renn Gade—Director of National Intelligence, Office of the General Counsel

Michael Masters—Executive Director, Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Ryan Vogel—Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent; former Pentagon as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense

Tom Durkin—Chicago defense attorney and codirector of Loyola’s National Security & Civil Rights Program

Mary O’Malley—Department of Justice Analyst

*Cosponsored by the National Security Law Association and Office of Career Services

Military Commissions and the Al-Nashiri Case
Richard Kammen, Kammen and Moody
Tuesday, October 28

4-6 pm, Room 321

Richard Kammen is lead counsel for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the attack on the U.S. naval vessel USS Cole on October 2000 while it was refueling at the Port of Aden in Yemen.  Kammen will discuss his client's case and the challenges of military commissions practice at Guantanamo.  He may also discuss the challenges of representing a client who allegedly spent several years in secret CIA interrogation and was allegedly subjected to "enhanced interrogation" that some have called torture.
This event has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 1.5 hours of General MCLE credit.