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The Week That Will Be

Rishabh Bhandari
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 12:22 PM

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Wednesday, July 6th at 1:00 pm: The Stimson Center will host a panel on Drone Data and Transparency: Putting New Drone Casualty Data into Perspective to discuss the data the White House released on July 1. Speakers will include Scott Shane of the New York Times, the ACLU’s Hina Shamshi, and Rachel Stohl, a senior associate at Stimson. RSVP.

Wednesday, July 6th at 1:00 pm: The Atlantic Council’s Alina Polyakova will moderate a panel to celebrate a Report Launch: Frozen Conflicts: A Toolkit for U.S. Policymakers and to offer ideas for how the U.S. should deal with a resurgent Russia. Register to attend here.

Wednesday, July 6th at 5:00 pm: The Customs and International Trade Bar Association will discuss Understanding ‘China 2016,’ a legal and economic analysis of the questions surrounding China’s accession to the World Trade Organization and the policy options for U.S. going forward surrounding concerns about improper trade practices including cyberespionage. Further details can be found here.

Thursday, July 7th at 8:30 am: The Heritage Foundation will sponsor an event for Congressman Mac Thornberry and Dr. James Jay Carafano to discuss how Rebuilding the U.S. Military Starts with FY 2017 NDAA. The keynote and discussion comes as the NDAA enters conference. The event will be live-streamed here.

Thursday, July 7th at 3:00 pm: TechFreedom will collaborate with the Heritage Foundation to organize an Internet Governance Transition Panel. Senator Ted Cruz will preface the discussion with a keynote. More information can be found here.

Friday, July 8th at 1 pm: The New America Foundation interviews Patrick J. Murphy, the U.S. Under Secretary of the Army to discuss The Future of The Army. Peter Bergen will moderate the event, which will focus on the reforms Murphy is attempting to implement in hopes of streamlining the organization. RSVP.

Calls for Papers

Junior Faculty Works in Progress, AALS Section on National Security Law

The American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on National Security Law invites abstracts for a junior faculty works in progress program at the January 2017 Annual Meeting. Papers may concern any matter related to national security law. Papers must be still in progress (for example, papers may be accepted for publication, but with revisions still underway) as of the time of the Annual Meeting in January 2017 in San Francisco, CA. Abstracts must be no longer than 1,000 words. Submissions can be accepted only from those affiliated with AALS member institutions. “Junior faculty” includes faculty who have been in a teaching position full-time for seven years or less as of the submission deadline. Submit your abstract by Friday, August 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. E.S.T. to Professor Dakota S. Rudesill, Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University,, and to Professor Rachel VanLandingham, Southwestern Law School,

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Legal Advisor

United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Announcement Number: 16-FISC-01

Position Title: LEGAL ADVISOR

Grade/Salary Range: JSP-15/16 ($128,082 – $170,400) (Depending upon qualifications and experience)

Position Location: Washington, DC

Open Date: May 25, 2016

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

How to Apply: To be considered for this excepted service, “at will” position, applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume detailing all relevant education, experience, and skills

  • Writing sample, not to exceed ten pages

Applications may be e-mailed to:

Only applicants selected for an interview will be notified. Travel and relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court employs six Legal Advisors to assist the Judges of the Court in considering applications presented by the U.S. government for authority to conduct electronic surveillance, physical search or other forms of intelligence gathering pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Legal Advisors also advise Judges on legal issues presented in applications or that are otherwise before the Court.


The Court invites applications from attorneys with at least four years of legal work experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the JSP-14 level. The Court is particularly interested in individuals who have an expertise in national security law, constitutional law, privacy, or communications technology and the law. Experience in litigation is also preferred. To be considered, an applicant must be a licensed attorney, a member in good standing of the bar of at least one jurisdiction, and possess a current security clearance, preferably Top Secret/SCI.


Full-time employees are eligible for a full range of benefits to include 13-26 days of annual leave, based on years of service, 13 days of sick leave, and a minimum of 10 paid holidays per annum; retirement; Thrift Savings Plan; Federal Employees Health Benefits; Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program; Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance; flexible benefits; long-term care insurance; public transportation vouchers (SmartBenefits); and an onsite physical fitness facility.


United States citizenship is required.

Employees are required to use Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

Rishabh Bhandari graduated from Yale College with degrees in History and Global Affairs. His senior thesis focused on the decision making of the Nixon administration in response to the 1971 Bengali Genocide. He is pursuing a doctorate in international relations at Oxford University.

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