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Matthew Kahn, Vanessa Sauter
Monday, August 28, 2017, 2:19 PM

Calls for Papers

National Security Law – New Voices In National Security Scholarship Works In Progress

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Calls for Papers

National Security Law – New Voices In National Security Scholarship Works In Progress

Presented by: The AALS Section on National Security Law

The AALS Section on National Security Law invites abstracts for a junior faculty works in progress program at the January 2018 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 2018. 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 August 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. E.S.T. to Professor Dakota Rudesill, at

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Associate from Practice Georgetown Law Institute for Constitutional Accountability and Protection (ICAP)

The ICAP Associate from Practice supports the institute’s work to pursue impact litigation in defense of constitutional rights and values, and to involve Georgetown Law students in such efforts. S/he draws on legal research provided by students enrolled in the practicum offered by the institute, research assistants, and institute fellows to assist in crafting constitutional impact litigation strategy in close coordination with the institute’s senior litigator from practice and executive director. The ICAP associate, drawing on extensive previous legal writing experience, carefully drafts, revises and edits portions of briefing materials to be filed in court pertaining to those cases and assists in mooting the oral advocates arguing the cases; and supports ICAP's leadership in overseeing a practicum seminar designed to involve Georgetown Law students in understanding the nature of constitutional impact litigation and in contributing to ICAP's work. Reporting to both ICAP's executive director and visiting professor and senior litigator from practice and visiting professor of law, the ICAP associate from practice has duties that include but are not limited to:


  • Oversees and provides feedback on legal research to determine appropriate ICAP involvement in constitutional litigation likely to have an impact at programmatic or policy level.

  • Oversees and provides feedback on legal research to inform ICAP participation in constitutional impact litigation, including in support of written briefing materials and oral argument.

Case Work

Develops litigation strategies for pursuing ICAP litigation. Drafts briefing materials in connection with ICAP litigation. Revises, edits and provides feedback on briefing materials in connection with ICAP litigation. Moots oral advocates preparing to argue in connection with ICAP litigation.

Academic Support

  • Supports ICAP leadership in offering a practicum seminar involving students in ICAP litigation.

  • Provides mentorship, feedback and guidance to practicum students.

  • Refines legal writing generated by the practicum and incorporating it into briefing associated with ICAP litigation.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a juris doctorate degree

  • At least six years of experience in legal work after law school

  • Preference for experience as a federal court clerk—ideally to include at the district court level

Administrative Assistant Georgetown Law Institute for Constitutional Accountability and Protection (ICAP)

The Administrative Assistant serves as the office manager for the Institute and all of its activities, working closely with the Executive Director, Senior Litigators from Practice, Associates from Practice, and Institute Fellows to ensure timely support to ICAP's litigation efforts. S/he coordinates with the Law Center to ensure that the Institute’s basic infrastructure is functioning and fully stocked, and assists with the formatting of written materials. Reporting to ICAP's Executive Director and Visiting Professor of Law, the Administrative Assistant has duties that include but are not limited to:

Office Management

  • Serves as a key liaison between the Institute and the broader Law Center and University community, including with respect to arrangements for ICAP's practicum seminar, conference preparation and logistics, and public messaging, including website maintenance.

  • Ensures functioning of ICAP basic infrastructure, including communications technologies.

  • Ensures fully stocked office.

Formatting of Written Materials

  • Finalizes the formatting of litigation materials.

  • Finalizes the formatting of public reports and white papers.

  • Finalizes the formatting of conference materials.

Fundraising Support

  • Tracks ICAP's fundraising and supports ICAP's leadership in providing periodic updates to its supporters.

  • Tracks fundraising events and outreach.

  • Tracks pledges and contributions.


  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint

  • Sensitivity to confidential materials

  • Experience in a legal setting, whether at a law firm, a legal advocacy organization, or a law school preferred

National Security Policy Senior Fellow

The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington and with regional offices around the country, seeks an energetic, experienced intelligence and national security policy senior fellow to provide high-level planning and execution of multiple projects. This position will report to the director of national security and justice policy.

Candidates must have a record of work related to national security, digital privacy and intelligence issues, including hands-on experience in or closely adjacent to the intelligence community. We are a relatively young think tank experiencing rapid growth in both personnel and scholarly output. This role will serve an important function in helping to lead the organization’s work in the national security field. The selected candidate will be given freedom to pursue research within the national security and intelligence fields and will play a key role in directing R Street’s ongoing work and strategy in these areas.


  • The primary role of this position is to bridge the gap between the intelligence community and civil-society organizations, particularly those focused on civil liberties

  • This position is writing-intensive, with an emphasis on original scholarly research. In addition, this person will make regular contributions to the popular press, including op-eds and media interviews.

  • Applicants must also demonstrate an ability and willingness to engage personally and educate policymakers at multiple levels of government, including state legislators, congressional staff, members of Congress and federal agencies, possibly speaking and/or testifying before government agencies and legislative bodies.

  • This position also requires a detail-oriented applicant who can manage administrative tasks, including tracking, monitoring and reporting on work

  • We expect the successful candidate to contribute regularly to the website Lawfare.


  • Experience in the intelligence community or an entity directly adjacent to it, such as a relevant committee in Congress. Applicants with direct IC experience are preferred.

  • While an active top secret or higher clearance is not a requirement, some experience handling classified information is.

  • A bachelor’s degree is required. A graduate-level degree in a job-relevant field is strongly preferred.

This is a full-time job based in Washington that requires a daily presence in our office. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); a wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until the position has been filled. Candidates in whom we are interested will be contacted for telephone interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our Washington office in late July or early August. Please be advised that the schedule is subject to change. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven’t heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF, along with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email with the subject line “National Security Policy Senior Fellow Application.” We are sensitive to the fact that intelligence work may make some qualifications difficult to describe on paper. An intelligence/national security credential letter may be submitted in lieu of a resume, so long as relevant job experience and education is addressed. The email address for applications is

Markle Director for Policy (Rework America Task Force)


A defining challenge of our time is ensuring that all Americans are included in the benefits of the digital economy as automation and technology transform the workforce in unprecedented fashion. After more than a decade of work in health and national security, the Markle Foundation created Skillful, an initiative with LinkedIn, the state of Colorado and others to create a skills-based labor market. Launched in 2016, Skillful is centered on the skills job seekers have, not the degrees. Skillful is enabling Americans, including the nearly seven out of 10 American adults who do not have a college degree, to learn the skills needed for today’s rapidly changing jobs. To learn more see

Building on Skillful’s progress, Markle’s Rework America Task Force will be a national-level, non-partisan and multi-stakeholder effort to drive clear policy objectives and initiatives to support a skills-based labor market. It will serve as an incubator for fresh ideas, new collaborations, shovel-ready proposals and proliferation of best practices including leveraging data to bring transparency to the labor market. Ideas from the task force will be offered to help inform the actions of federal and state policymakers, employers, technology providers and other influential labor market players. We intend for the Task Force to engage in and support the much-needed broad-based, long-term national conversation about how the technological revolution can serve all Americans in the new economy.

Job Summary and Responsibilities

The Director for Policy will be responsible for providing the Rework America Task Force chair, Task Force members and associated Working Groups with substantive guidance and policy advice surrounding U.S. labor market trends, related impacts of automation and technological advancements, workforce management, worker education and upskilling, and employer matching with needed skilled labor. The incumbent will drive deliverables from the Task Force that will support the Task Force mission of enabling all Americans continued access to the American Dream. The principal responsibilities include:

  • Participate in developing the substantive underpinnings for Task Force objectives. Prepare materials, engage experts, supervise work product development and deliverables.

  • Provide advice and assistance to the RATF Chair, in the form of written products, research, articles for publication and RATF meeting materials, as directed.

  • Provide policy expertise and substantive direction to RATF Working Groups, guiding their outputs consistent with the goals of the RATF generally and the RATF Chair, specifically.

  • Conduct outreach to experts, policymakers, and other relevant actors to inform RATF objectives and outcomes.

  • Support preparation for the Task Force meetings and those of its associated Advisory Board.

  • Collaborate with Task Force staff and contractors as necessary to ensure appropriate subject matter expertise is available to Task Force members and Working Groups.

  • Support the development of materials and deliverables for multiple convenings both in person and virtually in terms of timeliness milestones, interdependencies and other elements.

  • Identify opportunities for the Task Force to engage in the national debate surrounding the future of work and ways to incentivize change in the U.S. labor market.

Required Competencies

  • Substantive knowledge of workforce, labor market and related national-level policy issues

  • Possesses strong organization skills, with ability to multitask and manage several work streams, partners / vendors, and projects at any one time

  • Writing: Demonstrated ability to write clearly and concisely for a variety of audiences.

  • Active learner: Positive attitude with an openness and willingness to learn. Demonstrates ability to receive and apply feedback and continues to improve.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills: Emanates a collaborative demeanor that builds rapport and establishes credibility with partners. Applies critical interpersonal and judgment skills to affect outcomes. Has complete comfort and confidence in offering helpful advice and counsel to colleagues at all levels. Is a team player.

  • Communication skills: Demonstrated ability to clearly convey summary data from multiple sources as a set of findings. Comfortable speaking in public settings.

Preferred Competencies:

  • General professional experience: 10-20 years of working experience

  • Experience in leading multi-sector collaborative processes including development of specific, actionable recommendations, such as policy proposal, pilot projects, impact assessments, etc.

  • Displays an intellectual curiosity and passion for the mission at hand.

  • Analytics experience: Ability to summarize detailed data, identify trends, and draw insights from the data. Able to make recommendations based on conclusions.

  • Demonstrated ability to thrive and lead in a small, analytically rigorous organization that values direct, honest, and respectful transfer of ideas.

  • Entrepreneurial mindset: Possesses a natural instinct to seek out the next challenge and think outside constraints and get things done. Operates with a clear sense of purpose while being comfortable with ambiguity and change.

Job Details

  • Location: New York, NY or Washington, D.C.

  • Title: Director

  • Report: Senior Principal

  • Status: Full-time

  • Salary: Competitive

  • Travel: Moderate

  • Degree or credential Requirements: None.

  • Markle is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations and marital status.

  • Applying: Please submit cover letter and resume to:


The Rework America Task Force and Skillful are projects of the Markle Foundation (, whose mission is to identify intractable problems, invest seed capital to incubate and test solutions, harness the power of technology and innovation, and build strategic partnerships to achieve scale and generate broad social impact. While Markle’s work has evolved through the years, its mission to meet the needs of the American people has endured. Currently, Markle is engaged in a nationwide initiative aimed at driving innovations that expand opportunities for employment and broaden ways for all Americans to learn and train for the work of the future.

Matthew Kahn is a third-year law student at Harvard Law School and a contributor at Lawfare. Prior to law school, he worked for two years as an associate editor of Lawfare and as a junior researcher at the Brookings Institution. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2017.
Vanessa Sauter is a program associate in the Cybersecurity & Technology Program at the Aspen Institute. She was previously an associate editor at Lawfare and received her bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 2016.

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