The Week That Will Be

The Week That Will Be

By Cody M. Poplin
Monday, April 11, 2016, 12:56 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Monday, April 11th at 1 pm: The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Brad R. Carson for a discussion on the Future of Personnel Policy at DoD. Todd Harrison will moderate. RSVP.

Wednesday, April 13th 2 pm: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a hear in Countering Extremism and the Threat of ISIS in Southeast Asia. W. Patrick Murphy, Marie Richards, and Gloria Steele will provide testimony. For more information, see the committee's website.

Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30 pm: The New America Foundation will host a historic debate between the candidates for the next U.N. Secretary-General. For a list of speakers or to register to attend, visit the New America event announcement.

Thursday, April 14th at 9 am: The Atlantic Council will host a special public conference on Defending Europe's Eastern Flank at the Hart Senate Office Building. Panelists will include General James L. Jones, James J. Townsend, Jr., H.E. Juozas Olekas, Timo S. Koster, and former Representative Ellen Tauscher. Register to attend here.

Friday, April 15th at 8:45 am: The Center for New American Security, together with the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law, will host a public conference on U.S. Sanctions and National Security, featuring an overview of administration policy on sanctions and a discussion of their efficacy since 9/11. The event coincides with the release of a CNAS report on the same subject. For a list of the panelists and other event information, see the CNAS event announcement.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Cyber Fellow

The Center for Global Legal Challenges is now accepting applications for a cyber fellow.

Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges

The Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges is an independent Center that bridges the divide between the legal academy and legal practice on global legal issues. It provides a forum where academic experts and students regularly interact with public and private sector actors responsible for addressing global legal challenges. By bringing these communities together, the Center aims to inject new ideas into legal policy debates and grow a new generation of lawyers with a sense of their capacity and responsibility to use international law, foreign affairs law, and national security law to address real challenges facing the nation.

Cyber Initiative

The Center has received a 2-year grant from the Hewlett Foundation to pursue a cross- disciplinary project in a nascent research and policy area that we have dubbed cyber conflict. In a collaboration between Yale Law School and Yale University’s Department of Computer Science, we plan to investigate the legal and technical aspects of cyber conflict, both domestic and international, and to help develop a network of experts in this emerging field.

The project is informed by the belief that the field of cyber security in general and the emerging subfield of cyber conflict in particular are plagued by the failure of experts to talk across disciplinary divides: Lawyers do not know what technologies are available to address cyber threats and so are often oblivious to technical problems and solutions. Cyber security technologists are often indifferent to the social or political context in which cyber attacks take place and ignorant of the legal regimes that apply. This program aims to bridge the divide. It offers a fellow a unique opportunity to pioneer a collaborative cross-disciplinary program on cyber.

We are seeking a fellow, to be located in the law school, to assist with this innovative program.

Cyber Fellow Position

The fellow will be a co-collaborator in the innovative cyber-conflict program. The fellow will spend two years in residence at Yale Law School collaborating in the cyber program, pursuing their own scholarly agenda, and participating in the Law School’s intellectual life. Duties include:

  • Assisting in the design of a cutting edge course aimed at addressing the fundamental disconnect between the state of the law and the state of technology. The cyber-fellow will be an intellectual collaborator with two law school faculty and a faculty member at the computer sciences department in designing a cross- disciplinary course on cyber-conflict.

  • Assisting in designing 2-3 conferences—at least one in New Haven and one in DC—on cyber-conflict, bringing together those in the private sector, government actors, and academics to address cyber-conflict.

  • Inviting speakers to Yale Law School to discuss issues relating to cyber. The fellow will have significant capacity to shape the speaker program and an opportunity to spend time with each of the invited speakers.

  • The fellow will be invited to spend roughly half their time on their own research projects. The fellow should aim to produce publishable papers that address novel cyber issues. The fellow will have the opportunity to audit courses at the Law School and University, to augment technical and other skills.

  • The fellow will be invited to participate in other Center for Global Legal Challenges events and may assist in organizing other events for the Center.

    This position starts on July 1st, 2016 (specific date is negotiable), and will be for two years. Fellows will receive a stipend of around $60,000, plus health and retirement benefits and access to university facilities. You can view University benefits at:


The Center will begin reviewing applications for all positions on April 15, 2016, and will continue thereafter until the position is filled. Application materials should include:

  • A two to three page statement describing the applicant’s interest in the position and relevant experience;

  • A copy of the applicant’s resume or CV;

  • Transcripts from undergraduate and any relevant professional school; and

  • Copies of any publications or a writing sample

  • One-to-five page description of a scholarly research agenda for the fellowship period.

  • Contact information for three references. 2

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Further information about the Center for Global Legal Challenges is available at Contact Annie Cooper with any questions, at (203) 432-4830 or Application materials should be sent (in electronic form) to

Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

About the Office:

The National Security Division's (NSD) Office of Law and Policy, United States Department of Justice, seeks interns for positions located in Washington, D.C. The mission of NSD is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection. The Office of Law and Policy is responsible for, among other things, resolving novel and complex legal issues relating to national security that arise from the work of the Division and other parts of the Department; providing advice and guidance to Department leadership, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on matters of national security law and policy; overseeing the development of legislation, guidelines, and other policies in the area of national security; working with foreign governments on a variety of national security issues; and handling appeals that arise in national security cases. The Office works with a variety of other Department components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Legal Policy, as well as other departments and agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State.

Job Description:

Intern projects include: researching legal questions, drafting memoranda or other legal and policy analysis, factual research, and assisting with presentations and supporting materials.


Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at the time of application and throughout their internship. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior interest or experience in the area of national security would be useful, but is not required. By the time of the internship, all applicants must have taken one or more of the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, or Constitutional Law. Additional courses addressing criminal law and litigation or national security or intelligence law, would also be helpful.


Internships are unpaid. If your school offers interns academic or work study, we will work with you to meet school requirements whenever possible.

Application Process:

Cover letter, resume with two references, transcript (official or unofficial), and a writing sample (not to exceed ten pages). Please submit these materials AS ONE PDF via email to

The subject line should read: “[Last name] Intern Application”. Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.

National Security Division

Washington, DC 20530

ATTN: Intern Program Coordinator (Office of Law and Policy)

Application Deadline:

Fall 2016 - April 15, 2016

Please send all applications to the email address

Number of Positions: 2