Sales Takes Part in Counterterrorism Symposium

Professor Nathan Sales took part in the University of Richmond Law Review's 2009 Allen Chair Symposium on April 2 in Richmond, Virginia. The symposium subject was Detaining Suspected Terrorists: Past, Present, and Future, and it featured presentations by six legal scholars with expertise in the area of national security, and of detention in particular.

Sales spoke on the topic "Detention for the Search of Laptops—Balancing Security and Privacy" and provided commentary for "Lawfare and the Supreme Court," presented by Tung Yin of the University of Iowa College of Law. Other topics discussed by participants were "The Role of the Judiciary and Proposals for Reform" and "Guantánamo Bay and Detainee Rights, Past and Future."

Before coming to George Mason, Sales was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He previously served as Counsel, then Senior Counsel, in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2002, he received the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, the Justice Department's highest honor, for his role in drafting the USA PATRIOT Act.

A March 2009 Allen Chair issue of The University of Richmond Law Review is forthcoming.