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Joe Whitley to Chair 10th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute


(Washington, D.C. / August 19, 2015) The 10th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute (HSLI), presented by the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, is taking place on August 27-28.  Joe D. Whitley, a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Washington, D.C. and Atlanta offices, is the founder and chair of HSLI. This year's HSLI will examine the state of security from infrastructure to exports, immigration to chemical safety and the roles of the Department of Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, the Military, FEMA, the National Protection and Programs Directorate, the NSA, the FBI, the CIA and the legal profession in keeping the country secure. To view this year's brochure, click here.

HSLI, which this year will feature 21 panels taught by more than 100 experts in national security policy and the fight against terrorism, is designed for lawyers who want practical ideas and are seeking to connect with key leadership in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This is the only program of its kind developed for lawyers and others interested in the legal issues surrounding topics like cybersecurity and drone usage. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to network with representatives from government agencies, the military, private practice and academia. 

"This program provides the Homeland Security attorney with practical information geared toward generating fees in a variety of different disciplines, which include administrative, civil and criminal initiatives being undertaken by DHS and other federal agencies," said Mr. Whitley. "Virtually every area of DHS practice is touched upon. There is plenty of invaluable information ‎for the general practitioner to the specialist." 

As well as chairing the HSLI, Mr. Whitley will participate on a panel discussing the "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA): Doing Business Internationally" (Breakout Session V, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m., Friday, August 28). 

Ernie Abbott, former general counsel of FEMA and Baker Donelson Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery practice leader, will moderate "National Response and Recovery Framework: Legal Considerations in Emergency Management" (Breakout Session IV, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Friday, August 28).

Mr. Whitley, who chairs Baker Donelson's Government Enforcement and Investigations Group, represents clients nationally and internationally in white-collar criminal matters and regulatory enforcement, corporate internal investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.S. export controls and compliance. 

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Whitley had a wide-ranging career in the Department of Justice. Mr. Whitley also served under five U.S. Attorneys General and four Presidents in a number of key operational and policy positions, including his appointment in 2003 by President George W. Bush as the first General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the highest-ranking legal official in DHS. Mr. Whitley continues to have a Homeland Security practice and he has chaired the ABA's Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Homeland Security Law Institute for the last nine years. 

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