611AB.01 Readings in National Security

This course is a one-credit, pass-fail seminar that will meet at least six times over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year. The seminar will introduce some of the issues confronting young lawyers as they try to navigate today's national security environment either as an attorney practicing in government, as a member of a law firm, or as a counsel for a corporation or non-governmental organization. We will consider, for example, how the existing rules of professional conduct may apply in the national security law setting, as well as examine specific cases of problematic behavior by lawyers. We will also address the practical issues of dealing with clients in very high-stress situations, as well as the "work-life" balance in this area of practice. Readings will include various case studies, law journal articles, and other relevant material. A film will also be part of the curriculum. The instructor may augment his own experience with guest discussants. Students are required to read two books for discussion, Paul Scharre’s Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War, and the novel, Allegiance by Kermit Roosevelt.  In addition, the short book, The American Military: A Concise History, is required for background.  Although only six meetings are anticipated, students are asked to reserve the following seven dates so that the seminar will have flexibility: Sept 8, Oct 23, Oct 27, and Nov 17, 2019, and Jan 12, Jan 26, and Feb 2, 2020.  Meetings will be on Sunday afternoons, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., usually in Maj Gen Dunlap’s home (about ten minutes from the Law school), with Mrs. Dunlap being the hostess. Refreshments and a light buffet be served.

Special Notes:

*Year-Long Course

Fall 2019

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.611A.01.F19
Email list: LAW.611A.01.F19 @sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Requirements - Public Interest