Emily Campbell serves as Chair of the Committee on National Security and Counter-Terrorism for the Federal Bar Association, Southern District of New York Chapter (previously known as Empire State Chapter) – or as she likes to call it NSCT (pronounced “insect”). Since its founding after 9/11 by Ms. Campbell, NSCT has grown in popularity and is now attended regularly by a core group, which include Homeland Security professionals, law enforcement personnel and government and private sector attorneys.
“I am not an expert in security,” Ms. Campbell explained. “My goal is to be a facilitator in this important public discussion of the legal issues that arise from our security challenges.”
The events are typically held at the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan, although NSCT has co-sponsored some programs with the New York City Bar Association and has held those at the House of the Association in mid-town.
Programs have been diverse – ranging from practical issues, such as port security with high-level personnel from Homeland Security presenting – to more esoteric issues, such as the psychology of terrorism with a forensic psychologist presenting. Recent speakers have included Wilfredo Lopez, General Counsel for the New York City Department of Health, who spoke on Bioterrorism; David Gold, Professor of Economics at the New School, who spoke on The Economics of Terrorism; and Bernard Trainor, Retired General, U.S.M.C., who spoke on the Iraq War: History & Prognosis.