Through Brandon Pugh’s educational opportunities at Rutgers Law School’s Camden location, he’s preparing to pursue a career in national security law.
Pugh, a 3L from Moorestown, attended the American Bar Association’s conference, the 27th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law held in Washington, D.C. The conference, hosted by the ABA's Standing Committee on Law and National Security, gave Pugh an opportunity to learn more about recent developments in cyber, privacy, and intelligence law from security experts from the military, U.S. government, law, and education.
At Rutgers Law, he has taken the Foreign Relations and National Security Law and Cyber Warfare Law courses and is currently taking the International Criminal Law class.
“The national security law field is constantly evolving so it is crucial to stay current on the law,” says Pugh. “The topics discussed at the conference are extremely fascinating and I knew I would learn a lot, which ranges from artificial intelligence to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”
Pugh had the chance to meet national security lawyers from law firms; Rachel Brand, the Justice Department’s associate attorney general; and James E. Baker, the retired chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security.
In Pugh’s first year at Rutgers Law, he founded the school’s National Security Law Association, which provides information to students interested in the national security field, and brings national security experts to campus to speak to the group, including Caroline Krass, the general counsel of the CIA; scholars; and military leaders.