Recent News - Homeland and National Security Law

January 24, 2014

Professor McDaniel Elected to State Bar Military and Veterans Law Section Council

At the January 24, 2014 meeting of the Military and Veterans Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Professor Michael McDaniel was elected to a four year term on the Council. The Military and Veterans Law Section is dedicated to education and service: to educate the public on needs of military members and veterans, to educate members of the Bar on the legal issues confronting military members and veterans, and to serve veterans through legal representation and pro bono opportunities.

Some of the many pro bono opportunities include: (a) training sessions on legal issues related to current and former members of the military; (b) training on legal issues related to current and former members of the military, so that they work towards being "military friendly" firms; (c) work on important legislation to protect our servicemen and women; (d) publish articles on legal issues related to current and former members of the military to do pro bono work on behalf of current and past military members; and (e) be involved with creating and maintaining Veteran's Treatment Courts throughout the state.

Membership is available to attorneys and law students, with all members eligible to vote and hold leadership positions.

January 8, 2014

Homeland Security LLM Director Appointed to Lead Independent Review

On January 8, 2014, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero appointed Cooley Professor Michael McDaniel to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the performance of the public-owned utility, the Lansing Board of Water and Light (LBWL). The outside investigation is prompted by public criticism of the LBWL response to the widespread and lengthy power outages caused by the devastating ice storm of December 21-22, 2013. Some LBWL customers lacked power for up to 12 days.

Professor McDaniel’s investigation will be independent of both the City of Lansing and the LBWL.

Professor McDaniel appointed his Community Review Team(CRT) members and they  held their first meeting to discuss the process forward on January 23, 2014.

The mission of the Community Review Team is to conduct an independent, objective and transparent review of the LBWL's planning, preparation, response and recovery prior to, during and after this devastating storm event. Their goal is to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of LBWL's performance in order to enhance the LBWL's capacity to respond more effectively to their customer's needs and to recover more quickly during future storm events.

Under the Lansing City Charter, the LBWL is governed, administered and operated as a separate, independent agency, not as part of Lansing's city government. However, Article 2 Section 5201 of the Charter provides that the LBWL "shall be responsible to the Mayor and the City Council for the provision of these services in a manner consistent with the best practices."

McDaniel’s independent review, therefore, will be directed toward developing a series of findings and specific recommendations for ensuring that theL BWL meets or exceeds utility industry best practices in the planning, preparation, response and recovery from any future large scale power outages.

January 2014

Homeland Security LLM Welcomes New Professors and Courses

The Homeland and National Security Law LLM program at Thomas M. Cooley introduced two new courses and one new Adjunct Professor this term.
Professor Andrew Arenas, Director of the Detroit Crime Commission, retired Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Office and former Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Unit, is teaching Intelligence Law and Privacy. The course is being offered as a synchronous online course. Professor Arenas notes that with the issues currently surrounding the National Security Administration that there is no shortage of discussion amongst the students.

The Homeland and National Security Law LLM program welcomes Adjunct Professor Michael Leffler, new this term, who is teaching Emergency Management Law in Lansing. Professor Leffler was an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Michigan for 36 years, holding senior leadership positions since 1984. Those positions include serving as Special Counsel and Principal Legal Adviser to the Attorney General and Chief Assistant Attorney General and as Principal Adviser on homeland security and emergency management issues for the Department and as legal adviser to Department of State Police on all Homeland Security/Emergency Management issues.
The course on Emergency Management Law focuses on an analysis of past disasters and their impacts on law and policy formation leading up to the current FEMA all-hazards approach. Using a case study approach students apply the legal and policy issues of previous disasters and events to potential future events.

November 13, 2013

Lead FBI Investigator Speaks to Cooley National Security Law Class

July 17, 2013

Scholars Discuss the Use of Drones in Michigan

On July 1, 2013, Cooley Law School hosted a panel of scholars for a Q & A discussion of the use of drones in the state of Michigan. This panel was moderated by Cooley professor BG (ret) Michael McDaniel. The panel consisted of: Michigan State House of Representative Tom McMillin of the 45th District, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan spokesperson Shelli Weisberg, Director of the Michigan Chief of Police Association Robert Stevenson and Professor Charles Palmer of Cooley Law School. These panelists discussed and debated the merits of HB 4455, a bill that would restrict the usage of drones by law enforcement personnel in the state of Michigan. This bill was written and introduced to the Michigan Legislature on March 14, 2013 and has sense been referred to the Criminal Justice committee.

Prof. McDaniel asked guided questions of the panelists which prompted significant debate between the four of them. Such issues that were discussed were warrant requirements, types of sensors used by the drones, feasibility of departments to afford the drones and what kind of bearing the current case law and statutes have on drones. At the end of the moderator period, students were then allowed to ask questions of the panelists, which went on for approximately thirty minutes. By the end of the symposium, all panelists agreed that the information discussed would help influence some change on the currently drafted piece of legislation.

April 19, 2013

Cooley Professor, Brig. General, and Homeland Defense Expert Describes How Boston Terrorism Suspects Will Redefine U.S. Security

March 6, 2013

Cooley To Offer Master Of Laws In Homeland And National Security Law


Michael McDaniel, BG (start at 6:50). Comments delivered at the 5th Annual Homeland Defense Consortium, November 18, 2010.

Members include the Heritage Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Homeland Security and Policy Institute , George Washington University. More than 200 Homeland Defense and Security stakeholders from the United States, Europe and other countries, many of whom were senior leaders and well known subject matter experts attended the event.

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