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National Security Law Conference 2023 - The Danger Inside the House: Addressing the Threat of Domestic Violent Extremism

National Security Law |  Human Rights
Robert Pape |  Phil Andrew, 6230740 |  Steven Elrod |  Peter Friedman |  Mary B. McCord |  Alexandra Hughes |  Jason Van Tatenhove
8 Hours 30 Minutes
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Live Event
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Chicago-Kent College of Law - Chicago, Illinois



For the last few years, the threat of violent extremism primarily has originated from domestic actors, rather than from abroad. Although the U.S. government has developed highly successful investigatory and prosecutorial strategies to combat internationally-based violent extremism, the domestic threat poses additional challenges because of the constitutional protections afforded to U.S. citizens. This all-day, in-person, seminar explores the evolving domestic violent extremism (DVE) threat and identifies ways in which federal, state, and local governments can work with non-government organizations and the private sector to mitigate the threat.

This conference is in-person ONLY and will not be live-streamed. On-demand video will be available 14-28 days after the conference.

Government Rate:  $150.00 (Please contact for the government discount code.)


Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop
25 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661
Group Code: CH9


Homewood Suites by Hilton West Loop
118 N Jefferson, Chicago, IL 60661

Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop
111 West Adams Street, Next to the Rookery and near LaSalle, Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone:  (312) 214-6400


Robert Pape Related Seminars and Products

Professor of Political Science

University of Chicago

Dr. Robert A. Pape is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and the founder and director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST). Professor Pape is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on strategic air power, terrorism and insurgency, and political violence. He is currently researching public support for political violence in the United States and has presented his findings to the White House, Pentagon, and the German government.

Phil Andrew, 6230740's Profile

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PAX Group, LLC

Phil Andrew is the Principal of PAX Group, LLC, a global crisis and conflict management agency dedicated to building safe, resilient, healthy organizations & communities. PAX GROUP believes that organizational prioritization of physical and emotional safety allows people to thrive. Phil is an adjunct negotiation instructor at De Paul University Graduate School of Business and Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, a Negotiation Expert for the Schranner Negotiation Institute, and serves on the Advisory Board for the National Security & Human Rights Law Center at Kent School of Law. Phil served in the FBI for 21 years as a Special Agent and Crisis Negotiator with expertise in violence prevention, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and behavioral analysis. Phil holds numerous FBI and U. S. Department of Justice awards and serves and continues to serve as an FBI Instructor. Before the FBI, Phil practiced law in Chicago and managed a violence prevention organization. He graduated from DePaul University College of Law and the University of Illinois.

Steven Elrod's Profile

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Managing Partner

Elrod Friedman LLP

Steve Elrod represents private and public sector clients on land use, zoning and real estate matters. He is the co-founding partner of Elrod Friedman LLP and serves as the firm’s Managing Partner.

Steve is a past-president of the Chicago Bar Association, the largest metropolitan bar association in the nation.

He is the Corporation Counsel for the City of Highland Park, and the Village Attorney for the Villages of Deerfield, Glencoe, Lincolnwood and Northbrook. Steve represents owners and developers in a variety of real estate and transactional projects, and is regularly engaged to secure zoning relief, entitlements, incentives and approvals from state and local governments.

This past year, Elrod has been intensely involved in a matter that has been in the international spotlight. As the corporation counsel for the city of Highland Park, IL, Elrod has been advising and consulting the city on a myriad of legal issues resulting from the horrific mass shooting event that took place in the city during the Fourth of July Independence Day parade. Elrod appeared with the city’s Mayor before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and met with United States Attorney General Merrick Garland concerning proposals to ban assault weapons. He is currently defending the city, along with co-counsel Sidley Austin on a Second Amendment challenge to a city ordinance.

His practice focuses on:

  • Public-private partnerships
  • Tax incentive and abatement agreements, including tax increment financing (TIF) and special
  • service area (SSA) financing
  • Annexation, subdivision and development agreements
  • Shopping center, multi-family residential and mixed-use developments
  • Affordable and attainable housing programs

Steve has litigated land use issues, including eminent domain, regulatory taking and inverse condemnation, RLUIPA, the First Amendment and the Second Amendment. He drafted, and successfully defended a federal court challenge to, the City of Highland Park Assault Weapons Ban ordinance.

Steve is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he teaches Land Use and Local Government Law. He is a founding member of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic and serves on its Board of Directors.

Chambers USA 2022 placed Steve in its highest possible ranking level, “Star Individuals,” and included the following observations: Steve is a “preeminent attorney in land use and local government matters… he “is a recognized leader in the area of municipal law”

Peter Friedman's Profile

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General Counsel

Elrod Friedman LLP

Peter Friedman has an accomplished and broad real estate and government law practice, representing both private and public sector clients in all phases of government operations, real estate finance, acquisition, development, zoning and land use matters. He is the co-founder of Elrod Friedman LLP and serves as the firm’s General Counsel.

Peter represents numerous Illinois local and state government agencies, municipalities, and counties on all aspects of government law, real estate, and development. Peter serves as City Attorney for the City of Des Plaines; as Village Attorney for the Villages of Lake Bluff and Winnetka; and as General Counsel to the Waukegan Port District (including the Waukegan Harbor and Marina and the Waukegan National Airport). He is General Counsel to the Chicago Association of Realtors and special outside counsel to the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois. He has represented the state of Illinois and the Illinois Medical District on significant public-private partnerships involving large multiuse developments as well as infrastructure and public transportation projects. He has also handled cyber security and related technology issues.

On real estate and transactional projects in Chicago, throughout Illinois and nationwide, Peter’s private sector clients include property owners, pension funds, tenants, developers, and private equity groups. For these clients, Peter works on a broad range of real estate and transactional projects, including annexation, zoning, and development agreements, TIF and SSA financing, tax incentive and abatement agreements, mixed-use and multi-family developments, and public-private partnerships.

Peter has special knowledge and experience in environmental law as well as internal investigations related to procurement matters, regulatory compliance, employment issues, fraud, corporate governance, and criminal misconduct.

Peter has defended numerous lawsuits challenging local zoning and land use controls. He has handled several local government lawsuits involving civil rights, annexation disputes, contract actions, environmental enforcement, and numerous First Amendment claims. For both public and private sector clients, Peter has argued cases in Federal District and Appellate Courts and at all levels of state court including successfully before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Peter served as co-counsel and ethics officer for the transition team of former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. As part of this representation, he advised the administration on all issues related to Illinois ethics, procurement, personnel, employment, and government law.

Appointed by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Peter serves on the board and as vice-chairman of the Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA) and as Chairman of the CCLBA’s property acquisition committee.

Chambers USA 2022 placed Peter in the highest band in Illinois (Band 1), and included the following observation: Peter “provides wise and sage counsel on a variety of matters” and “is exceptionally knowledgeable, a sophisticated businessman and a master of interpersonal relations.”

Mary B. McCord's Profile

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Executive Director, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, and Visiting Professor of Law

Georgetown University Law Center

Mary McCord is Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. At ICAP, McCord leads a team that brings constitutional impact litigation at all levels of the federal and state courts across a wide variety of areas including First Amendment rights, immigration, criminal justice reform, separation of powers, combating political violence, and protecting democratic processes.

McCord was the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2016 to 2017 and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security from 2014 to 2016.

Previously, McCord was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly 20 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Among other positions, she served as a Deputy Chief in the Appellate Division, overseeing and arguing hundreds of cases in the U.S. and District of Columbia Courts of Appeals, and Chief of the Criminal Division, where she oversaw all criminal prosecutions in federal district court.

McCord is a statutorily designated amicus curiae for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. McCord served as legal counsel to the

U.S. House of Representatives Task Force 1-6 Capitol Security Review appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. McCord also served on the Columbus Police After Action Review Team tasked with evaluating how the Columbus, Ohio, Police Department responded to the 2020 summer protests.

McCord is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and a Nonresident Fellow at the George Washington University Program on Extremism. She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on National Security and the Law, and is on the Editorial Board of Just Security.

McCord has written about domestic terrorism, unlawful militia activity, public safety, and the rule of law for publications including the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Lawfare, and Just Security. She has appeared on NPR, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and other media outlets.

McCord received the Oliver White Hill Courageous Advocate Award from the Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association in 2018, based on her work with ICAP litigating against white supremacist and private militias that attended the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

McCord graduated from Georgetown University Law School and served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Alexandra Hughes Related Seminars and Products

Assistant United States Attorney, District of Columbia

Department of Justice

Alexandra Hughes is an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Alexandra was a trial attorney with the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, where she prosecuted counterterrorism crimes.

Jason Van Tatenhove's Profile

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Former Oath Keepers Spokesman

Colorado Switchblade

Jason Van Tatenhove, raised by artists and computer programmers, gravitated toward Colorado's punk and grunge scenes. His literary hero was Hunter S. Thompson, and when he had a chance to embed with the most infamous militia of our day, he jumped at the opportunity, wanting to write his own Hell’s Angels. He created the Colorado Switchblade, a regional news outlet that includes writing and podcasting. Now a frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, and others, he was a key witness during the televised hearings of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. 


Chicago-Kent College of Law

565 W. Adams St., Chicago, Illinois 60661, United States
(312) 906-5000


Date/Time: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 - 08:00 AM to 08:45 AM (CDT)
Location: Lobby

Date/Time: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 - 08:45 AM to 09:00 AM (CDT)
Speaker(s): John M. Geiringer
Location: Room 704

Date/Time: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 - 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM (CDT)
Speaker(s): Robert Pape
Location: Room 704

Date/Time: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 - 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM (CDT)

Date/Time: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 - 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM (CDT)
Speaker(s): Phil Andrew 6230740
Location: Room 704

Date/Time: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 - 11:15 AM to 11:30 AM (CDT)

Date/Time: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 - 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (CDT)
Speaker(s): Steven Elrod , Peter Friedman
Location: Room 704

Date/Time: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM (CDT)
Location: Morris Hall, 10th Floor

Date/Time: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 - 01:30 PM to 02:30 PM (CDT)
Speaker(s): Mary B. McCord
Location: Room 704

Date/Time: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 - 02:30 PM to 02:45 PM (CDT)

Date/Time: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 - 02:45 PM to 03:45 PM (CDT)
Speaker(s): Alexandra Hughes
Location: Room 704

Date/Time: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 - 03:45 PM to 04:00 PM (CDT)

Date/Time: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 - 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM (CDT)
Speaker(s): Jason Van Tatenhove
Location: Room 704