Security vs. Freedom: Contemporary Controversies – Speakers
Judge Michael Mukasey
81st Attorney General of the United States
Judge Michael Mukasey is a lawyer and former judge who served as the 81st Attorney General of the United States. Judge Mukasey was appointed following the resignation of Alberto Gonzales. Judge Mukasey also served for 18 years as a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, six of those years as Chief Judge. He is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably the Learned Hand Medal of the Federal Bar Council. Judge Mukasey was the second Jewish U.S. Attorney General. He is currently a partner at the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton.
Judge Mukasey earned his B.A. from Columbia University in1963. At Yale Law School he received his LL.B. in 1967. Judge Mukasey practiced law for 20 years in New York City, serving for four years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in which he worked with Rudolph Giuliani. In 1976, he joined the New York law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, to which he returned after retirement from the U.S. District Court. Judge Mukasey began teaching at Columbia Law School in the Spring of 1993 and has taught there every spring semester since.
Senator Marco Rubio*
United States Senate
Marco Rubio is the junior United States Senator from Florida, serving since January 2011. Senator Rubio has numerous Senate Committee assignments such as the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Select Committee on Intelligence. Senator Rubio is viewed as a potential 2016 presidential candidate for the Republican Party.
Senator Rubio is a Cuban American native of Miami, Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and the University of Miami School of Law. In the late 1990s, he served as a City Commissioner for West Miami and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, representing the 111th House district. He was elected Speaker in November 2006 and served from 2007 – 2009.
*Via Video Greeting
Congressman Ted Yoho, DVM
United States House of Representatives
Congressman Ted Yoho represents North Central Florida’s 3rd Congressional district which includes Alachua, Union, Gilchrist, Bradford, Marion, Clay, Suwannee, Dixie, Lafayette, Columbia, Levy, Madison, and Hamilton Counties. He was elected to the 113th Congress in November 2012. Prior to serving in Congress, Ted owned several successful animal practices and worked as a large animal veterinarian in the community.
In 2010, Ted and Carolyn sold their practices to focus their time and energy on a new passion — Our Nation. Ted believes that more than ever our nation is drifting away from the ability to achieve the American Dream. In order to preserve it we need to get back to our founding principles, core values, and the Constitution. As a freshman Congressman he plans to champion legislation that reflects his values and those of the constituents he represents. Ted’s approach to government is guided by constitutional principles, the idea of small government, fiscal conservatism, personal responsibility and free enterprise.
Judge A. Raymond Randolph
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Judge Randolph was appointed United States Circuit Judge in July 1990 and took senior status on November 1, 2008. He is a graduate of Drexel University (1966) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (summa cum laude 1969). After clerking for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge Randolph served as an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General from 1970 to 1973, and, from 1975 to 1977, as a Deputy Solicitor General. From 1979 to 1980, Judge Randolph was Special Counsel to the Ethics Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has also served as Special Assistant Attorney General for Utah, Montana, and New Mexico. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a partner with the firm of Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz. Judge Randolph has taught courses in civil procedure and injunctions at Georgetown University Law Center and is a Distinguished Professor of Law at George Mason Law School, teaching advanced constitutional law. He served on the U.S. Judicial Conference’s Codes of Conduct Committee as a member (1992-1995) and as chairman (1995- 1998).
Judge Jerry Smith
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Judge Smith was appointed U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit by President Reagan and entered on duty in January 1988. He attended public schools in Lubbock, Texas, and graduated from Yale University, receiving a B.A. in 1969 and a J.D. in 1972.
Judge Smith was a Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Halbert Woodward, Northern District of Texas, 1972-1973; with the Houston law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski as an Associate, 1973-1981, and as Partner, 1981-1984; and as City Attorney, City of Houston, 1984-1988. He was Chairman, Civil Service Commission, City of Houston, 1982-1984; and a Director, Harris County Housing Authority, 1978-1980.
Judge Smith formerly was Chair of the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Evidence of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He assists LexisNexis/Matthew Bender & Co. in periodic revisions of several chapters of Moore’s Federal Practice.
Judge William H. Pryor, Jr.
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Judge William “Bill” Pryor, Jr. is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and a Commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission. Previously, he was the Attorney General of the State of Alabama from 1997 to 2004.
Judge Pryor earned his B.A. from Northeast Louisiana University in 1984 (now University of Louisiana, Monroe) and his J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 1987, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review.
Judge Pryor served as a law clerk to Judge John Minor Wisdom of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1987 to 1988. He then worked as a private attorney from 1988–1995, serving as adjunct professor of maritime law at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University from 1989-1995. Judge Pryor currently teaches federal jurisdiction at the University of Alabama School of Law and statutory interpretation at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.
From 1995-1997, Judge Pryor served as Alabama’s deputy attorney general. He became the state’s Attorney General in 1997. He was, at that time, the youngest state attorney general in the United States. Judge Pryor was nominated to the Eleventh Circuit by President George W. Bush on April 9, 2003. On June 9, 2005, Judge Pryor was confirmed to the Eleventh Circuit and on June 20, 2005, he was sworn in at the age of 43. Pryor was the only judge appointed to the Eleventh Circuit by President George W. Bush.
Chief Justice Ricky Polston
Florida Supreme Court
Chief Justice Ricky L. Polston is the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court and has been a Justice on the Court since taking his appointment by Governor Charlie Crist in 2008. He is a graduate of Florida State University College of Law.
Chief Justice Polston was raised in Graceville, Florida, and graduated from Graceville High School in 1973 as valedictorian. He received an A.A. from Chipola College in 1975, and a B.S., summa cum laude, from Florida State University in 1977. In 1986, he received his J.D. with High Honors from the Florida State University College of Law.
Chief Justice Polston has been a certified public accountant since 1978 and worked as a public accountant from 1977-1984. After becoming an attorney, he was in private practice from 1987-2000. Governor Jeb Bush appointed him a judge of the First District Court of Appeal of Florida in 2001, where he served until his appointment by Governor Charlie Crist to the Florida Supreme Court.
Justice Charles T. Canady
Florida Supreme Court
Justice Charles Canady is a Justice of the Florida Supreme Court having served as Chief Justice from 2010 – 2012. He received his B.A. from Haverford College in 1976 and his J.D. from the Yale Law School in 1979.
Justice Canady practiced law with the firm of Holland and Knight in Lakeland from 1979 through 1982. He practiced with the firm of Lane, Trohn, et al., from 1983 through 1992.
From November 1984 to November 1990, Justice Canady served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, and from January 1993 to January 2001, he served four terms in the United States House of Representatives. Throughout his service in Congress, Justice Canady was a member of the House Judiciary Committee. For three terms, from January 1995 to January 2001, Justice Canady was the Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.
Upon leaving Congress, Justice Canady became General Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush. He was appointed by Governor Bush to the Second District Court of Appeal for a term beginning November 20, 2002. On August 28, 2008, Justice Canady was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Charlie Crist and took office on September 8, 2008.
The Honorable Eileen J. O’Connor
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Ms. O’Connor is a partner in Pillsbury’s Washington, DC office, and leader of the law firm’s federal tax controversy and tax policy group. Ms. O’Connor represents clients in civil and criminal federal tax investigations, and in disputes with other government agencies, and formulates and advises on regulatory and legislative solutions to government disputes. She has presented oral arguments in the United States Supreme Court and in the United States Courts of Appeals.
Ms. O’Connor joined Pillsbury in July 2007 after serving for six years as the Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice. While at the Department of Justice, she was a member of the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force.
As Assistant Attorney General, Ms. O’Connor headed a division of more than 600 people, including 350 attorneys, and was in charge of all United States civil and criminal tax trials and appeals. Significant cases during her tenure involved corporate and individual abusive tax shelters and offshore tax evasion. She created and implemented continuing programs to coordinate parallel civil and criminal investigations and judicial proceedings with the Internal Revenue Service and United States Attorneys Offices throughout the country. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the accomplishment of the Justice Department’s mission, Ms. O’Connor received the Edmund J. Randolph Award for Outstanding Service. And for her contributions to federal tax administration and enforcement, the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and the IRS Chief Counsel awarded her their highest honors.
Ms. O’Connor has been an authority in corporate tax law with the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service. She is also a CPA and, for more than 20 years, was a national tax consultant with top national accounting firms.
Ms. O’Connor has taught in the graduate tax law program of Georgetown University School of Law, and was Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Tax Policy at the George Mason University School of Law, and has long been a frequent speaker at bar conferences and business seminars.
Mr. Ted Ullyot
Former General Counsel of Facebook
Ted Ullyot was General Counsel of Facebook from 2008 until 2013. At earlier points in his career, Ted served as General Counsel of ESL Investments, Inc.; General Counsel of AOL Time Warner Europe; and a litigation partner in the Washington, DC office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Ted also worked in the administration of President George W. Bush, first at the White House and later at the Justice Department as Chief of Staff to Attorney General Gonzales. He was a law clerk for Justice Scalia and for Judge Luttig on the Fourth Circuit. Ted received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and his undergraduate degree from Harvard. He currently lives in California and is a co-chair of the Silicon Valley Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society.
Mr. Steven G. Bradbury
Mr. Steven G. Bradbury is a partner in the Washington, D.C office of Dechert LLP. Bradbury was head of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in the United States Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration. Appointed the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for OLC in April 2004, he became the Acting Assistant Attorney General in 2005. He was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the Assistant Attorney General for OLC in June 2005. His nomination was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in November 2005 but was never voted on by the full Senate.
Bradbury graduated from Stanford University in 1980 with a major in English. After working in publishing and as a legal assistant in New York in the early 1980s, Bradbury graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where he received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 1988. He was Articles Editor for the Michigan Law Review and Order of the Coif. From 1988 to 1990, Bradbury worked as an associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. In 1990-1991, he served as a law clerk to Judge James L. Buckley on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. After working as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel, 1991-1992, he served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States, 1992-1993. Following his clerkship for Justice Thomas, Bradbury practiced law with Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C., first as an associate from 1993 to 1994 and then as a partner from 1994 to 2004. In 1998, Bradbury was named one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 by Washingtonian magazine.
Ms. Rachel L. Brand
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Ms. Brand is a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent, bipartisan agency that provides oversight and advice to other federal agencies concerning the impact of the government’s counterterrorism activities on privacy and civil liberties. Brand was confirmed by the Senate and appointed by President Obama in 2012.
In addition to her service on the PCLOB, Ms. Brand is vice president and chief counsel for regulatory litigation at the National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC), the litigation arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Before joining the Chamber, Brand practiced law with the international law firm WilmerHale, where she focused on strategic public policy counseling, crisis management, and congressional investigations. She also has extensive government experience, having served as the Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice after being confirmed by the Senate and appointed by President Bush in 2005. Earlier in her career, Brand served in the Office of Counsel to the President at the White House, where she advised White House staff on a wide range of legal and constitutional issues and played a key role in high-profile legal issues arising from federal agencies and departments. During the 2002 Term of the United States Supreme Court, Brand served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. She also clerked for Justice Charles Fried of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Brand graduated from Harvard Law School, where she served as deputy editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Morris. Ms. Brand is also the Chairman of the Federalist Society’s Litigation Practice Group.
Mr. Julian Sanchez
Mr. Julian Sanchez is an American libertarian writer living in Washington, D.C. Currently a research fellow at the Cato Institute, he previously covered technology and privacy issues as the Washington Editor for Ars Technica. He first came to public attention in 2003 when he helped to expose gun control critic John Lott for defending himself in online forums using an assumed identity. Soon afterwards, Sanchez was hired as an assistant editor at Reason magazine, where he is now a contributing editor.
Sanchez has a weblog at juliansanchez.com. He has also blogged for Reason and The Economist. Sanchez’s work has been cited in blogs such as The Volokh Conspiracy, Marginal Revolution, and Instapundit. In a 2010 blog post he adapted the philosophical term epistemic closure to describe the effect that the rise of conservative media has had on right-of-center political discourse in the United States. His analysis sparked a spirited debate among conservative pundits that was eventually covered by the New York Times. Sanchez is a graduate of New York University, where he studied philosophy and political science.
Professor John F. Stinneford
University of Florida College of Law
Professor John Stinneford is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Professor Stinneford’s areas of expertise include Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, the Eighth Amendment, Sentencing Law and Policy, and Evidence. Professor Stinneford’s research focuses on constitutional limitations on the governmental power to inflict punishment. More specifically, Professor Stinneford’s current scholarship focuses on the historical underpinnings of the Eighth Amendment’s Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause, as well as the Due Process Clause of the 5th and 14th Amendments.
Prior to joining the University of Florida, Professor Stinneford practiced criminal law for several years, first in private practice with the law firm Winston & Strawn LLP, and then as a federal prosecutor. Professor Stinneford also clerked for a U.S. District Court judge. Professor Stinneford is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and holds an M.A. from Harvard University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Professor Nadine Strossen
New York Law School/ACLU
Professor Nadine Strossen is a former president of the American Civil Liberties Union. She served as president from February 1991 to October 2008. She was the first woman and the youngest person to ever lead the ACLU. Professor Strossen is currently a professor at New York Law School and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has been hailed as one of the most influential business leaders, women, or lawyers in publications such as the National Law Journal, Working Woman Magazine, and Vanity Fair.
Professor Strossen graduated from Harvard College in 1972, Phi Beta Kappa, and then graduated from Harvard Law School in 1975, magna cum laude. In law school, she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Professor Strossen practiced law in Minneapolis and New York City for nine years before becoming a Professor of Law at New York Law School in 1988. In February, 1991, Professor Strossen became the president of the American Civil Liberties Union, filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Norman Dorsen. As president, Professor Strossen made over 200 public presentations each year and gave frequent public commentary on civil liberties issues in the national media. She appeared on nearly every major U.S. news program and has received numerous awards and honors. In May 2008, she announced her resignation. Professor Strossen is an active member of NORML, an organization promoting the decriminalization of marijuana. She is also a member of the National Youth Rights Association Advisory Board and a founding member of Feminists for Free Expression.
Mr. Stewart Baker
Steptoe and Johnson LLP
Mr. Stewart Baker is currently a partner with the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson where his practice concentrates on issues related to privacy, national security, computer security, electronic surveillance, encryption, digital commerce, and export controls.
Baker was the first Assistant Secretary (acting as Under Secretary-equivalent) for Policy at the United States Department of Homeland Security under the Presidency of George W. Bush. Baker is the former General Counsel of the National Security Agency (1992–1994) and author of the book, The Limits of Trust: Cryptography, Governments, and Electronic Commerce (1998), and other publications and articles on electronic commerce and international trade. Earlier in his career, Baker was Law Clerk to John Paul Stevens, United States Supreme Court from 1977 to 1978. He also clerked for Frank M. Coffin, United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit (1976–77) and Shirley Hufstedler, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1975). He was in private practice with the Washington, DC-based law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP from 1981 to 1992 and again from 1994 to 2005. Baker currently writes the blog Skating on Stilts. A book based on the blog, Skating on Stilts: Why We Aren’t Stopping Tomorrow’s Terrorism, was published in June 2010.
Baker earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University in 1969. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law in 1975. While in law school, he published A Strict Scrutiny of the Right to Travel in the UCLA Law Review (1975).
Professor Randy Barnett
Georgetown University Law Center
Professor Randy E. Barnett is a lawyer, a law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts, and a legal theorist. He writes about the libertarian theory of law and contract theory, constitutional law, and jurisprudence. After attending Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, Barnett served as a prosecutor in Chicago, Illinois. Barnett’s first academic position was at the Chicago-Kent College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He later became the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Law at Boston University, where he served as the faculty adviser for the Federalist Society. He joined the faculty of Georgetown University Law Center in 2006. Barnett is a Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute and the Goldwater Institute. His book The Structure of Liberty won the Ralph Gregory Elliot Book Award in 1998. In 2008 he was awarded a Fellowship in Constitutional Studies by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Professor Gregory McNeal
Pepperdine University School of Law
Professor Greg McNeal is a Professor of Law at Pepperdine University and an expert in national security law and policy, criminal law and procedure, and international law. He previously served as assistant director of the Institute for Global Security, co-directed a transnational counterterrorism program for the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as an advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions on matters related to the prosecution of suspected terrorists held in the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Professor McNeal has testified before Congress about drones, surveillance, and counterterrorism. He has aided members of Congress and their committees in drafting legislation, advised the Iraqi High Tribunal, and supervised a U.S. Department of Justice counterterrorism program. He has also advised Fortune 500 companies and the defense industry on matters related to privacy, surveillance, and homeland security. Before becoming an attorney he served as an officer in the United States Army. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on National Security Law, Vice President of the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law, Secretary of the American Society of International Law’s International Law and Technology Interest Group, and is an Executive Committee member of The Federalist Society’s International Law and National Security Practice Group. His popular writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Times, and The Baltimore Sun, and he has appeared on Fox News Channel, NPR, BBC, C-SPAN, CNN and other national media outlets as an expert commentator. He is also a FORBES contributor where he writes about law and public policy.
Mr. Alex Abdo
American Civil Liberties Union
Mr. Alex Abdo is a Staff Attorney in the ACLU’s National Security Project. He has been involved in the litigation of cases concerning the Patriot Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and the treatment of detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Navy brig in South Carolina. Mr. Abdo is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. Prior to working at the ACLU, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Barbara M.G. Lynn, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, and to the Honorable Rosemary Barkett, United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Professor Laura Donohue, Ph.D.
Georgetown University Law Center
Professor Laura Donohue is a Professor of Law at Georgetown Law and the Director of Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law. She writes on national security and counterterrorist law in the United States and United Kingdom. Her most recent book, The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty (Cambridge University Press) analyzes the impact of American and British counterterrorist law on life, liberty, property, privacy, and free speech. She is currently writing on drones, the War Powers Resolution, and emerging technologies. Her articles focus on biometric identification; state secrets; surveillance, data collection, and analysis; extended detention and interrogation; antiterrorist finance and material support; biological weapons; scientific speech; and the history of quarantine law.
Professor Donohue has held fellowships at Stanford Law School’s Center for Constitutional Law, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Fellow in the International Security Program as well as the Executive Session for Domestic Preparedness. In 2001 the Carnegie Corporation named her to its Scholars Program, funding the project, Security and Freedom in the Face of Terrorism. She took up the award at Stanford, where she taught in the Departments of History and Political Science and directed a project for the United States Departments of Justice and State and, later, Homeland Security, on mass-casualty terrorist incidents. In 2008–09 she clerked for Judge John T. Noonan, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Professor Donohue is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Advisory Board Member of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). She obtained her AB in Philosophy (with Honors) from Dartmouth College, her MA in Peace Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, her JD (with Distinction) from Stanford Law School, and her PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, England.
Professor Deborah Pearlstein
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Professor Deborah Pearlstein joined the Cardozo faculty in 2011 following her tenure in the Law and Public Affairs Program at the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and visiting appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. Her research focuses on national security law and the separation of powers, and her work has appeared widely in law journals and the popular press, most recently including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the University of Michigan Law Review, the University of Texas Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, as well as in Slate, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times. A leading national voice on law and counterterrorism, Pearlstein has repeatedly testified before Congress on topics from military commissions to detainee treatment, and in 2009 was appointed to the ABA’s Advisory Committee on Law and National Security.
From 2003-2007, Professor Pearlstein served as the founding director of the Law and Security Program at Human Rights First, where she led the organization’s efforts in research, litigation and advocacy surrounding U.S. detention and interrogation operations. Among other projects, Professor Pearlstein led the organization’s first monitoring mission to the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; prepared a series of briefs amicus curiae to the U.S. Supreme Court; and co-authored multiple reports on the human rights impact of U.S. national security policy, including Command’s Responsibility, which provided the first comprehensive accounting of detainee deaths in U.S. military custody since 2002 and received extensive media attention worldwide. Professor Pearlstein also worked closely with members of the military and intelligence communities, including in launching a series of off-the-record workshops to address key policy challenges in U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
Before embarking on a career in law, Professor Pearlstein served in the White House from 1993-1995 as a Senior Editor and Speechwriter for President Clinton. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Pearlstein clerked for Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, then for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professor Martin Flaherty
Fordham University School of Law
Professor Martin Flaherty is Leitner Family Professor of International Human Rights Law and Co-Founding Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. He is also Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he was Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs. Abroad he has also taught at China University of Political Science and Law and the National Judges College, both in Beijing, and Queen’s University Belfast. He has also taught at Columbia, Cardozo, the New School, New York Law School, and St. John’s.
Previously Professor Flaherty served as a law clerk for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge John Gibbons of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton, his M.A. and M.Phil. from Yale (in history) and J.D. from the Columbia Law School. Professor Flaherty also studied at Trinity College Dublin on an ITT/Fulbright Fellowship.
Formerly chair of the New York City Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee, he has led or participated in human rights missions to Northern Ireland, Turkey, Hong Kong, Mexico, Malaysia, Kenya, Romania, and China. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, his writings focus upon constitutional law and history, foreign affairs, and international human rights.
Mr. Gregory Katsas
Greg Katsas is a partner in the law firm Jones Day. He handles complex litigation in areas including administrative law, antitrust, constitutional law, employment discrimination, international law and arbitration, and products liability. He has argued more than 50 appeals, including cases in every federal appellate court. Recently, he briefed and argued the landmark health care case in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Between 2001 and 2009, Katsas served in many senior positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, including Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division and Acting Associate Attorney General. In these positions, he handled or supervised most of the government’s leading civil appeals. His own cases included such important topics as the detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, the use of national security letters in major counterterrorism investigations, the applicability of the state secrets privilege in litigation about covert CIA activities, the closure of immigration hearings for suspected terrorists, and the constitutionality of federal statutes on subjects ranging from the Pledge of Allegiance to partial-birth abortion. He also oversaw all of the Civil Division’s enforcement activities under the False Claims Act and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act. He has testified before Congress eight times, on topics ranging from the material support statute to federal pleading standards under Ashcroft v. Iqbal.
In 2009, Katsas was awarded the Edmund Randolph award for outstanding service, the highest award bestowed by the Department of Justice. Attorney General Michael Mukasey described Katsas as “widely regarded as one of the Justice Department’s most outstanding civil and appellate attorneys.”
Katsas earned an A.B. from Princeton University in 1986 and a J.D. from Harvard University in 1989 where he served as an Executive Editor for the Harvard Law Review. Katsas clerked for the Honorable Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable Clarence Thomas on both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Rosa Brooks
Georgetown University Law Center
Professor Rosa Brooks is a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches courses on international law, national security, constitutional law, and other subjects. She also writes a weekly column for Foreign Policy, and serves as a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation.
Professor Brooks returned to GULC in July 2011 from a two year public service leave of absence, during which she served as Counselor to Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy. During her time at the Defense Department, Professor Brooks also founded the Office for Rule of Law and International Humanitarian Policy, and also led a major overhaul of the Defense Department’s strategic communication and information operations efforts. In July 2011, she received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
Professor Brooks has also served as a senior advisor at the US Department of State, a consultant for Human Rights Watch, a fellow at the Carr Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a board member of Amnesty International USA, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a lecturer at Yale Law School, a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Fragile States, the board of the National Security Network and the Steering Committee of the White Oak Foreign Policy Leaders Project.
In addition to her popular writing, Professor Brooks has written numerous scholarly articles on international law, failed states, post-conflict reconstruction and the rule of law, human rights, terrorism and the law of war. Her book, Can Might Make Rights? The Rule of Law After Military Interventions, (with Jane Stromseth and David Wippman) was published in 2006 by Cambridge University Press. Her government and NGO work has involved field research in Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Israel, Palestine, Kosovo, China, Russia, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, and Sierra Leone, among other places. Professor Brooks received her A.B. from Harvard in 1991 (history and literature), followed by a master’s degree from Oxford in 1993 (social anthropology) and a law degree from Yale in 1996.
Professor Jeremy Rabkin
George Mason University School of Law
Professor Jeremy Rabkin is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. Before joining the faculty in June 2007, he was, for over two decades, a professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. Professor Rabkin serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace (originally appointed by President George W. Bush in 2007, then appointed for a second term by President Barack Obama and reconfirmed by the Senate in 2011). He also serves on the Board of Academic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute and on the Board of Directors of the Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm based in Washington, D.C.
Professor Rabkin’s books include Law Without Nations? (Princeton University Press, 2005). His articles have appeared in major law reviews and political science journals and his journalistic contributions in a range of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.
Professor Christopher Jenks
Southern Methodist University School of Law
Professor Jenks is a professor at SMU Dedman School of Law. He teaches and writes on the law of armed conflict and criminal justice. He is the co-author of a law of armed conflict textbook, co-editor of a forthcoming war crimes casebook, and served as a peer reviewer of the Talinn Manual on the international law applicable to cyber warfare.
He has published articles on drones, child soldiers, extraordinary rendition, law of war based detention, targeting and government contractors. He has also spoken on those same topics at universities and institutes in Australia, Italy, South Africa and the U.S., and with the militaries of the Republic of Yemen and several different European and African countries. He recently served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense on U.S. military security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Prior to joining the SMU faculty, Professor Jenks served for over 20 years in the military and received such honors as the Valorous Unit Award, the Bronze Star Medal, and both the Expert Infantryman and Parachutist Badges. After graduating from West Point, Professor Jenks was commissioned as an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He served as a rifle platoon leader, executive officer and in battalion and brigade staff positions in the U.S., Europe, and in deployments to Kuwait and Bosnia.
Following graduation from law school, Professor Jenks transitioned to the U.S. Army JAG Corps and was assigned as the primary international and operational law advisor near the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. During this assignment, he defended Status of Forces Agreement rights of American soldiers during South Korean interrogations and trials in high profile and politically sensitive criminal cases.
Following his return to the U.S. in 2003, Professor Jenks served as the lead prosecutor in the Army’s first counterterrorism case, a fully contested, classified court-martial of a soldier attempting to aid al qaeda. He coordinated the investigative efforts of 30 law enforcement agents from four separate federal agencies on three continents and the Department of Justice’s Counterterrorism section nominated him for the John Marshall award for interagency cooperation.
In 2004, he deployed to Mosul, Iraq and served as chief legal advisor to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team comprised of over 4000 soldiers. There he provided targeting advice for the employment of artillery, close air support and direct fire weapons during enemy engagements in a city of two million people. He also advised investigations and served as prosecutor for crimes against the civilian population, detainee abuse, and fratricide. He also wrote and briefed rules of engagement crucial to the success of the first free elections in Iraq in more than three decades.
Professor Michael Stokes Paulsen
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Professor Michael Paulsen received his B.A. degree with distinction from Northwestern University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received an M.A. degree in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and a recipient of the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for appellate advocacy. After graduation from law school, he joined the Department of Justice in the Criminal Division Honors Program, and has also served as staff counsel for the Center for Law & Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. and as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel.
Prior to coming to the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Professor Paulsen served as the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law and Public Policy, Briggs and Morgan Professor of Law, and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Professor Paulsen is among the nation’s leading scholars of constitutional interpretation, and his publications include articles in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Chicago Law Review, NYU Law Review, Texas Law Review, California Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, among many others.
Dr. Roger Pilon, Ph.D., J.D.
Dr. Roger Pilon is vice president for legal affairs at the Cato Institute where he holds the B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies. He is the founder and director of Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies and the publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review. He is also an adjunct professor of government at Georgetown University through The Fund for American Studies. Dr.Pilon’s writings have appeared in the nation’s major media and he is a frequent guest on radio and TV. He lectures and debates at universities and law schools across the country and testifies often before Congress.
Prior to joining Cato Dr. Pilon held five senior posts in the Reagan administration, including at State and Justice. He has taught philosophy and law and was a national fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Dr. Pilon holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law. In 1989 the Bicentennial Commission presented him with the Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in writing on the U.S. Constitution. In 2001 Columbia University’s School of General Studies awarded him its Alumni Medal of Distinction.
Professor Steven J. Willis
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Professor Willis joined the UF Law Faculty in 1981, having taught previously in the New York University Graduate Tax Program. He teaches tax courses in both the J.D. and the Graduate Tax Programs plus Family Law Economics and Accounting and Finance for Lawyers. In the fall of 2013, Professor Willis took a sabbatical from teaching in order to lend his expertise in tax law to Hobby Lobby Stores in its religious liberty fight against the PPACA. To this end, he authored the lead article in volume 65 of the South Carolina Law Review titled: Corporations, Taxes, and Religion: The Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Contraceptive Cases. He is also the lead author for the amicus curiae brief on behalf of Freedom X in support of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga.
Professor Willis is licensed to practice law in Florida, a member of the Louisiana Bar, and a CPA (inactive) in Louisiana. He is a faculty advisor for numerous student groups such as the Christian Legal Society and the Law College Republicans. He has also honorably served as the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the UF Federalist Society since its inception.
Professor Joshua D. Wright
George Mason University School of Law
Professor Joshua D. Wright is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, where he was a managing editor of the UCLA Law Review. He also holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from UCLA. Professor Wright served as a law clerk to the Honorable James V. Selna, United States District Court, Central District of California.
Professor Wright’s current research focuses on the competitive process for product distribution, such as slotting allowances, and contractual relationships in retailing. Professor Wright’s teaching and interests include Antitrust, Contracts, Law and Economics, Quantitative Methods, and Corporate Finance. He has taught courses in the areas of law and economics at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Public Policy and UCLA.
On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Professor Wright as a member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), following his nomination by President Obama to that position. He is on a leave of absence while fulfilling his duties in that role.
Dr. Bob McClure, Ph.D.
James Madison Institute
Dr. Bob McClure is the President and CEO of The James Madison Institute (JMI). JMI is a nonpartisan, public policy research organization based in Florida; founded in 1987, JMI is a statewide organization with members in Florida, across the country and around the world. JMI’s ideas are rooted in the U.S. Constitution and the principles of economic freedom, limited government, education reform, healthcare reform and private property rights. Labeled a “heavy hitter” by Florida Trend magazine, the Institute’s work has appeared in every media market in the state, as well as nationally including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, Newsmax, the Washington Examiner, Drudge Report and more.
Dr. McClure was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Elections Commission and has served on the State of Florida Education Strategic Planning Council. He has been published at both the state and national level on numerous topics including property rights, tax policy, healthcare and education reform, lectured nationally on multiple policy issues, and quoted on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Bob served on the Florida Advisory Council of the National Center for Policy Analysis. He was appointed to the Florida Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of School Choice. He also served in an advisory capacity on the transition teams of both Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi. Currently, he serves on the Economic Advisory Council for Governor Scott. He also recently received the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for his dedication to the promotion of free enterprise in Florida.
Professor Peter S. Margulies
Roger Williams University School of Law
As an expert in National Security Law, Professor Peter Margulies focuses on the delicate balance between liberty, equality, and security in issues involving law and terrorism. Professor Margulies has written almost a dozen articles discussing the War on Terror. He currently works with RWU Law Professor Jared Goldstein, along with litigators from the law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, in representing two Afghan detainees. Professor Margulies led a national conference entitled “Legal Dilemmas in A Dangerous World: Law, Terrorism and National Security” held at RWU.
Professor Margulies also has an extensive background in immigration law and has represented Haitian refugees and conducted outreach to community legal service providers.
Peter Marguiles teaches Immigration Law, National Security Law and Professional Responsibility. He has filed amicus briefs in high-visibility cases with the U.S. Supreme Court and has been frequently cited in the New York Times, the National Law Journal and other media outlets.