Member Directory

Committee Members

Chair: James E. McPherson, Executive Director, National Association of Attorneys General and Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (ret.) and former General Counsel, Counterintelligence Field Activity and former Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy.

Joel F. Brenner, of counsel, Cooley LLP, specializes in global risk management, privacy and data security and internal investigations.  He served as the National Counterintelligence Executive and Mission Manager for Counterintelligence within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  Prior, he served as the Inspector General for the National Security Agency.

Valerie Caproni is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was confirmed by the Senate on September 9, 2013. She is the former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Northrop Grumman Corporation and former General Counsel, FBI. 

Russel Frisby, Partner, Stinson Morrison Hecker and former CEO and acting chief legal officer, Competitive Telecommunications Association.

Susan Ginsburg, Principal, U.S. Civil Security, LLC and former fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, where she headed the Mobility and Security Program.  Member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Quadrennial Review Committee and former Senior Counsel, 9/11 Commission.

Gerold Libby, Partner, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca, General Counsel, The World Justice Project, and formerly served on the board of directors, Semco Instruments, Inc.

Elisa Massimino, President and Chief Executive Officer, Human Rights First and former Litigator, Hogan & Hartson.

Michele Pearce, Counsel, Staff Lead and Investigator, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Armed Services, US House of Representatives. Former Air Force Judge Advocate General and aide to the Secretary of the Air Force.

Paul Rosenzweig, private practice with Red Branch Law & Consulting PLLC. Former Acting Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and later Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. He also serves as a Senior Editor of the Journal of National Security Law and is a coauthor of the book “Winning the Long War: Lessons from the Cold War for Defeating Terrorism and Preserving Freedom.”    

Lynn Wise, senior counsel, Northrop Grumman Legal Department, Baltimore, MD.

Lee Zeichner, Founder and President, Zeichner Risk Analytics, LLC, critical infrastructure consultant to the Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Division, and counsel to the Business Roundtable Security Task Force.  He is former Senior Counsel, Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Special Advisor: James E. Baker, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and former Special Assistant to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council.


Advisory Committee Members

Chair: Harvey Rishikof, Director of Cybersecurity and the Law, College of Information Science and Technology, The iSchool, Drexel University and former Senior Policy Advisor to the National Counterintelligence Executive, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and former Professor, National Security Law, National War College, and former Legal Counsel to the Deputy Director of the FBI.  He also served as Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, where he served as chief of staff and liaison to the Executive Branch, Congress, the Federal Judicial Center and the Administrative Office of the US Court. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute.

William Banks, Professor, Syracuse University College of Law and Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism.  He is an international expert on constitutional and national security law and counterterrorism and author of the leading text National Security Law, now in its third edition. 

Joel Bellows, Founder and Managing Principal, Bellows and Bellows, P.C. and Ph.D. Candidate, Cognitive Political Economy, University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

Laurie Blank, Professor, Emory University School of Law, and Director of their International Humanitarian Law Clinic and former program officer in the Rule of Law Program at the US Institute of Peace.  

Judith Boyd, Northeast Regional Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former Chief Counsel for the Minority, U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Willie Curtis, Associate Professor of Political Science, United States Naval Academy.

Eliana Davidson, Deputy General Counsel, Intelligence, Department of Defense. Former Deputy Legal Advisor, National Security Council and former Special Counsel to the General Counsel, Department of Defense.

Laura Donohue, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Director of Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law.  Former Clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Charles Dunlap, Jr., Professor of the Practice of Law and Executive Director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke Law School.  Retired deputy judge advocate general of the U.S. Air Force, having attained the rank of major general during a 34-year career in the Judge Advocate Corps.

David Graham, Executive Director, Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School and Judge Advocate, Charlottesville, VA and Colonel, US Army (ret).

Sandra Hodgkinson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense.

M. Tia Johnson, Colonel, Judge Advocate US Army, and Senior Military Assistant to the DOD General Counsel, former Special Assistant for Legal and International Security Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Legislative Affairs and former Legal Advisor, NATO Joint Forces Command, in Naples. 

David Lockemy, Judge, South Caroline Court of Appeals.

Deborah Pearlstein, Assistant Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and former Associate Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Peter Raven-Hansen, Glen Earl Weston Research Professor of Law and Co-Director, US Foreign Relations and National Security Law LL.M. Program, George Washington School of Law. Former Chair of the National Security Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Philip Reitinger, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Sony Corporation and former Director, National Cyber Security Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Mark Sessions, partner, Strasburger & Price LLP, in San Antonio, TX and former General Counsel, Novatel, Inc. 

Daniel Silverberg, Deputy Chief Counsel, Committee on Foreign Affairs, US House of Representatives. Previously, he served as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel in the U.S. Department of Defense with responsibilities related to special operations and international law.  Prior, he practiced law with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in San Francisco, where he focused on commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense matters. 

John Tunheim, Judge, United States District Court in Minneapolis, MN.  Former Minnesota Chief Deputy Attorney General and former Chair of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board. 

Kay Wakatake, Judge Advocate General, US Army, former Officer-In-Charge, Mannheim Law Center, Germany.  Served as the Brigade Judge Advocate in Iraq and was the primary planner and facilitator for the brigade’s rule of law operations.  

Clark Walton, counsel, Alexander Ricks PLLC and adjunct professor, Charlotte School of Law. Previously a Special Assistant US Attorney in the Western District of North Carolina and state criminal prosecutor. Former federal cyber security analyst and member of the ABA House of Delegates.

Special Advisors: Stewart A. Baker, currently in private practice and former Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former General Counsel to the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Previously served as General Counsel, National Security Agency.  

Spike Bowman, Visiting Scholar, University of Virginia School of Law and former Deputy Director, Office of National Counterintelligence Executive and former Deputy General Counsel, National Security, FBI and Chief, Intelligence Issues Group, National Security Branch.

Jill Rhodes, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Trustmark Companies.

Scott Silliman, Director Emeritus, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security and Professor of the Practice of Law Duke University  School of Law, former Air Force Judge Advocate. 


  1. Richard Friedman, President and Chair, National Strategy Forum, Chicago, IL.
  2. Al Harvey, Major General, USMC (ret.) private practice, Memphis, TN and former Board of Governors’ liaison to Standing Committee and former President, Tennessee Bar Association.  Member, ABA House of Delegates.
  3. John O. Marsh, Distinguished Professor of Law at George Mason University and Of Counsel, Hazel & Thomas, former Secretary of the Army, former Virginia Representative in Congress and former Law Professor, William & Mary School of Law.
  4. John Norton Moore, Walter L. Brown Professor, University of Virginia School of Law and Director, Center for National Security Law.
  5. Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Dean, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and former General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency and General Counsel, National Security Agency, and former Deputy Legal Adviser, Department of State.
  6. William S. Sessions, Partner, Holland and Knight and former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and former U.S. District Judge and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas. 
  7. William H. Webster, former Federal Judge and Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Director of Central Intelligence.
  8. R. James Woolsey, Woolsey Partners LLC and former Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton and former Director of Central Intelligence.