Committee Members

2020-2021 Bar Year

Standing Committee

Chair: William Banks, Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor Emeritus, College of Law/Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.  Editor, Journal of National Security Law and Policy. Founder of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (now the Institute for Security Policy and Law). Former Interim Dean, Syracuse University Law School, former Special Counsel, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Rachel Brand, Executive Vice President of Global Governance and Corporate Secretary of Walmart, former Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy, former member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

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.

Brian Egan, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson and former Legal Adviser, U.S. State Department, former Legal Adviser, National Security Council and Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President at the White House, former Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement and Intelligence at the Department of the Treasury, former Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President, former Attorney-Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.

Julie Huygen, Appellate Military Judge, U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals (ret.)

Jamil Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director, National Security Institute and  Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Vice President for Strategy & Business Development at IronNet Cybersecurity, former Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), former Senior Counsel to the House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI), former Associate Counsel to the President, former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice.

M. Tia Johnson, Visiting Professor of Law, and Director, National Security Law LL.M Program at Georgetown Law and a Visiting Fellow at Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law, Colonel, Judge Advocate US Army, (ret.) Former Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, US Department of Homeland Security; former Senior Advisor to the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement former 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. 

Robert Litt, Counsel, Morrison & Foerster, former General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Lisa Monaco, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Reiss Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law, former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism in the White House, former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice, former Counsel and Chief of Staff to FBI Director Robert Mueller III

Jennifer O'Connor, Vice President and Sector Counsel, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. Former General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense and the chief legal officer of the Department, principal legal advisor to the Secretary of Defense, and Director of the Defense Legal Services Agency. Former deputy assistant to the President and deputy White House counsel, former Partner, WilmerHale.

Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Advisor, CSIS and former Undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Special Advisor to the Committee

James E. McPherson, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of the Army, former General Counsel, Department of the Army, former 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.

Advisory Committee

Chair: Mary DeRosa, Professor from Practice and Co-Director, Global Law Scholars Program, Georgetown University Law Center. Former Alternate Representative of the United States to the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly. Former Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President, former National Security Council Legal Adviser. Former Chief Counsel for National Security, Senate Judiciary Committee, former Special Counsel to the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense.

James A. Baker, Deputy General Counsel, Twitter. Former Director, National Security and Cybersecurity, The R Street Institute, also a Visiting Fellow at Lawfare and the Brookings Institution, former General Counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation

John Bellinger, Partner, Arnold & Porter. Former Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, former Senior Associate Counsel to the President, former Legal Adviser, National Security Council.

Laurie Blank, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Emory University School of Law. Core expert, Woomera Manual on International Law Applicable to Conflict in Outer Space,  Member, Air and Missile Project on Legal Education. Former Program Officer, Rule of Law Program, United States Institute of Peace

Yvette Bourcicot, Director, Policy Communications at Match Group, Former Policy Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region, AirBnB, former Policy Communications Manager, Facebook, former Associate Deputy General Counsel, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense, former Senior Advisor for International Humanitarian Policy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, former Special Assistant, Army General Counsel. She is a medically retired Air Force JAG Officer.

Carolina Coll, Deputy General Counsel for Management, Central Intelligence Agency

Jennifer Daskal, Professor and Faculty Director of the Tech, Law, Security Program, American University Washington College of Law. Executive Editor Just Security. Former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice, former Senior Counterterrorism Counsel, Human Rights Watch.

Robert Eatinger, Of Counsel, Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig, Founder, SpyLaw Consulting, LLC, former Acting General Counsel and Senior Deputy General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency, former Chief Legal Adviser for Counterterrorism; Chief, OGC Litigation Division, Chief Advisor, Latin America Division, Directorate of Operations, and litigation attorney, OGC Litigation Division, former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General

William Renn Gade, General Counsel, Defense Intelligence Agency, former Military Assistant, Department of Defense General Counsel, former Senior Legal Counsel, U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, former Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, former Staff Judge Advocate (senior legal advisor) to a number of joint, combined, and U.S. Army commands, including: U.S. Special Operations Command, Multinational Force-Iraq, Multinational Corps-Iraq, XVIII Airborne Corps, and the 82d Airborne Division.

Glenn Gerstell, Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies. Former General Counsel, National Security Agency and Central Security Service, former Partner, Milbank LLP.

Peter Hyun, Partner, Wiley Rein. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia U.S. Attorney’s Office, former Assistant Attorney General, New York Attorney General’s Office, former Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Bonnie D. Jenkins, Founder and Executive Director of the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) and Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Former Ambassador, U.S. State Department and Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, former U.S. representative, G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction and chair of the Global Partnership, former Program Officer for US Foreign and Security Policy, Ford Foundation, former Counsel, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission), former General Counsel, U.S. Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

Alex Joel, Scholar-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor, American University Washington College of Law. Former Chief of the Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, former attorney, Central Intelligence Agency Office of General Counsel

David Kris, Founder, Culper Partners LLC, and member of the board of directors and a Contributing Editor, Lawfare, former General Counsel, Intellectual Ventures, former Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance officer, Time Warner, Inc., former United States Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice, former, Associate Deputy Attorney General for national security issues, U.S. Department of Justice.

Matthew Kronisch, Associate General Counsel (Intelligence), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, former Assistant for Inspections to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight, former legal advisor, trial counsel, and appellate counsel while an Officer in the U.S. Navy.

Elisa Poteat, Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Stephen Preston, Partner and Chair of Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice, WilmerHale, former General Counsel of the Department of Defense, former General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency, former General Counsel of the Navy

Lala Qadir, associate, Covington & Burling focusing on data privacy and security

Teresa Wynn Roseborough, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Home Depot, former Deputy General Counsel and Senior Chief Counsel for Litigation and Compliance at MetLife, former Partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice.

Lisa Schenck, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professorial Lecturer in Law, Co-Director of the National Security Law LLM Program at George Washington University Law School, former senior judge on the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, former Associate Judge on the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review, former Chief of the Administrative and Civil Law Division, Assistant Professor of Constitutional and Military Law at West Point.

Allison Stevens, Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, former Associate General Counsel for Intelligence Oversight, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, former Chief Legal Officer for the Intelligence Systems Support Office, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, former attorney, National Security and Military Affairs Division of the U.S. Air Force Office of General Counsel

Max Trujillo, President and Founder, MJT Policy, former Senior Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, former Associate State Director for AARP in Puerto Rico, former Deputy Advisor to the Governor for Social Welfare and Civil Rights of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Special Advisors to the Advisory Committee

Stewart A. Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson; Former Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; 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, Distinguished Fellow, University of Virginia School of Law; Former Deputy Director, Office of National Counterintelligence Executive; Former Deputy General Counsel, National Security, FBI and Chief, Intelligence Issues Group, National Security Branch.

Joel Brenner, Principal, Joel Brenner LLC, specializes in global risk management, privacy and data security and internal investigations. He is also a Senior Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies in Cambridge, Mass.  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.

Susan Ginsburg, Co-founder and CEO of Criticality Sciences; Former Principal, U.S. Civil Security, LLC; 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; Former Senior Counsel, 9/11 Commission.

David Graham, former Distinguished Fellow, University of Virginia School of Law Center on National Security Law; Former Executive Director of the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (LCS), having served in that capacity for 14 years. He is a retired Army Officer with 31 years of experience as a Military Attorney, or Judge Advocate. He has an extensive background in International Law, with a mix of assignments in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, and played a seminal role in developing the field of Operational Law. Former Director of the Center for Law and Military Operations, now an integral part of the JAG Legal Center and School.

Christine Healey, former General Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and former counsel to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Also served as a consultant to the FBI 9/11 Review Commission and as a senior counsel on the 9/11 Commission.  

Jill Rhodes, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Option Care, Inc, former Deputy Chief of Staff for the Director of National Intelligence and Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Education and Training. She worked on national security related issues within the Department of Homeland Security Office of the General Counsel and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Office. She is the co-editor of the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Handbook and the Handbook Second Edition.

Paul Rosenzweig, founder of 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 co-author of the book “Winning the Long War: Lessons from the Cold War for Defeating Terrorism and Preserving Freedom,” and “Whistleblowers, Leaks and the Media.”

Scott Silliman, Deputy Chief Judge, United States Court of Military Commission Review, 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.   

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.   


Richard Friedman, Former Senior Fello, Urban and National Security Affairs, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former President and Chair, National Strategy Forum, Chicago, IL.

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.

John Norton Moore, Former Walter L. Brown Professor, University of Virginia School of Law and Director, Center for National Security Law.

Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Former Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, State Bar of California, and immediate past 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.

Harvey Rishikof, Director of Policy and Cyber Research at University of Maryland ARLIS (Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security) and Visiting Professor at Temple Law School. Former Director and Convening Authority for the Office of Military Commissions, former Senior Counsel, Crowell and Moring and former Dean, National War College and Director of Cybersecurity and the Law, College of Information Science and Technology, The iSchool, Drexel University.  He also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the National Counterintelligence Executive, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and is the former Legal Counsel to the Deputy Director of the FBI.  Former Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute.

William H. Webster, Retired Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Former Federal Judge and Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Director of Central Intelligence.

R. James Woolsey, Woolsey Partners LLC; Former Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; Former Director of Central Intelligence.

Chairs of the Standing Committee

William Banks (2020-present)

Cynthia R. Ryan (2018-2020)

James E. Baker (2015-2018)

James E. McPherson (2012-2015)

Harvey Rishikof (2009-2012)

Al Harvey (2006-2009)

Stewart Baker (2004-2006)

Suzanne E. Spaulding (2001-2004)

Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker (1998-2001)

Paul Schott Stevens (1995-1998)

John H. Shenefield (1992-1995)

Robert F. Turner (1989-1992)

Richard E. Friedman (1986-1989)

John Norton Moore (1982-1986)

Morris I. Leibman (1975-1982)

James M. Spiro (1973-1975)

William C. Mott (1969-1973)

Charles S. Maddox (1967-1969)

Morris I. Leibman (1962-1967)

Contact the Committee

Holly McMahon, Director

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