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Committee Members

2019-2020 bar year

Standing Committee

Chair: Cynthia R. Ryan, Former Leader Development Executive, Human Development, and former General Counsel, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Former Chief Counsel, Drug Enforcement Agency

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

Brian Egan, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson and former Legal Adviser, U.S. State Department

Avril Haines, Senior Research Scholar, Columbia World Projects and Lecturer in Law, Columbia University Law School; Former White House Deputy National Security Advisor

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

Caroline Krass, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of General Insurance and Deputy General Counsel, AIG; Former Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Former Central Intelligence Agency General Counsel; Former Acting Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice; Former Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs in the Office of White House Counsel

Jamil Jaffer, Vice President for Strategy & Business Development at IronNet Cybersecurity and Adjunct Professor of Law and Director of the Homeland and National Security Law Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, 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

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

Craig Silliman, Executive Vice President of Public Policy and General Counsel, Verizon Communications, Inc.; Former Senior Vice President for policy and government affairs

John Sparks, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, former Military Assistant and Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Navy, former Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council, former Special Assistant for Civil Rights to the Secretary of Agriculture, former Principal Deputy General Counsel for the Department of the Navy

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, General Counsel, Department of the Army; Former Executive Director, National Association of Attorneys General and Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (ret.); Former General Counsel, Counterintelligence Field Activity and former Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy.

Advisory 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 

Charles Allen, Deputy General Counsel, International Affairs Department, U.S. Department of Defense

James A. Baker, 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

Stevan Bunnell, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers; Former General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Former Chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington D.C.

Robert Eatinger, 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.

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. 

M. Tia Johnson, Colonel, Judge Advocate US Army, (ret.) Visiting Professor of Law and a Visiting Fellow, Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law, Distinguished Fellow, Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. 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. 

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.

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

Stephen Preston, Partner, 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.

David Skaggs, Senior Advisor, Dentons US, vice-chair of the National Endowment for Democracy board, and Chair of the Board of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Office of Congressional Ethics. Former member of U.S. House from Colorado’s Second District and three-term member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Allison Stevens, 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

Frances Townsend, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs, MacAndrews & Forbes; Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chair of the Homeland Security Council; Former Deputy National Security Advisor.

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.

Stephen Vladeck, Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law, senior Editor of the Journal of National Security Law, and Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

Mary Ellen Williams, Judge, United States Court of Federal Claims, and Professor, Catholic University Columbus School of Law and Johns Hopkins University.

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.

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, 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.

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, Federal Appellate 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.   


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

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; Former Deputy Legal Adviser, Department of State.

Harvey Rishikof, Director of Policy and Cyber Research at the University of Maryland Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), Affiliate Practice Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, 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; 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 S. Sessions, Retired Partner, Holland and Knight; Former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Former U.S. District Judge and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas. 

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

Cynthia R. Ryan (2018-)

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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