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Awards

The Standing Committee honors the contribution of exceptional practitioners of national security law.

The Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security

The Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security, established by the Standing Committee on Law and National Security in 1997, honors the memory of Morris I. Leibman, a distinguished lawyer, co-founder of the Standing Committee, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Award recognizes the examples of Mr. Leibman’s lifelong dedication to the rule of law, leadership in the field of law and national security affairs, and continuing support for those engaged in the field.

Persons eligible for the Award must have demonstrated a sustained commitment to and made exceptional contributions to the field of law and national security; whether through government service, legal scholarship or otherwise, their professional accomplishments must have notably benefitted or advanced the field of law and national security affairs.

Nomination Criteria and Application Requirements

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(November 18,2022) Stephen Dycus (left), William C. Banks (center) Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker (Right)

(November 18,2022) Stephen Dycus (left), William C. Banks (center) Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker (Right)

Photo courtesy of Professor Robert Turner

Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker

The Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security is made to Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker for her numerous contributions and achievements as set forth in the following citation:

Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Dean Emerita of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, has made unparalleled contributions to the field of national security law in her impressive career and is among the foremost practitioners, scholars, and experts in national security law over four decades. Her contributions to the field are vast, including extensive service in government as General Counsel of NSA and CIA and principal deputy legal advisor at the Department of State. She was twice appointed to the Public Interest Declassification Board, and served on the DNI Senior Advisory Group. She also served as Executive Director and CEO of the State Bar of California. During her tenure at McGeorge, she was instrumental in creating the well-regarded Journal of National Security Law and Policy and was a leader in the successful effort to establish a National Security Law and Policy section within the Association of American Law Schools. She brought with her to each position a strong commitment to the Constitution and the protections that it affords. She has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the MITRE Corporation, a member of the Executive Board of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and a member of the advisory board of the Reiss Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law, among many other affiliations. She serves as a consultant with the Defending Democratic Institutions Project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and is a compelling advocate for civic education in the U.S. education system as a national security imperative. Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker is a respected practitioner, a leader in developing the field of national security law, a dedicated promoter of the rule of law, and a role model and mentor to countless national security lawyers. Despite her many accomplishments, her commitment to the field continues unabated as do her contributions. Her judgement, temperament, wisdom, and passion continue to inspire others. It is a special honor for the Standing Committee on Law and National Security to award the Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security to Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker in further acknowledgement of her life’s work. 

Stephen Dycus

The Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security is made to Stephen Dycus for his many contributions and achievements set forth in the following citation:

A founding architect of the academic discipline of National Security Law and lead author of the seminal casebooks in the field, Steve Dycus has defined and shaped the contours of what counts as National Security Law. His books are used in more than 100 law schools. He co-authored a seminal work, Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military and is the co-founder and was co-editor in chief of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. As the world became ever more dangerous and the need for lawyers educated in National Security Law became more exigent, Steve worked prodigiously to engage with other law professors and national security professionals to inquire about new developments, seek feedback on the legal issues he believed were of central importance, and spread the word about the emerging field of National Security Law in U.S. legal education. Through the 1990s and into the new century, he continues to make a significant contribution in assuring that National Security Law is a seminal part of the Law curriculum. After 9/11, the co-authors of the National Security Law textbook worked under Steve’s leadership to expand the efforts toward a new casebook in Counterterrorism Law, which also has been widely adopted in American law schools. The books’ dynamic content has required that Steve constantly revisit the tables of contents and provide annual supplements and even more frequent online updates for both casebooks. Steve also spearheaded and became the founding chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) section on National Security Law. He served as a consultant to the US Department of Energy on the clean-up of nuclear weapons complexes and was a member of the National Academies committee on cyber warfare. He is also a member of the American Law Institute. His personal commitment and the impressive record of his professional accomplishments constitute an enduring legacy that will benefit and advance the field of law and national security for years to come. His career reflects the highest credit upon himself and upon the American legal profession and it is most  fitting to present the Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security to Stephen Dycus. 

(2013) James McPherson (Left), Judge William Sessions (center) and Harvey Rishikof (Right)

(2013) James McPherson (Left), Judge William Sessions (center) and Harvey Rishikof (Right)

Liebman Award Recipients

The Award was presented for the first time in the Fall of 1997, posthumously to John H. McNeill (Department of Defense) at the Committee’s “Annual Review of the field of National Security Law” Conference. It has been awarded 11 times.

1997

John H. McNeill

U.S. Department of Defense

1999

Mark Richard and Judge Robinson Everett

U.S. Department of Justice (Richard) and Duke University School of Law (Everett)

2004

Dan McMichael

Founding Associate of the Committee

2006

Howard Levie

Adjunct Professor, Naval War College

2010

Richard Friedman

Senior Fellow, Urban and National Security Affairs, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

2012

John Norton Moore

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

2013

The Honorable William S. Sessions

Founding Member, The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment

2015

The Honorable Robert S. Mueller III

Partner, WilmerHale, Former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

2022

Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker

Dean Emerita of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, former General Counsel NSA and CIA

2022

Stephen Dycus

Professor of Law Emeritus, Vermont Law School

The William H. Webster Profiles in Leadership Awards

The Standing Committee on Law and National Security was proud to join with The National Economic Security Alliance in cosponsoring The William H. Webster Profiles in Leadership Awards.  Held on Friday, October 7, 2022, this prestigious awards program tracks Judge Webster’s seven decades of patriotic public service and is focused on recognizing individuals who have maintained the highest standards of public service, trademarks of Judge Webster’s dedicated service to the country.

(October 7, 2022) Harvey Rishikof  (left), Holly McMahon (center) and the Honorable William Webster (Right)

(October 7, 2022) Harvey Rishikof (left), Holly McMahon (center) and the Honorable William Webster (Right)