Lawyers Stephen Dycus and Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker were presented with the Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security at a 60th Anniversary Dinner held at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C., following the 32nd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference.
The award, which recognizes lawyers who have demonstrated a sustained commitment and made exceptional contributions to the field of national security law, honors the memory of Morris I. Leibman, a distinguished lawyer and co-founder of the Standing Committee on Law and National Security and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, who died in 1992.
“Stephen Dycus and Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker have devoted their impressive careers to the study and practice of national security law,” said William Banks, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security. “Both have been tireless in their service to the national security law community.”
Dycus is professor of law emeritus at Vermont Law School and a founding architect of the academic discipline of national security law. He is lead author of the casebooks “National Security Law” and “Counterterrorism Law,” now in their 7th and 4th editions, respectively.
Dycus co-authored “Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military” and is co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. He served on the advisory committee of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, is founding chair of the Association of American Law Schools section on national security law and was a member of the National Academies committee on cyber warfare. He is a member of the American Law Institute and served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy on the cleanup of nuclear weapons complexes. His award was presented by Peter Raven Hansen, law professor emeritus at George Washington Law School.
Rindskopf Parker is a nonresident senior adviser with the Defending Democratic Institutions project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and dean emerita at the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, California. Prior to becoming dean in 2002, Rindskopf Parker served as general counsel for the University of Wisconsin, general counsel of the National Security Agency (1984-1989), principal deputy legal adviser at the Department of State (1989-1990) and general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency (1990-1995).
Rindskopf Parker is a counselor to the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security and served as chair from 1998 to 2001. Her award was presented by Suzanne Spaulding, director of Defending Democratic Institutions project at Center for Strategic and International Studies.