Itamar Mann studies national security law, immigration, and legal theory. His dissertation explores the foundations of human rights through a history of international legal responses to "boat people" since the mid 20th century. At Georgetown, he will also be working on projects on the regulation of technology professionals developing advanced weapon systems, and on the law pertaining to hunger strikes. In 2010-2011, Itamar was awarded Yale Law School's Bernstein fellowship for International Human Rights, and conducted field research in Greece and Turkey. Before that, he practiced as a lawyer in Israel, and was active particularly in cases concerning the rights of security prisoners, and those of detained asylum seekers. Itamar holds an L.L.B. from Tel Aviv University, where he also studied philosophy, and an L.L.M. from Yale Law School, where he is completing his J.S.D.
Babak Siavoshy is a Non-Resident Fellow at Georgetown's Center on National Security and the Law, where he was a Resident Scholar in the fall of 2009. Babak's academic and professional interests center on the legal and policy implications of emerging technologies, particularly as they impact privacy and civil liberties. He currently works as a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties team at Palantir Technologies, a data analytics software company based in Palo Alto, California.
Prior to joining Palantir, Babak was a fellow and supervising attorney at the Samuelson Law, Technology &Public Policy Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Law where he counseled public interest clients on digital civil liberties and intellectual property matters. He previously worked on consumer privacy issues for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and as an associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington D.C. While at O'Melveny & Myers Babak co-wrote the Respondent's merit's brief before the Supreme Court in the landmark fourth amendment case United States v. Jones.
Babak served as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, earning bachelor's degrees in English and in philosophy in 2004, and a law degree in 2008.
Jennifer Daskal is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center, and a former Research Fellow with the Center. Daskal joined American University Washington College of Law (WCL) in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Law. She teaches and writes in the fields of criminal law, national security law, and constitutional law. From 2009-2011, Daskal was counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice and, among other things, served on the Secretary of Defense and Attorney General-led Detention Policy Task Force. Prior to joining DOJ, she was the senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, worked as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and clerked for the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff. She spent two years before joining WCL's faculty as a national security law fellow and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center.Daskal is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard Law School, and Cambridge University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include Pre-Crime Restraints: The Explosion of Targeted, Non-Custodial Prevention, 99 Cornell L. Rev. 327 (2014), After the AUMF, 5 Harvard Nat'l Sec. L. J. 115 (2014) (co-authored with Steve Vladeck), and The Geography of the Battlefield: A Framework for Detention and Targeting Outside the 'Hot' Conflict Zone, 171 Penn. L. Rev. 1165 (2013). Daskal has published op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, L.A. Times, and Salon.com, and she has appeared on BBC, C-Span, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR, among other media outlets. She is Founding Editor of and regular contributor to the recently launched Just Security blog.
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John Benton is an associate in the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown's Banking & Finance practice. John's practice is focused on structured finance, derivatives, and insurance regulatory issues and transactions. His clients include financial institutions, industry trade groups, and derivatives end-users. John has represented clients in a variety of equipment securitization, receivables financing, and residential mortgage repurchase agreement transactions. Additionally, he has experience representing various transaction parties in litigation and workouts related to RMBS transactions. In addition to his work in the Banking & Finance practice, John has represented Iraqi nationals wishing to immigrate to the United States through the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies.
John graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2010 and worked as a national security research assistant to Professor Laura Donohue at the Law Center prior to joining Mayer Brown. He served as a recalcitrant US Senator in the inaugural national security simulation and has been involved in each new iteration of the simulation as a storyline writer and member of the Control Team.
C. Jeffers Boggs
C. Jeffers Boggs is a native of South Carolina and graduated summa cum laude from Converse College with a B.A. in History and Politics and a minor in Philosophy in 2009. Before beginning law school in 2011, she worked with the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations as a Special Projects Assistant, where she assisted in the planning of cultural excursions to the Middle East while managing the organization's internal servers and graphic design needs. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2014, where she was a participant in the 2013 National Security Crisis Law Simulation as well as the 2014 Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition. Jeffers was also a member of the GULC Pro Bono Board, a Global Teaching Fellow, a Senior Articles Editor for the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, and participated in the Community Justice Clinic. During her time at Georgetown she interned with the New Orleans Public Defenders Office, the South Carolina Attorney General's Office, and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Jeffers commissioned as a an ensign in the United States Naval Reserves in December 2013 and is projected to go into active duty with the Naval Judge Advocate General Corps upon successfully completing her training this fall. In her spare time she is an avid runner and enjoys lobster fishing with her father's family in the Florida Keys.
Andrew Christy is currently a fellow at the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and has served as a law clerk for Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and an intern at the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. In previous National Security Crisis Law simulations, he has been both a participant and a member of the Control Team.
Zac Garthe was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, where he also attended college at Regis University. While there he double majored in Chemistry and Politics, and was active in extra-curricular organizations including Student Government and the Rugby Club. Before coming to Georgetown to study law, he worked as a chemist with Agilent Technologies, Inc. synthesizing pharmaceuticals. In previous years, he has participated in this simulation as a member of the Senate and anchor on VNN. While at Georgetown, he coached Georgetown's team in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition to win the World Championship in Beijing, China. He also served the student body as Attorney General for the Student Bar Association. Currently, Zac is an attorney in DC at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP.
Alix Holtsclaw graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and is joining the United States Air Force JAG Corps. She received a B.A. from Lafayette College and a M.P.A. from the University of Oklahoma. While at Georgetown she was a founding member of the National Security Law Society and worked for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the DoD Office of General Counsel's Acquisition &Logistics Division, and the Smithsonian Institution. Prior to law school she worked as a management analyst at the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Harry Koulos graduated cum laude and with distinction in history from Yale in 2011, where he played on the varsity baseball team, and cum laude from Georgetown Law in 2014. Harry has interned for the FBI's National Security Law Branch, D.C. District Court Judge Beryl Howell, the Air Force JAG Corps, and the DOJ's Torts Branch. Through Georgetown's Appellate Litigation Clinic, Harry helped brief and secure a reversal in Schnitzler v. United States--a case about a prisoner's right to renounce U.S. citizenship--in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In addition, the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy has published two of Harry's pieces: Congress, the President, and the Power to Initiate War: Is a Culture Change on the Horizon? (2014), as well as Attacked by Our Own Government: Does the War Powers Resolution or the Law of Armed Conflict Limit Cyber Strikes Against Social Media Companies? (2013).
Harry grew up in Long Beach, California. Proud of his heritage, Harry is also an avid Greek folk dancer and a member of the Greek National Baseball Team. Harry is clerking for Thomas Varlan, Chief Judge, Eastern District of Tennessee, and will join Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City in fall 2015.
Ron Krock is a joint J.D./LL.M. student in the Securities &Financial Regulation Program at Georgetown University Law Center. Originally from New Jersey, he spent his college years in sunny Stanford, California, where he studied history with a focus in constitutional and early American history. Ron has sampled widely from Georgetown's national security course offerings, taking classes in crisis and domestic preparedness law, FISA, and NSS legal process. He has twice participated in Georgetown's national security crisis simulations, both times in the capacity of White House Director of Legislative Affairs, and looks forward to contributing to the program's continued success in the future.
Ansley Lacitis recently received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is currently completing an LL.M. in National Security Law. Before law school, Ansley spent numerous cycles working on political campaigns across the United States, eventually co-founding The Allies Group. Always the political junkie, Ansley periodically consulted on political campaigns while in law school. When not consulting, Ansley worked at Communications Consortium Media Center, the Executive Office of National Drug Control Policy, a U.S. Attorney's office, and the Senate Budget Committee. She is a Political Partner at the Truman National Security Project and was part of the team representing Georgetown Law in its inaugural National Security Crisis Invitational. Born and raised in Seattle, Ansley is a proud graduate of the University of Washington. In her free time, Ansley enjoys hanging out with her dog, Teddy, playing basketball, talking up Washington State, and exploring all that DC has to offer.
Tom McSorley is a 2012 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a two-time alumnus of the National Security Crisis Law SIM, where he has twice participated as the mayor of a major American city having a very bad day. After law school, Tom clerked for the Hon. Catherine C. Blake on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in Baltimore. Tom is now an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP in the firm's Government Contracts, National and Homeland Security, and Telecommunications practices. As part of his practice, Tom advises clients on federal laws and regulations related to electronic surveillance and data privacy, including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Tom also advises clients on trade sanctions compliance, particularly on new sanctions implemented in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Before law school, Tom taught high school special education as a Teach For America corps member in Washington, DC.
Christopher Morgan-Riess is a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security. His current portfolio includes the Defense Production Act, Information Sharing Environment integration, and Legislative review. Christopher graduated from Georgetown Law in May of 2013. During his time at Georgetown he concentrated on national security law, served as a submissions editor on the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, and served as the Attorney General for the Student Bar Association. Prior to attending Georgetown Christopher served in the United States Marine Corps from 2004-2009, deploying twice with the Eleventh Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Sarah Mortazavi is a Georgetown Law graduate and is currently clerking for Chief Judge Baker at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, DC. She received her college degree in 2009 from Harvard University, and her law degree from Georgetown Law in 2013.
Katherine (Katy) Pasieta graduated from the University of Chicago in 1999 and the University of San Diego School of Law in 2002. She earned a LL.M. in National Security Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2013. Katy has served as a Navy judge advocate for ten years, with the current rank of lieutenant commander. Past assignments include defense counsel in Pensacola, Florida; counsel to Commander, Navy Region Southwest Asia in the Kingdom of Bahrain; litigation attorney at Navy JAG headquarters civil defense division in Washington, D.C.; operational and international law attorney at U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii; and Deputy Executive Assistant to the Judge Advocate General in Washington, D.C. Katy is currently detailed to the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Associate Deputy General Counsel (Intelligence) Office of the General Counsel.
Aaron Pennekamp—a proud double Hoya—is a 2013 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and a 2005 graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. He currently serves as a law clerk to Judge John D. Bates of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. At Georgetown Law, Aaron was the editor-in-chief of Volume 100 of The Georgetown Law Journal. The Journal published his note, Standards of Engagement: Rethinking Rules of Engagement to More Effectively Fight Counterinsurgency Campaigns, 101 Geo. L.J. 1619, in August 2013. After graduation, Aaron clerked for Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and next year Aaron will clerk for Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the United States Supreme Court. Aaron is also a First Lieutenant in the Virginia Army National Guard. He deployed to Iraq in 2010 as an infantry rifle platoon leader, and he most recently served as the scout platoon leader for the 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Lynchburg, Virginia. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Lisa Lowry.
Logan Perel serves as Intelligence Counsel for the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity, Mr. Perel provides legal advice and counsel regarding the management and operations of the Department's Intelligence Enterprise. Mr. Perel also provides dedicated legal support to the Department's Security, Counterintelligence, and Information Safeguarding programs. Mr. Perel previously served as Assistant Counsel to the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Perel earned his J.D.,cum laude, and his National Security Law LL.M.,with distinction, at Georgetown and his B.A.,cum laude, in Political Science at the University of Florida. Mr. Perel is a member of the Florida Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
John Paul Schnapper-Casteras practices law in the Washington office of Sidley Austin LLP, specializing in appellate and complex commercial litigation. He also serves as a Trustee of the American University of Iraq and is a regular commentator on international affairs. Prior to joining Sidley Austin, Mr. Schnapper-Casteras served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and as a law clerk to the Honorable Scott W. Stucky of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He received his J.D. with Pro Bono Distinction from Stanford Law School, where he won the Walter J. Cummings Award for Best Brief as a Finalist in the Kirkwood Moot Court Competition, was a member of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, and served as Managing Editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. He holds an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and an M.A. in Sociology and B.A. with honors in Political Science from Stanford University.
Alan L. Schuller
Major Alan L. Schuller, U.S. Marine Corps, graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1998 and served as an artillery officer from 2000 to 2003. He attended the University of Nebraska College of Law and earned his J.D., with distinction, in 2006. Major Schuller then served as a Trial Counsel, Company Commander, and Senior Defense Counsel at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. In 2009 Major Schuller transferred to Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, California, where he served as the Military Justice Officer until he deployed to Afghanistan. Major Schuller served as the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) in Helmand Province for most of 2010. Upon return from deployment, Major Schuller served as the Deputy SJA, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing. In 2013 he earned an LL.M., with distinction, from the Georgetown University Law Center, and was awarded the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S.J., Prize in National Security Law. Major Schuller then deployed to serve as the SJA for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response. Upon his return in 2014, he assumed his current position as SJA of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Major Schuller's article Inimical Inceptions of Imminence: A New Approach to Anticipatory Self-Defense Under the Law of Armed Conflict, is pending publication in the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. Major Schuller enjoys grilling and ultrarunning.
Amanda Wall graduated from Georgetown Law cum laude in 2012, and is an alumnus of three prior National Security Law Simulations. She received her BA in Political Science with honors and her MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and is currently serving as an Attorney-Adviser for Human Rights and Refugees in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. The views expressed are her own views and not necessarily those of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Government.