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Mary McCord


Senior Litigator from Practice, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Visiting Professor of Law

Mary McCord serves as Senior Litigator from Practice at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown...

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Mary McCord serves as Senior Litigator from Practice at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. McCord was the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2016 to 2017 and served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division (NSD) from 2014 to 2016.

Joining NSD put McCord in charge of the Division’s nearly 400 employees, who collectively are tasked with carrying out the counterterrorism, counterespionage, and counterintelligence functions of the Justice Department. In her post, McCord interacted with the 94 U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country.

Previously, McCord worked for nearly twenty years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Among other positions, she served as a Deputy Chief in the Appellate Division, overseeing and arguing hundreds of cases in the U.S. and District of Columbia Courts of Appeals.

She also served as the Criminal Division Chief, where she oversaw all criminal prosecutions in federal district court. McCord graduated from Georgetown University Law School and subsequently served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

In the News

 "Mosby signs on to brief opposing cash bail, which city prosecutors no longer seek," coverage by Baltimore Sun, November 21, 2017, quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord, litigator from practice, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.

"Georgetown Law Institute Sues to Prevent Paramilitary Groups' Return to Charlottesville," coverage by Public, October 30, 2017, quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

 "Lawsuit seeks to prevent paramilitary groups from rallying in Charlottesville", coverage by CNN, October 16, 2017, interviewing Professor Mary McCord. 

"Q&A: Lawyers Sue White Supremacist 'Paramilitaries' in Wake of Charlottesville," by the National Law Journal, October 13, 2017, featuring Visting Professors Joshua Geltzer and McCord.

"Q&A: Lawyers Sue White Supremacist 'Paramilitaries' in Wake of Charlottesville," coverage in The National Law Journal, October 13, 2017, featuring Visiting Professors Joshua Geltzer and Mary McCord.

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 "Mosby signs on to brief opposing cash bail, which city prosecutors no longer seek," coverage by Baltimore Sun, November 21, 2017, quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord, litigator from practice, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.

"Georgetown Law Institute Sues to Prevent Paramilitary Groups' Return to Charlottesville," coverage by Public, October 30, 2017, quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

 "Lawsuit seeks to prevent paramilitary groups from rallying in Charlottesville", coverage by CNN, October 16, 2017, interviewing Professor Mary McCord. 

"Q&A: Lawyers Sue White Supremacist 'Paramilitaries' in Wake of Charlottesville," by the National Law Journal, October 13, 2017, featuring Visting Professors Joshua Geltzer and McCord.

"Q&A: Lawyers Sue White Supremacist 'Paramilitaries' in Wake of Charlottesville," coverage in The National Law Journal, October 13, 2017, featuring Visiting Professors Joshua Geltzer and Mary McCord.

"Charlottesville sues to prevent future neo-Nazi rallies," coverage in The Washington Times, October 12, 2017, featuring Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

"Charlottesville Sues White Nationalist Rally Organizers To Stop Alleged Paramilitary Activity," coverage in BuzzFeed News, October 12, 2017, featuring Visiting Professors Joshua Geltzer and Mary McCord.

"City joins suit to prevent armed citizen mobilizations," coverage in The Daily Progress, October 12, 2017, featuring Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

"Charlottesville officials join Va. lawsuit to bar activity by private military groups," coverage in The Washington Post, October 12, 2017, featuring Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

"Suit: White nationalists, militias in Charlottesville were illegal paramilitaries who must be banned," coverage in Think Progress, October 12, 2017, featuring Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

"Militia madness: City files suit against August 12 participants," coverage in C-Ville, October 12, 2017, featuring Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

"Charlottesville files lawsuit to prevent return of paramilitary groups," coverage on CBS 19 News, October 12, 2017, featuring Visiting Professors Joshua Geltzer and Mary McCord.

"Charlottesville suing to stop private militias at future rallies," coverage on CNN, October 12, 2017, featuring Visiting Professors Joshua Geltzer and Mary McCord.

"Constitutional law institute opens in Georgetown University," coverage by WTOP, August 9, 2017, featuring the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and Professor Neal Katyal and Visiting Professors Joshua Geltzer and Mary McCord. The new institute's opening was also covered by the ABA Journal and NPR.

"Lawyers Launch Initiative To Challenge Executive Power," an interview with Visiting Professors Joshua Geltzer and Mary McCord, and mentions of Professor Neal Katyal, on NPR, August 9, 2017.

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