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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

"How mistakes by state and local prosecutors can lead to unfair trials. The lessons of Corey DeWayne Williams's case," an opinion piece in the Washington Post, May 22, 2018, by Douglas Letter, Visiting Professor of Law and Mary McCord, Senior Litigator from Practice, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Visiting Professor of Law.  

"He was 16 when Louisiana charged him with murder. Two decades later, he’s free," coverage by the Washington Post, May 22, 2018, quoting Mary McCord, Senior Litigator from Practice, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and Visiting Professor of Law.

"White supremacist groups cite First Amendment rights in battling against Charlottesville lawsuit," by the Washington Times, May 20, 2018, quoting Mary McCord,Senior Litigator from Practice, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Visiting Professor of Law. 

"Facing lawsuit, more militia groups agree to avoid Charlottesville," coverage on WHSV, May 16, 2018, featuring Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

"Why Is Charlottesville Suing Two Anti-Racist Groups Over Last Year's Violent "Unite the Right" Rally?," coverage by Truth-out.org, April 29, 2018, quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord and mentioning Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.

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"How mistakes by state and local prosecutors can lead to unfair trials. The lessons of Corey DeWayne Williams's case," an opinion piece in the Washington Post, May 22, 2018, by Douglas Letter, Visiting Professor of Law and Mary McCord, Senior Litigator from Practice, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Visiting Professor of Law.  

"He was 16 when Louisiana charged him with murder. Two decades later, he’s free," coverage by the Washington Post, May 22, 2018, quoting Mary McCord, Senior Litigator from Practice, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and Visiting Professor of Law.

"White supremacist groups cite First Amendment rights in battling against Charlottesville lawsuit," by the Washington Times, May 20, 2018, quoting Mary McCord,Senior Litigator from Practice, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Visiting Professor of Law. 

"Facing lawsuit, more militia groups agree to avoid Charlottesville," coverage on WHSV, May 16, 2018, featuring Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

"Why Is Charlottesville Suing Two Anti-Racist Groups Over Last Year's Violent "Unite the Right" Rally?," coverage by Truth-out.org, April 29, 2018, quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord and mentioning Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.

"Were the Austin Bombings Acts of Terrorism? Why Law Enforcement Says No," coverage in The New York Times, March 22, 2018, featuring Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

"How anti-paramilitary laws may have kept Tennessee rallies from turning violent," coverage by Tennessean, March 5, 2018, quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

"A top al-Qaeda operative is about to be sentenced for killing U.S. troops 15 years ago in Afghanistan," coverage by The Washington Post, February 14, 2018, quoting Visting Professor Mary McCord.

"Keeping out the militia: Law group says legal remedies exist to prevent another August 12, " coverage by C-ville, February 14, 2018, featuring Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection research and quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

"As Trump attacks U.S. law enforcement, another top official quits," coverage by Reuters, February 9, 2018, quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

"The State Laws That Might Prevent Another Charlottesville," coverage by City Lab, February 9, 2018, featuring a Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection research and quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

"All 50 states have the power to prevent another Charlottesville, Georgetown Law research finds," reported by Southern Poverty Law Center, February 8, 2018, featuring Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection research and quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

"The real reason a Tennessee town dodged a Charlottesville repeat. Others can, too," coverage by McClatchy, February 8, 2018, featuring Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord. Story also covered by The Washington TImes, February 8, 2018, The Hoya, February 9, 2018, and Reveal News, February 9, 2018.

"Senior Justice Dept. official resigns," coverage in The Washington Post, February 7, 2018, quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord, senior litigator, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.

 

"More plaintiffs join rally-related lawsuits," coverage by The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.), January 14, 2018, quoting Visiting Professor Mary McCord.

 "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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