Professor William Banks
Professor Bill Banks is the Founding Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University, as well as a Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University College of Law. A teacher and scholar at SU for nearly four decades, under his leadership, INSCT has risen from its inception in 2003 to become a recognized leader in interdisciplinary research and education on national and international security and terrorism.
A highly regarded and internationally recognized scholar, topics of Banks’ wide-ranging research include national security and counterterrorism law; laws of war and asymmetric warfare; drones and targeted killing; cybersecurity, cyberespionage, and cyber conflict; human security; emergency and war powers; emergency preparedness and response; civilian-military relations; and government surveillance and privacy.
Among his other major works, Banks is the co-author most recently of Constitutional Law: Structure and Rights in Our Federal System (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2018; with Rod Smolla) and Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military (Harvard, 2016; with Stephen Dycus). He is the author, co-author, and/or editor of numerous other titles, including National Security Law (Aspen, 2016) and Counterterrorism Law (Aspen, 2016)—books that have helped set the parameters for these fields of study—as well as Counterinsurgency Law: New Directions in Asymmetric Warfare (Oxford UP, 2012) and New Battlefields/Old Laws: Critical Debates on Asymmetric Warfare (Columbia UP, 2011).
The subjects of Banks’ more than 150 published book chapters and articles range from the military use of unmanned aerial vehicles and the role of the military in domestic affairs, to cyberespionage and the FISA court. Recent writing includes “Law Enforcement by Military Means in the United States: Soldiers as Peacekeepers and Cops, Cops as Soldiers”; “Who Did It? Attribution of Cyber Intrusions and the Jus In Bello“; “Next Generation Electronic Surveillance Law: Imagining the Future”; “State Responsibility and Attribution of Cyber Intrusions After Tallinn 2.0”; “Developing Norms for Cyber Conflict”; “An Emerging International Legal Architecture for Cyber Conflict”; and “New Generation Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Law: Renewing 702”
Professor Banks is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on National Security and the Law.
Mara Redlich Revkin is a Fellow at Georgetown’s National Security Law Center. As both a legal scholar and political scientist, she conducts empirical research on international humanitarian law, counter-terrorism law and policy, transitional justice, criminal law, and comparative law with a regional focus on the Middle East.
She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, where her dissertation on the Islamic State (IS)’s system of governance in Iraq and Syria and its post-conflict consequences includes articles on (1) IS’s system of taxation, (2) civilian experiences with and perceptions of IS rule, and (3) Iraqi public opinion concerning punishment, forgiveness, and reintegration of individuals who have been detained by Iraqi authorities on charges of collaborating with IS.
This dissertation is based on an original dataset documenting IS’s governance activities across time and space, a door-to-door survey of 1,458 residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul, and in-depth interviews with more than 300 Syrians and Iraqis who lived in IS-controlled areas conducted during 18 months of fieldwork in Turkey and Iraq. During her dissertation research, she served as the lead researcher on Iraq and Syria for United Nations University, the research wing of the UN system, for two related projects on (1) child recruitment by armed groups and (2) post-IS transitional justice.
Dr. Clare Sullivan
Dr. Clare Sullivan is a cyber-law lawyer specializing in digital identity, privacy and cyber security. Professor Sullivan has a PhD in cyber- law and was awarded both a Fulbright scholarship and an Australian government Endeavour Fellowship for her research in this field.
She is the author of internationally published articles on digital identity and cyber security in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia. Dr. Sullivan’s publications include ‘In the Public Interest’, ‘Digital Identity Digital Citizenship and the Right to Digital Identity under International Law’, Computer Law and Security Review, and ‘The 2014 Sony Hack and the Role of International Law Digital Citizen Rights,’ Georgetown University and Syracuse University Institute For National Security And Counterterrorism, Journal of National Security and the Law (2016). She also authored the first report on international trade-based money laundering, and ‘Digital Identity’, the first international legal study of the legal implications of digital identity for individuals, businesses and government. She is a 2016-2018 Fulbright Ambassador as well as a consultant for the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, for the ‘A Legal Identity for All’ initiative for the 54 Commonwealth Countries. Dr. Sullivan is currently a PI on two research projects at Georgetown University. The first is the International Sharing project for a consortium of US multinational corporations which examines the legal implications of the sharing of cyber threat information internationally. The second is a project for the US Department of Defense which considers the implications of the Estonian e-Residency initiative on US national and international security.
Prior to joining Georgetown University, Professor Sullivan was faculty at the University of South Australia and prior to that she was in legal practice in Australia and internationally with Baker & McKenzie.
Dr. Diane Webber
Dr. Diane Webber earned her LL.M and S.J.D. at Georgetown Law. She specializes in analyzing counter-terrorism tools from a comparative perspective. She is currently working on a study of the use and effectiveness of education about religion and human rights in K-12 schools in the United States, United Kingdom and France, as a counter-radicalization tool. Her publications include: “Preventive Detention of Terror Suspects: A New Legal Framework,” Routledge (2016);”Extradition to the United States: A Long Road to Justice,” Henry Jackson Society, May 2015;”Hassan v. United Kingdom: A new approach to security detention in armed conflict?” American Society of International Law Insights, April 2, 2015;”Preventive Detention in the Law of Armed Conflict: Throwing Away the Key?” 6 Journal of National Security Law and Policy 167 (2012);”Education as a Counterterrorism Tool and the Curious Case of the Texas School Book Resolution,” 11 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class 271 (Fall 2011);”Can We Find and Stop the ‘Jihad Janes’?” 19 Cardozo Journal of International &Comparative Law 91 (2011); and “Extreme Measures: Does the U.S. Need Preventive Detention to Combat Domestic Terrorism? A Comparison of Preventive Detention Models in U.S., U.K., France &Israel,” 14 Touro International Law Review 128 (2010).
Nadia Asancheyev joined the Center from private practice in New York, where she was a litigator focusing on white collar criminal defense. Previously, Nadia was a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Owen, on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She has extensive experience in a variety of national security concerns, including the state secrets privilege, Guantanamo detainee issues, including Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, and on behalf of four Chinese Uighur detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo. Nadia holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was the Articles Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.
John Benton is an attorney with the United States Department of Defense. Previously, John was an associate in the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown LLP’s Banking & Finance practice where he focused on structured finance, derivatives, and insurance litigation, regulation, and transactions. In addition, 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 law research assistant to Law Center Professor Laura Donohue 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.
Alan Cohn is of counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, an international law firm, where he focuses on legal issues associated with cybersecurity, cyber risk management and risk allocation, emerging technologies, and national security reviews of inbound foreign investment. He is also president and principal of adc/strategy.works, where he provides insight and knowledge concerning complex governance and risk management challenges such as cybersecurity and cyber risk management, and helps companies better understand national and homeland security issues. From 2006 to 2015, Alan served in senior policy and management positions at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Most recently, Alan served as Assistant Secretary responsible for strategy and risk assessment, and second-in-charge overall of the DHS Office of Policy.
Alan has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Craig Forcese is a full professor at the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), University of Ottawa (Canada). He is also an Adjunct Research Professor & Senior Fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University (Canada) (from 2017 to 2022); a National Security Crisis Law Fellow, Center on National Security and the Law, Georgetown Law (Washington DC) (from 2017 to 2020); and, Senior Associate, Global Justice Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (Canada) (2016 to 2018). Craig sits on the executive on the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS), and is a board member (and past president) of both the Canadian Council on International Law and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers. At uOttawa, Craig teaches public international law, national security law, administrative law and constitutional law. He also co-teaches advanced international law and relations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. He co-organizes and co-instructs the Canadian component of Georgetown Law’s National Security Crisis Law course and simulation. Craig has a B.A. from McGill University, an M.A. from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, an LL.B. (J.D.) (summa cum laude) from University of Ottawa and an LL.M. from Yale University. He is a member in good standing of the bars of Ontario, New York and the District of Columbia.
Philip Lockwood works in the Washington, D.C. office of Clifford Chance US LLP, where he focuses on regulatory advising and investigations in the fields of technology, cybersecurity, and economic sanctions. Philip has served in the Canadian Armed Forces since 2005 and is currently on exchange with the US Army National Guard under the Reserve Foreign Training Program. He left active duty in 2013 to attend Georgetown University Law Center, where he received his law degree in 2016. Philip completed his undergraduate studies in piano and international relations at the University of British Columbia. Previously, he worked at Odgers Berndtson and NATO’s SHAPE.
Sarah Mortazavi is an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Sarah previously clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces for Chief Judge Baker and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for Judge Howell before joining WilmerHale. Sarah graduated from Harvard University in 2009 and the Georgetown University Law Center in 2013.
Mark P. Nevitt is a Navy commander and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. A 1997 graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Mark was commissioned as a naval officer via the Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Corps program, and served for the next several years as a naval flight officer in a San Diego, California-based aircraft squadron—accumulating more than 290 aircraft carrier-arrested landings and participating in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Southern Watch. Mark attended law school through the Navy’s Law Education Program, receiving his J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the Georgetown University Law Center. His Navy JAG assignments have included serving as a defense counsel in Lemoore, California; operational law attorney with the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy; and the Department of Defense’s Regional Environmental Counsel in Norfolk, Virginia. During his tenure in Norfolk, Mark tackled emerging legal and policy issues posed by the intersection of climate change and national security, among other things playing a lead role in the Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Pilot Project—an intergovernmental initiative to develop a whole-of-government approach to sea-level-rise preparedness in Hampton Roads. Mark’s writing examines civilian control of military institutions generally, with a focus on the intersection of environmental, international, and national security law. He is the recent author of a book chapter on environmental law in military operations in U.S. Military Operations: Law Policy, and Practice (Oxford University Press 2015). His publications have also appeared in the Cardozo Law Review, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, and the Hawaii Law Review.
Alan L. Schuller
Lieutenant Colonel Alan L. Schuller, U.S. Marine Corps, served as an artillery officer before becoming a judge advocate. He has performed duties as a prosecutor, defense counsel, and unit commander. Lt Col Schuller served as the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) while deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. He deployed in 2013 as the SJA for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response in support of operations in U.S. Africa Command. He deployed again in 2014 as SJA of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and supported operations in U.S. Central Command. Lt Col Schuller currently serves as an Associate Director of the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College. Lt Col Schuller holds an LL.M. in National Security Law from Georgetown University Law Center and serves on the Control Team for the annual National Security Crisis Law Simulation. Lt Col Schuller’s publications include Inimical Inceptions of Imminence: A New Approach to Anticipatory Self-Defense Under the Law of Armed Conflict, in the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, and At the Crossroads of Control: The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence in Autonomous Weapon Systems with International Humanitarian Law in Harvard Law School’s National Security Journal.
Amanda Shanor is a Non-Resident Fellow at Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law. She is pursuing a PhD in Law at Yale University, where her research focuses on the intersection of constitutional law and the behavioral sciences. Amanda has a background in constitutional litigation and social movement strategy. While previously a Resident Fellow with the Center, she litigated cases with Professor David Cole, including Humanitarian Law Project v. Holder, a speech and association challenge to the material support statute heard by the U.S. Supreme Court; Arar v. Ashcroft, a Bivens claim concerning rendition and torture; and Al-Haramain v. Treasury, a due process and First Amendment case involving the designation of an Oregon-based charity as a terrorist organization. Previously, Amanda was part of teams that represented a detainee at Bagram, Afghanistan in habeas proceedings, and litigated a state secrets case regarding liability for rendition. She served for several years as the U.S. Program Officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights. Amanda is a graduate of Yale Law School and Yale College, and the co-author of Counterterrorism Law (Foundation Press, 2011). She served as a law clerk to Judges Cornelia T.L. Pillard and Judith W. Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Robert W. Sweet in the Southern District of New York.
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.
National Security Crisis Law Fellows
Sophia Browning is an associate in the Washington, DC office of Crowell & Moring, LLP where she works on energy regulatory issues. Sophia has worked on infrastructure management with the Ohio Homeland Security Department and the District Department of Energy and the Environment, and on energy issues with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Federal Regulatory Affairs office of NextEra Energy before joining Crowell & Moring. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and was in Student in the National Security Crisis Law Simulation in 2017 in the role of FEMA Administrator.
David Cavell is Senior Advisor and Assistant Attorney General for Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. From 2015 to 2017 he served as a Presidential Speechwriter at the White House. He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2013, and spent two years as an associate at Choate, Hall, and Stewart LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to law school, he spent three years serving as Speechwriter and Deputy Director of New Media for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 2006, after which he taught fourth grade as a Teach for America corps member in the South Bronx, New York, and often wore his Red Sox jersey to school.
Jordan Chase-Jacobsen graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. magna cum laude in International Relations in 2005. As a law student, he has served as a summer associate at the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn and interned for the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. Jordan previously served as an analyst in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Intelligence for five years and as a paralegal at the Federal Trade Commission for a year. A native of Boulder, CO, Jordan is pursuing a career in litigation and will serve as an associate at Gibson Dunn after graduation.
Andrew Christy is currently working on debtors’ prison issues as an Independence Foundation fellow at the ACLU of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and was previously a fellow at the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Andrew has clerked on state and federal court and interned for the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. He has participated in National Security Crisis Law simulations since 2010.
Lt. Cmdr. Robin Crabtree is a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy. She has served in various capacities in the United States and overseas, including as operational law advisor to the Chief of Operations for military operations in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, legal advisor to the Convening Authority for Military Commissions, and as a prosecutor in the commissions case of United States v. Nashiri. Prior to commencing her L.L.M. studies at Georgetown, she was the agency ethics counselor and staff judge advocate to Expeditionary Strike Group THREE, which exercises control over the U.S. Navy’s amphibious forces in the eastern Pacific. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary.
Nancy Y. Fortenberry
Nancy Y. Fortenberry holds a B.A. in Political Science, with Honors, from Jackson State University;a J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law; and an LL.M., with a certificate in National Security Law, from the Georgetown University Law Center. She completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, and is a member of the Virginia Bar. Since January 2013, Ms. Fortenberry has been detailed to the White House where she served as Deputy Legal Advisor on the National Security Council staff, and currently serves as General Counsel to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. The views expressed are her own, and not necessarily those of the U.S. Government.
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.
Captain Alexandra (Alix) Holtsclaw, U.S. Air Force, graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2013. She received a B.A. from Lafayette College and a M.P.A. from the University of Oklahoma. Alix served as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate for the 60th Air Mobility Wing and then as Area Defense Counsel at Travis Air Force Base, California. She is currently pursuing a LLM in Satellite, Cyber, and Telecommunications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Jinks is currently the Detachment Judge Advocate for an Army Special Mission Unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is a three-time participant in the National Security Law Crisis Simulation/Invitational and excited to participate again. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1999 as the ROTC Distinguished Honor Graduate and commissioned as an Infantry Officer. After a year at Fort Benning, Kevin was a platoon leader and staff officer at the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, at Fort Myer, Virginia. Kevin spent the night of September 11, 2001 at the Pentagon crash site with his platoon and led his platoon during the recovery effort over the next three weeks. He has been awarded the Ranger Tab and the Airborne and Air Assault badges. Kevin is a life-time learner. He is a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland (2002 MLS), the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Warrington College of Business (2006 Joint JD/Masters in Real Estate), The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (2011 LLM with specialization in International Law), and the Georgetown University Law Center (2015 LLM in National Security Law, and recipient of the 2015 Dean’s Award for Service). Kevin has deployed as a JAG five times to Iraq and one time to Afghanistan, advising Soldiers and commanders at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, including the 1 st Brigade, 1 st Armored Division, 5 th Special Forces Group, the 101 st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and now the Army SMU. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family. He participates in a number of civic and fraternal organizations, including as a board member on the Notre Dame Alumni Club of the Eastern District of North Carolina and as the athletic trainer for his son’s Scout Troop in preparation for a trip to Philmont, New Mexico, in summer 2019.
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 an avid Greek folk dancer and a former member of the Greek National Baseball Team. Harry clerked for Thomas Varlan, Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Tennessee, and now works for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City.
Ronald Krock is an Associate in the New York offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP where he focuses his practice on securities and other complex commercial litigation. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Georgetown University Law Center, where he received a joint J.D./LL.M. in 2015 and did specialized coursework on national security law, taking courses in crisis management, domestic preparedness, legal process, and surveillance law. 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 lasting success.
Ansley Lacitis is currently the Communications Director for the Washington State Democratic Party. Prior to that, she served as the State Director in Missouri for the Hillary for America campaign. Ansley received both her J.D. and her LL.M. in National Security Law from Georgetown University Law Center.
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 spent her law school years working at Communications Consortium Media Center, the Executive Office of National Drug Control Policy, a U.S. Attorney’s office, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, 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, watching college football (Go Dawgs!), and talking up Washington State to anyone who will listen.
Sabrina McCubbin is an Honors Attorney Fellow at the Department of Defense. While in law school, she was a Lawfare contributor, the student editor-in-chief of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy, and the chief research assistant at the Center on Privacy and Technology. She also interned in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Information and Intelligence Law and worked on issues related to Russian information operations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She earned her B.A. from McGill University in 2012 and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2018.
Major Jennifer McKeel is currently serving as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at U.S. Army Cyber Command in Virginia. She has served in various capacities as an Army Judge Advocate for the past 13 years. MAJ McKeel’s past assignments include serving as the Command Judge Advocate to the Commander, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, the legal advisor to the Commander, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, the operational law legal advisor for 1st Armored Division Command and Staff, and the deputy legal advisor to the Joint Task Force – North Command and Staff. In 1999, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. In 2005, MAJ McKeel graduated Magna Cum Laude from California Western School of Law. In 2014, she received her LL.M. in Military Studies at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School and in 2017, she received her LL.M. in National Security Law at Georgetown University Law Center.
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 spent three years as an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP in the firm’s Government Contracts, National and Homeland Security, and Telecommunications practices where he advised clients on federal laws and regulations related to information security, electronic surveillance, data privacy, and international trade. Tom now works as counsel at SpaceX focused on export controls.
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.
Hiroto Ogawa is a Japanese Foreign Service professional. He is currently serving as a Second Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in India, dealing with political, diplomatic and security issues. Hiroto graduated from Keio University (Japan) in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law(BA), the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy in 2012 (MPP), and Georgetown’s National Security LL.M. in May, 2015. Hiroto entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2011, and focused on bilateral relations between Japan and North and South Korea for two years. During the summer of 2014, Hiroto interned at the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
CDR Peter P. Pascucci is currently assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command. CDR Pascucci received his bachelors of arts degree in marine and coastal policy from the University of Rhode Island in 2000 and his juris doctorate from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2003. He received a masters of arts degree, with distinction, in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in 2013, and a masters of law degree (LLM), with distinction and dean’s list recognition, in national security law from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2015. Additionally, he is the 2015 recipient of the Thomas B. Chetwood S.J. prize for academic excellence in national security law at Georgetown. CDR Pascucci received his commission as an Ensign through the student program in 2002 and entered active duty service in January 2004.
In April 2004, CDR Pascucci reported to Naval Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic where he served as a legal assistance attorney, defense counsel, and subsequently as the Assistant Department Head/Deputy Senior Defense Counsel. In February 2006, CDR Pascucci reported to Regional Support Organization Norfolk where he served as Staff Judge Advocate to multiple surface combatants in Norfolk and Bahrain. In April 2007, CDR Pascucci was assigned to Commander, Amphibious Squadron Eight, and served as the Staff Judge Advocate for the USS Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group deployed to the Sixth, Fifth, and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibility. In February 2008, CDR Pascucci returned to Norfolk and served as the Staff Judge Advocate for the Destroyer Class Squadron and the Common Support Directorate. In July 2008, CDR Pascucci reported to Washington, DC and served as Flag Aide to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy until August 2009. In August 2009, CDR Pascucci reported to the Office of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations where he served as Deputy Legal Counsel until July 2011. From July 2011 through June 2013, CDR Pascucci served as an Associate Deputy General Counsel (Intelligence) in the Department of Defense, Office of General Counsel where his portfolio included cyberspace operations and policy, space operations, and special technical operations. From July 2013 through July 2014, CDR Pascucci served as the Assistant Force/Fleet Judge Advocate to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet. CDR Pascucci served as the Chief of Operational and International Law for U.S. Cyber Command from May 2015 through June 2018.
CDR Pascucci is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, and courts of the State of Rhode Island, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces.
CDR Pascucci is entitled to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Assistance Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (two awards), the Navy Unit Commendation, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Service Badge.
CDR Katy Pasieta is currently the Executive Officer of Region Legal Service Office Hawaii. In 1999, she graduated from the University of Chicago with an honors bachelor’s degree in political science and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2002, CDR Pasieta graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of San Diego School and was a member of the Order of the Coif and Law Review. In 2001, CDR Pasieta was commissioned as an officer in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps through the Student Program.
CDR Pasieta graduated the Naval Justice School in March of 2003. Her first tour was at Naval Legal Service Office Central in Pensacola, Florida, where she worked as a Legal Assistance and Defense Attorney and was Legal Assistance Department Head. From 2005-2006, she was stationed in Bahrain as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for Commander, Navy Region Southwest Asia, and she also served as Trial Counsel at Region Legal Service Office Europe and Southwest Asia. CDR Pasieta was a “Gunfighter” in the Office of the Judge Advocate General, General Litigation Division (Code 14) at the Washington Navy Yard from 2006-2009. From 2009-2011, she was Assistant Fleet Judge Advocate, Administrative Law and International/Operational Law, for U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii. From 2011-2012, she served as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Judge Advocate General. In 2013, she graduated with distinction from the Georgetown University Law Center with a Master of Laws in National Security Law and with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. From 2013-2015, she was detailed to the Office of the General Counsel, Department of Defense, as Associate Deputy General Counsel (Intelligence). She was a Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at U.S. Pacific Command from 2015-2017, focusing on Operational and Intelligence Law.
CDR Pasieta’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).
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. Aaron is currently a litigation associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, California, where he specializes in appellate and complex commercial litigation. Aaron previously served as a law clerk to Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Judge John D. Bates of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the United States Supreme Court. Aaron also previously served as an infantry officer in the Virginia Army National Guard. He deployed to Iraq in 2010 as a 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. 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. Aaron lives in San Francisco with his wife, Lisa Lowry, and his daughter, Madeline.
Logan Perel serves as an Attorney Advisor with the Office of the Chief Counsel (Foreign Assets Control) at the Department of the Treasury. In this capacity, Mr. Perel is responsible for advising the Office of Foreign Assets Control with respect to the interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of U.S. economic and trade sanctions. Mr. Perel previously served as Intelligence Counsel for the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security where he provided legal advice and counsel regarding the management and operations of the Department’s Intelligence Enterprise, including the Department’s Security, Counterintelligence, and Information Safeguarding programs. Mr. Perel also previously served as Assistant Counsel to the Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Perel earned his J.D.,cum laude, and his National Security Law LL.M., with distinction, at Georgetown University and his B.A., cum laude, in Political Science at the University of Florida. Mr. Perel is a Certified International Privacy Professional/Government and a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars.
Isaiah Peterson graduated from Harvard College with a BA in Philosophy and a secondary in Evolutionary Biology. He received a JD from Georgetown and is entering the Air Force JAG Corps. While at Georgetown, Isaiah served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy and participated in two National Security Crisis Law Simulations. He also helped Georgetown finish second at the 2015 Moot Court National Championship.
Jenny Reich is a JD/MBA student and Levy Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School of Business. She was Penn Law’s 2017 team captain for the National Security Crisis Law Simulation and was on the 2018 simulation control team. Jenny was a summer associate at Covington and Burling in Washington D.C., working with their CFIUS and FCPA practice groups, among others. She maintains a strong interest in public policy, and previously interned with the White House National Economic Council, the Department of Justice Office of International Affairs, and the Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador. She was on the Board of the Penn Law Review, Volume 166, and published on the Fifth Amendment implications of international law enforcement cooperation.
John Paul (JP) Schnapper-Casteras is the founder of Schnapper-Casteras PLLC, a boutique law firm focused on Supreme Court advocacy and frontier technology. Previously, he served as Special Counsel for Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and also worked in the appellate practice of Sidney Austin. He served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and as a law clerk to Judge Scott W. Stucky of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Schnapper-Casteras has published on a range of legal and international issues in The Washington Post, Politico, SCOTUS Blog and other news outlets.
Schnapper-Casteras 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, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Scientifc Review.
Ryan Sellinger is a 2016 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as Managing Editor of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Student Attorney in the Appellate Litigation Clinic, Member of the Moot Court Team, and Research Assistant for the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law. Prior to and during law school, Ryan worked as a foreign policy staffer for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) before interning at the Maryland Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and the Organized Crime and Gang Section of the Department of Justice, among other places. After graduating from Georgetown Law, Ryan practiced in New York for one year at Clifford Chance US LLP, where he was an Associate in the firm’s Litigation and White Collar Defense practice groups. Ryan is currently clerking in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Marc A. Sorel
Marc A. Sorel is an Engagement Manager in the Strategy, Private Equity, and Public Sector practices of McKinsey and Company, where he has served Fortune 500, Private Equity, and government clients. A U.S. Navy Reserve Officer, Marc has worked at the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security, as well as the United Nations Development Program in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Marc graduated from Georgetown University with a JD and a Master’s of Science in Foreign Service, with distinction. He holds a BA in History from Yale University, with distinction, and has published with the Baltimore Sun, Yale Journal of International Affairs, and the Yale Global, among other publications. Marc is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was selected by the Atlantic Council to be a Young Atlanticist participant at the 2012 NATO summit. He is a founding member of the Law Center’s National Security Crisis Simulation Control Team, and a regular participant in the Simulation Invitational.
In 2015, Marc published ‘Order for Our Times?’ in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs’ Fall/Summer 2015 edition. Order for Our Times? reviews Henry Kissinger’s book, World Order. The essay examines the meaning and implications of Kissinger’s work in light of recent geopolitical and macroeconomic events.
Jake Trumm is a litigation associate at the Washington, DC office of White & Case LLP, where his work focuses on international arbitration and commercial litigation. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center cum laude in 2017 and his B.A. in Political Science and Economics with distinction from the University of Iowa in 2007. During law school, Jake represented a Cameroonian citizen seeking asylum in the United States through Georgetown Law’s Center for Applied Legal Studies and held externships at the Department of State and the Department of Justice. Prior to attending law school, Jake served in the United States Army as an Intelligence Officer, with overseas assignments and deployments to Germany and Iraq. He is currently a Captain in the United States Army Reserve.
Amanda Wall is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, where she teaches International Human Rights Law. She has served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State since 2012, where she is currently the Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser. From 2014-2017, she was an attorney-adviser for Human Rights and Refugee Law, where she advised on issues related to human rights and armed conflict, human rights and counterterrorism, torture, and privacy. From 2012-2014, she was an attorney-adviser for Ethics, serving at both the State Department and in the Office of the White House Counsel. She has served as a member of U.S. delegations to the UN Human Rights Council, the UN General Assembly Third Committee, and the UN Committee Against Torture. She graduated from Georgetown Law cum laude, and is an alumnus of numerous prior National Security Law Simulations as both a student and control team member. She received her BA in Political Science with honors and her MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago. The views expressed are her own views and not necessarily those of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Government.