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Shayana Kadidal
Counterterrorism Policy, First Amendment, Material Support

Shayana Kadidal

Senior Managing Attorney

Shayana Kadidal is a Senior Managing Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he has worked on several significant cases arising in the wake of 9/11, including the Center's challenges to the indefinite detention of men at Guantánamo and domestic immigration sweeps. He has been counsel in major CCR cases, including Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, United States of America and Vulcan Society, Inc. v. City of New York, and legal challenges to the NSA's warrantless surveillance program. Along with others at the Center for Constitutional Rights, he currently serves as U.S. counsel to WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in connection with potential Espionage Act charges, extradition, and the funding embargo. In 2012, he led litigation on behalf of several journalists that ultimately resulted in public release of over 550 previously-withheld documents during the court-martial of Chelsea Manning. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former law clerk to Judge Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Shayana has been interviewed on major news outlets, including CNN, NPR, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and CBS, among others.