A panel discussion on National Security and Detainee Policy in an Obama Administration with CCR attorney Emi MacLean


Add to My Calendar Monday, March 30, 2009



NYU School of Law's American Constitution Society and Law Students for Human Rights are pleased to announce a panel discussion on National Security and Detainee Policy in the Obama Administration, moderated by Professor Burt Neuborne of the law school. Please join us for this exciting event. The panel is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

When: Monday, March 30, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Lester Pollack Colloquium Room, 9th Floor, Furman Hall
245 Sullivan Street, between Washington Square South and W 3rd St.

Jonathan Hafetz, staff attorney at the ACLU National Security Project
Emi Maclean, staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights
Meg Satterthwaite, faculty director of NYU's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice


Jonathan Hafetz

Jonathan Hafetz is an attorney with the National Security Project of the ACLU. Mr. Hafetz has litigated several 9/11 detention cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including Al-Marri v. Spagone, challenging the indefinite military detention of a lawful resident alien arrested in the United States, and Munaf v. Geren, involving U.S. citizens detained in Iraq. Mr. Hafetz has also been actively involved in the Guantánamo detainee litigation since its earliest stages, and currently represents a detainee at Guantánamo.

Mr. Hafetz writes and lectures widely about national security issues. His articles have appeared in numerous publications. Mr. Hafetz is co-editing a collection of narratives by attorneys in the Guantanamo detainee litigation that will be published by NYU press in 2009. In addition, his book, Habeas Corpus and the Rise of Global Detention System, is scheduled for publication by NYU Press in 2010.

Before joining the ACLU, Mr. Hafetz directed litigation for the Liberty and National Security Project of NYU's Brennan Center for Justice and, before that, was a Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at Gibbons, P.C. He also previously clerked for the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and Sandra L. Lynch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Emi Maclean

Emi MacLean has worked at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) with the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative (GGJI) since June 2006. She works on issues related to Guantánamo and other forms of executive detention, including secret prisons and transfers-to-torture. She helps coordinate the pro bono attorneys representing the hundreds of men still detained at Guantánamo and supports CCR’s direct representation of a number of current detainees.

In addition, Emi is involved in civil actions brought on behalf of former prisoners released from Guantánamo (Rasul v. Rumsfeld and Celikgogus v. Rumsfeld) and actions under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) challenging the government’s refusal to disclose information about the NSA’s warrantless surveillance of Guantánamo attorneys (Wilner v. NSA) and the CIA’s secret detention program (Amnesty International, CCR, et al. v. CIA). In addition to direct litigation, Emi’s work with CCR includes legislative and international advocacy.

Emi has previously worked or volunteered with the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), Human Rights First, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Prior to law school, Emi worked with South Africa's National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL), and Médecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders). Emi graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Georgetown University Law Center.

Meg Satterthwaite

Margaret Satterthwaite is a Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at NYU School of Law, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Law of the International Human Rights Clinic. She also serves as Faculty Direcor of the Root-Tilden-Kern program. Her recent scholarship includes Rendered Meaningless: Extraordinary Rendition and the Rule of Law (published in the George Washington Law Review in 2007) and Human Rights Advocacy Stories (co-edited with Deena Hurwitz and Douglas Ford, forthcoming), a volume in the Law Stories series.

Satterthwaite joined the NYU faculty in 2006 after many years in the human rights field. Her human rights career began before law school: between 1990 and 1996, she co-founded and then directed Amnesty International USA's program on the human rights of those persecuted on the basis of their sexual orientation. Satterthwaite also completed a Master's Degree and served as International Programs Coordinator for the human rights education organization Street Law, where she helped develop curriculum in human rights and legal literacy, as well as conducting workshops and training sessions for human rights advocates and legal professionals. In 1995, she was employed as a human rights investigator by the Haitian National Truth and Justice Commission.

After receiving her law degree from NYU in 1999, Satterthwaite clerked for Judge Betty Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The following year she was the Furman Fellow at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, where she focused on emergency law and collusion in Northern Ireland. In 2002, Satterthwaite clerked at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Between 2002 and 2003, Satterthwaite was a human rights consultant for the United Nations, working with the human rights section of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). In 2003, she was hired as Research Director of NYU's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. She joined the full-time faculty in January 2006.

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