Professor David Cole
After graduating from Yale Law School, Professor Cole served as a law clerk to Judge Arlin M. Adams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Cole then became a staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights where he litigated a number of major First Amendment cases, including Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989), United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 928 (1990), which established that the First Amendment protects flag burning, and National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley, which challenged the constitutionality of content restrictions on federal art funding. He continues to litigate First Amendment and other constitutional issues as a volunteer staff attorney at the Center. He has published in a variety of areas, including civil rights, criminal justice, constitutional law and law and literature. He is the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, a commentator on National Public Radio: All Things Considered, and the author of three books: Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism (New Press, 2d ed. 2005); Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties for National Security (New Press, 3d ed. 2005) (with James X. Dempsey); and No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System (New Press, 1999). Enemy Aliens received the American Book Award and the Hefner First Amendment Prize in 2004. No Equal Justice was named Best Nonfiction Book of 1999 by the Boston Book Review, best book on an issue of national policy in 1999 by the American Political Science Association, and was awarded the Alpha Sigma Nu prize from the Jesuit Honor Society in 2001. Professor Cole has received numerous awards for his civil rights and civil liberties work, including from the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of the Freedom of Expression, the American Bar Association’s Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section, the National Lawyers Guild, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Political Asylum and Immigrants’ Rights Project, the American Muslim Council, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.
David S. Kris, Esq.
David Kris is a graduate of Haverford College and Harvard Law School. After clerking for Judge Stephen S. Trott of the Ninth Circuit, he joined the U.S. Department of Justice through its Honors Program. He worked as a prosecutor for eight years, from 1992 to 2000, conducting several trials and arguing appeals across the country.
From 2000 to 2003, he was Associate Deputy Attorney General. In that role, his unclassified responsibilities included supervising the government's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA); representing the Justice Department at the National Security Council and in other inter-agency settings; briefing and testifying before Congress; and assisting the Attorney General in conducting oversight of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Mr. Kris received numerous awards at the Department of Justice, including the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service from Attorney General Janet Reno and from Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Since 2003, he has been employed in the private sector, and continues to write, teach, and speak about national security law. He is the co-author of National Security Investigations and Prosecutions (West 2007), and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Professor Paul M. Schwartz
Paul M. Schwartz is Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). A leading international expert on information privacy, copyright, telecommunications and information law, he has published widely on these topics.
In this country, his articles and essays have appeared in periodicals such as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, and N.Y.U. Law Review. His co-authored books include Data Privacy Law (1996, supp. 1998) and Data Protection Law and On-line Services: Regulatory Responses (1998), a study carried out for the Commission of the European Union that examines emerging issues in Internet privacy in four European countries.
Professor Schwartz has provided advice and testimony to numerous governmental bodies in the United States and Europe. During 2002-2003, he was in residence as a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and as a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Brussels. He has also acted as an advisor to the Commission of the European Union on privacy issues. On behalf of the Practising Law Institute, he has served as co-chair for a series of Annual Institutes on Privacy Law in New York and San Francisco.
Paul Schwartz is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received his undergraduate education at Brown University.
Professor John Yoo
John Yoo received his B.A., summa cum laude, in American history from Harvard University. Between college and law school, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. He then clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit.
Professor Yoo joined the Boalt faculty in 1993, then clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers.
Professor Yoo has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and the Free University of Amsterdam, and he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento, Italy in 2006. He has received research fellowships from the University of California, Berkeley, the Olin Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, and is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Professor Yoo also has received the Paul M. Bator Award for excellence in legal scholarship and teaching from the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy. He has testified before the judiciary committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and has advised the State of California on constitutional issues.
Professor Yoo has published articles about foreign affairs, international law and constitutional law in a number of the nation's leading law journals. He is the author of The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11 (University of Chicago Press, 2005), and War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terrorism (Grove/Atlantic 2006).