Deborah Pearlstein, LAPA Visiting Scholar

U.S. Executive Power and the Constitutional Challenges of Counterterrorism

Date: 
Mon, 03/12/2007
Location: 
4:30 - 6:00 PM, Kerstetter Room, Marx Hall

The next LAPA seminar will feature a paper by Deborah Pearlstein on “The Constitution and Executive Competence in the Post-Cold War World.” The respondent will be Martin Flaherty. The session will be on Monday, 12 March and, as usual we will meet in the Kerstetter Room of Marx Hall at 4:30 p.m.

Deborah Pearlstein has just joined the resident LAPA community as an Associate Research Scholar. She is an expert on constitutional law, focusing on the human rights impact of U.S. counterterrorism and national security policies, executive power and the role of the courts. From 2003 until recently she was the Director of the Law and Security Program at the international human rights NGO, Human Rights First. Prior to that, she served in the Clinton White House as a Senior Editor and Speechwriter. She received her JD magna cum laude from Harvard, where she was articles editor of the Law Review. Subsequently she clerked for Michael Boudin on the USCA for the First Circuit, and then for Justice Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Marty Flaherty, previously a LAPA fellow, is the Leitner Family Professor of International Human Rights at the Fordham Law School, and co-founder and co-director of the Joseph R. Crowley Program in International Human Rights. Marty has twice also been a visiting professor at WWS. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton, attended Columbia Law School, where he was the book review and articles editor, and has done doctoral work in early American history at Yale. He currently has in press articles on the Hamdan case (an exchange with John Yoo) and on executive power in foreign affairs.

To learn more about Deborah Pearlstein, visit her LAPA page.

To learn more about Marty Flaherty, visit his LAPA page.