The Transformative Influence of Representing Guantanamo Prisoners:How A Corporate Lawyer Became A Human Rights Lawyer

With David Remes

Wed, 02/25/2009
6:00 PM, by invitation only
Graduate Students

Attorney David Remes will share his journey from law firm to public interest law and advocacy, opening the discussion on the role of law and lawyers in public policy advocacy of human rights issues. 

This event is by invitation only. If interested, please e-mail Leslie Gerwin at

David H. Remes has been deeply involved in the litigation on behalf of Guantanamo prisoners since 2004. For many years, he was a partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Covington & Burling LLP. As part of a pro bono commitment, Remes agreed to represent several Guantanamo detainees becoming among the first lawyers to visit the facility after the Supreme Court's 2004 decision in Rasul v. Bush in 2004's ruled that prisoners had a right to legal counsel. As Remes commitment to these issues became more extensive and intensive, he gave up his prestigious partnership and founded Appeal for Justice, a nonprofit law firm dedicated to Guantanamo and other human rights litigation. Remes currently represents 16 Yemeni prisoners. In addition to dozens of visits to Guantanamo, his work has also taken him to Yemen to press for his clients' release and to brief their families. He was with his clients the day President Obama ordered Guantanamo closed. Remes has also taken a leading role in several landmark Supreme Court cases involving detainee rights, including Boumediene v. Bush and Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.