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National Security Clinic

Student Experience

“Representing a Guantanamo detainee was a uniquely challenging experience, we tackled cutting-edge legal issues, interacted with governmental agencies, and maintained client incredibly rewarding to know that our efforts made an impact, and I am proud to have been a part of the furtherance of justice.”
—Laura Peterson, ’10

“I really enjoyed my experience with the National Security and Human Rights Clinic because it gave me, a student, the opportunity to be involved with cases and issues affecting the entire nation. It was amazing to discuss a case during class that a fellow student was writing a brief for and then on the drive home hear about that same case on NPR. This is an emerging area of law and we get to have a say in cases that may affect how these laws may turn out. I feel like five years from now, I am going to be able to look at laws dealing with prisoner treatment at Guantanamo or issues of rendition and feel like I was a part of helping establish the system of laws that the nation relies on.”
—Kat Messick, ’08

“The clinic was a great hands-on experience. I felt it was very important to apply what I was learning to a real life situation while I was still in school. Often an internship will not carry much responsibility, but in the clinic we always had well-defined goals and high expectations. Further, Professor Huskey is a fantastic instructor who is renowned expert in this field, and pioneered much of the litigation regarding the rights of Guantanamo detainees. I thoroughly enjoyed this class, and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in national security and human rights.”
—Jeff Versteeg, ’09

“As a member of the clinic's direct representation team, I was fortunate enough to work on the case of a Guantanamo Bay detainee. I will always value the opportunity I've had to work directly on one of the most important legal issues of our time. It feels good to know that the work of my team helped, in its own small way, to preserve the values that brought many of use to law school in the first place.”
—Aron Israelite, ’09

“The most rewarding aspect of my clinical experience last fall was being able to work with three brilliant professors and three brilliant students on a case that was argued before the Supreme Court. It is quite surreal to be able to say that my first trip to the Supreme Court was to hear arguments on a case I got to work on. And to top it all off, the advocate on our side quoted some of our research during his argument, which is something I will always remember.”
—Ariel Juarez, ’09