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National Security Clinic

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Work Highlights

National Security Clinic Docket

Students in the National Security Clinic examine legal issues relating to the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism and national security policies, through hands-on litigation, policy advocacy, and other legal research and writing projects. The Clinic works independently and with co-counsel and partners, including law firms, solo practitioners, and NGO’s. Past Clinic projects have included:

Fall 2011
  • United States v. Doreh – Assist in direct representation of Somali American defendant in criminal case involving material support of terrorism charges involving remittance transfer service
  • Legal research and briefing concerning military commissions’ failure to satisfy international human rights law standards under ICCPR and CAT, for use by Office of Chief Defense Counsel of the Department of Defense (in military commission prosecution)
  • Obaidullah v. Obama – Direct representation in federal district court habeas corpus proceeding of Guantanamo Bay detainee, including appeal to Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • United States v. Holy Land Foundation et al. – Direct representation of non-profit organization convicted of material support of terrorism, in criminal appeal to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Spring 2011
  • Obaidullah v. Obama – Direct representation in federal court habeas corpus proceeding, and appeal to Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit, of non-citizen detained in Guantanamo Bay prison
  • United States v. Holy Land Foundation et al. – Direct representation of non-profit organization convicted of material support of terrorism, in criminal appeal to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Fall 2010
  • Obaidullah v. Obama – Direct representation in federal court habeas corpus proceeding, and appeal to Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit, of non-citizen detained in Guantanamo Bay prison
  • United States v. Holy Land Foundation et al. – Direct representation of non-profit organization convicted of material support of terrorism, in criminal appeal to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Spring 2010
  • Obaidullah v. Obama – Direct representation in federal court habeas corpus proceeding, and appeal to Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit, of non-citizen detained in Guantanamo Bay prison
  • United States v. Holy Land Foundation et al. – Direct representation of non-profit organization convicted of material support of terrorism, in criminal appeal to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Research into the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, charitable trusts, and the cy pres doctrine, for use by the Charity and Security Network, a non-profit organization
Fall 2009
  • Obaidullah v. Obama – Direct representation in federal court habeas corpus proceeding, and appeal to Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit, of non-citizen detained in Guantanamo Bay prison
  • United States v. Holy Land Foundation et al. – Direct representation of non-profit organization convicted of material support of terrorism, in criminal appeal to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Defending Habeas

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UT Law’s new National Security & Human Rights Clinic is one of a handful of law school clinics that directly represent detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. On December 5, 2007, arguments they created will be presented before the United States Supreme Court in the Al Odah litigation, which will determine if detainees at Guantánamo have the right to present their Geneva Conventions claims in federal court. Read more …

Spring 2009
  • Dokhan v. Bush – Direct representation in federal court habeas corpus proceeding of non-citizen detained in Guantanamo Bay prison
  • Research on provisions of Uniform Code of Military Justice and Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, relating to proper fora for criminal prosecution of discharged servicemembers
  • Obaidullah v. Obama – Direct representation in federal court habeas corpus proceeding of non-citizen detained in Guantanamo Bay prison
  • KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development v. Geithner - Amicus curiae brief relating to impact of the U.S. government policies on terrorism financing upon the non-profit sector
  • Tagore v. IRS – Research into law concerning possession of dangerous weapons in federal facilities for federal district court case involving Religious Freedom Restoration Act claims
  • Research into laws relating to terrorism financing as they affect charitable non-profit organizations, prepared for Muslim Advocates, a non-profit organization
Fall 2008
  • United States v. Al-Hawsawi - Research into conspiracy laws, for use by defense counsel in military commission prosecution of non-citizen detained in Guantanamo Bay prison
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests relating to the U.S. government’s communications with the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) since September 11, 2001 relating to the disclosure of personal financial information of U.S. individuals and entities
  • Research into laws relating to terrorism financing as they affect charitable non-profit organizations, prepared for Muslim Advocates, a non-profit organization
  • Dokhan v. Bush – Direct representation in federal court habeas corpus proceeding of non-citizen detained in Guantanamo Bay prison
  • Research into legal issues concerning private military contractors in Iraq and U.S. government contracts with private military contractors.
Spring 2008
  • Munaf v. Geren – Research and assistance with drafting of amicus curiae brief in case relating to detention of U.S. citizens in Iraq
  • Research into laws relating to terrorism financing as they affect charitable non-profit organizations, prepared for Muslim Advocates, a non-profit organization
  • Research relating to “extraordinary rendition” of persons from U.S. custody into the custody  of foreign nations, resulting in model brief published in Northeastern University Law Journal
  • Dokhan v. Bush – Direct representation in federal court habeas corpus proceeding of non-citizen detained in Guantanamo Bay prison
  • Research into the U.S. government’s communications with the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) since September 11, 2001 relating to disclosure of personal financial information of U.S. individuals and entities
Fall 2007
  • Direct representation in federal court habeas corpus proceeding and administrative proceedings under Detainee Treatment Act, on behalf of two non-citizens detained in Guantanamo Bay prison
  • Research relating to “extraordinary rendition” of persons from U.S. custody into the custody of foreign nations, resulting in model brief published in Northeastern University Law Journal article
  • Boumediene v. Bush – research and briefing involving the constitutional right to habeas corpus of non-citizens detained in Guantanamo Bay prison
  • Op-ed article published in the Dallas Morning News regarding the constitutional right to habeas corpus of non-citizens detained in Guantanamo Bay prison
  • Research into laws relating to terrorism financing as they affect charitable non-profit organizations, prepared for Muslim Advocates, a non-profit organization
  • Research into the Classified Information Procedures Act, for use by the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel of the Department of Defense
  • Rasul v. Myers - Research into Bivens caselaw for damages action brought by Guantanamo Bay detainees alleging torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment while in custody.