Hamdan vs. Rumsfield: Fighting Military Tribunals and Other Government Intrusion

Steve Vladeck ’01, professor of law at American University Washington College of Law, was part of the legal team that successfully challenged the Bush Administration's use of military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in Hamdan vs. Rumsfield, 548 U.S. 557 (2006). In addition, he has coauthored amicus briefs in a host of other lawsuits challenging the U.S. government's surveillance and detention of terrorism suspects. Steve discusses his work on Hamdan as well as the current detainee litigation and the ongoing debate over military commissions and indefinite detention. Steve graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where he was executive editor of the Yale Law Journal and then clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Presented by the Class of 2001.

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