Distinguished Fellows

SPL Distinguished Fellows are drawn from the upper echelons of the national security and intelligence communities. They assist the Institute’s mission with a variety of assignments that directly benefit students and expand SPL’s portfolio of research and policy projects.

“These Distinguished Fellows are five of the leading experts in the field of national security law and policy, and I am thrilled that they have chosen to affiliate with the Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law. They bring extraordinary practice experience and diverse expertise to Syracuse. They will expand the Institute’s reach in areas such as emerging technology, data privacy, and cybersecurity.”—The Hon. James E. Baker, Director, Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law
Steve_Bunnell Steve Bunnell
Distinguished Fellow of Homeland Security
Co-Chair, Data Security and Privacy Practice, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Steve Bunnell is a former General Counsel of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a former Chief of the Criminal Division at the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC. At O’Melveny, Bunnell’s practice spans cybersecurity and privacy, criminal antitrust, healthcare fraud, money laundering, financial institutions fraud, securities fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and False Claims Act matters. As the Chief Legal Officer for DHS, Bunnell advised senior leaders on cybersecurity, data privacy, CFIUS, SAFETY Act protection, aviation security, immigration and border security, customs enforcement, government procurement, and the protection of critical infrastructure.

Rajesh_De Rajesh De
Distinguished Fellow of Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

Raj De leads Mayer Brown’s global Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice. He also is Co-Chair of the firm’s National Security practice and a member of the firm’s Congressional Investigations and Crisis Management team. After nearly two decades in private practice and public service across all three branches of the US government, De is one of the most trusted voices in national security. He has held senior appointments in the White House, US Department of Justice, and US Department of Defense. He has also previously served as counsel to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission”), the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism, and the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Before returning to Mayer Brown in 2015, he was General Counsel at the National Security Agency.

Avril_Haines Avril D. Haines
Distinguished Fellow of National Security Policy and Law
Commissioner, National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service; Deputy Director, Columbia World Projects; and Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Avril Haines is a former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama, with wide-ranging expertise in policy, strategy, and law. Haines also served as the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and as Deputy National Security Advisor at the National Security Council (NSC) and as Deputy NSC Counsel. Before joining the NSC, she led the Treaty Office at the US Department of State and was the Deputy Chief Counsel for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. She is a former Legal Officer at The Hague Conference on Private International Law. As a Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Senior Fellow, she works with technical experts at the Laboratory to better inform technology and policy decisions made by US military leaders and senior government officials. As the Deputy Director of Columbia University Law School’s Columbia World Projects, she studies how university scholarship and resources can be used most effectively to address world challenges. She was appointed to the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service (a bipartisan, 11-member Commission created by Congress to develop recommendations to inspire more Americans—specifically young people—to participate in military, national, and public service and to review the military selective service process) by President Barack Obama.

Amy_Jeffress Amy Jeffress
Distinguished Fellow of National Security Law and Transnational Criminal Law
Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Amy Jeffress represents clients in national security, government contracts, and compliance matters and advises companies and individuals on export enforcement, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, mutual legal assistance, and other international law enforcement issues. Jeffress served as the US Justice Department Attaché to the US Embassy in London and as Counselor to the Attorney General, advising the US Attorney General and senior department leadership and liaising with the White House, the National Security Council, other agencies, and the intelligence community.

Lala_Qadir Lala R. Qadir
Distinguished Fellow of Emerging Technologies
Associate, Covington & Burling LLP

At Covington, Lala Qadir’s practice focuses on complex litigation, white collar matters, internal investigations, and public policy and government affairs, and she is a member of the Artificial Intelligence Initiative. Qadir also is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School. Before law school, she advised federal and international governments as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, and she has published scientific articles in military energetics and nanotechnology. She is a former Clerk for the Hon. James E. Baker, as Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.




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