Distinguished Fellows

SPL 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.

Distinguished Fellow-in-Residence

Matthew L. Kronisch Matthew L. Kronisch
Associate General Counsel (Intelligence), US Department of Homeland Security
Matthew L. Kronisch established the intelligence law practice at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in December 2003 and has served as Associate General Counsel for Intelligence since November 2005. He leads the practice of intelligence and information law across DHS’ 2,400 lawyer strong Office of the General Counsel. Appointed to the career Senior Executive Service in December 2006, he received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive in 2011, and in 2018 accepted appointment to the Advisory Committee to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security.

Distinguished Fellows

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.

De 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.

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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