Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Hon. Richard J. Leon to Serve as the 2013 Competition’s Final Round Chief Judge!

This just in…  The Hon. Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has confirmed that he will serve as the Chief Judge of the Harold H. Greene & Joyce Hens Green National Security Law Moot Court Competition’s final round.

Judge Richard J. Leon
Judge Leon, who will also be present for the awards ceremony that will immediately follow the final round, brings prodigious national security law credentials to the Competition.  Judge Leon was appointed to the United States District Court in February 2002.  During his tenure on the bench, he has presided over numerous Guantanamo detainee trials, and he penned the landmark opinion that was famously upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that has reached “household name” status among national security law scholars—Boumediene v. Bush.

Prior to his appointment to the court, Judge Leon:
  • Acted as Deputy Chief Minority Counsel for the U.S. House Select “Iran-Contra” Committee
  • Served as counsel to Congress in the investigations of three sitting Presidents
  • Acted as Chief Minority Counsel to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee’s “October Surprise” Task Force
  • Worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in a number of capacities, including as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York
  • Served as a Commissioner on the Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control

Needless to say, the Competition Committee is thrilled by Judge Leon’s acceptance of the Chief Judge position.  His judicial acumen and breadth of experience will undoubtedly make the Competition an even stronger one.