Leadership & Staff

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Samuel J. Rascoff - Faculty Director

Samuel J. Rascoff is the Faculty Director of The Center on Law and Security and a Professor of Law at NYU School of Law.  Named a Carnegie Scholar in 2009, Rascoff came to the Law School from the New York City Police Department, where, as director of intelligence analysis, he created and led a team responsible for assessing the terrorist threat to the city. A graduate of Harvard summa cum laude, Oxford with first class honors, and Yale Law School, Rascoff previously served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was also a special assistant with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  Rascoff’s recent publications include “Establishing Official Islam? The Law and Strategy of Counter-Radicalization” (Stanford Law Review); Domesticating Intelligence” (Southern California Law Review) and “The Law of Homegrown (Counter-) Terrorism” (Texas Law Review).

Zachary K. Goldman - Executive Director

Zachary K. Goldman is the Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security and an Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. Previously, Zachary served as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the U.S. Department of Defense, and as a policy advisor in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, where he was the subject matter expert on terrorist financing in the Arabian Peninsula and Iran sanctions. In the private sector, he was a litigator at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York.

Zachary is the co-editor of “Global Intelligence Oversight:  Governing Security in the Twenty-First Century,” an edited volume on comparative approaches to intelligence oversight, published by Oxford University Press.  He has testified before Congress and has published on national security strategy, cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and financial sanctions in outlets such as The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalForeign Affairs, The Financial Times Chinese, the South China Morning Post, Political Science Quarterly, Cold War History, The Atlantic, The Diplomat, The National Interest, and others.

Zachary is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and a member of the Advisory Committee to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security. He received his JD from New York University School of Law, his Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and his BA from Harvard University.

Sarvenaz Bakhtiar - Director of Operations

Sarvenaz Bakhtiar is the Director of Operations at the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law. She is responsible for all of the Center’s operations, finance and budget development, staff management, marketing initiatives, and oversees the strategic development of the organization.  She is an advisor and key point of contact to the Center’s executive team.  She has written for publications such as Just Security and U.S. News and World Report. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Westminster, London.

   Julia Solomon-Strauss - Program Associate 

Julia Solomon-Strauss is the Program Associate at the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law. She works with the Executive Director, Director of Operations, and Senior Fellows of CLS to support all of the Center's activities, including research, writing, event coordination, and logistical support. She has worked at Harvard Business School's Europe Research Center in Paris and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Julia holds an MPhil in Historical Studies from the University of Cambridge and an AB from Harvard College magna cum laude with highest honors in Social Studies.

Faculty Advisors

 D Golove David Golove

David is a faculty advisor at the Center on Law and Security and the Hiller Family Foundation Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. He specializes in the constitutional law of foreign affairs and has written extensively in the constitutional history pertaining to that field. He is best known for a book-length article published in the Michigan Law Review, "Treaty-Making and the Nation: The Historical Foundations of the Nationalist Conception of the Treaty Power." His work has produced both a major work of legal historical scholarship and an important legal and constitutional defense of federal power.  His other notable articles include "Against Free-Form Formalism," 70 NYU Law Review 1791 (1998); "Is NAFTA Constitutional?" 108 Harvard Law Review 801 (1995) (with Bruce Ackerman); "From Versailles to San Francisco: The Revolutionary Transformation of the War Powers," 70 Colorado Law Review 1491 (1999); "Philosophy of International Law,”Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law 808-934 (2002) (with Allen Buchanan).  His most recent work, for a book project, focuses on the relationship between the international laws of war and presidential and congressional constitutional powers.  Golove received his B.A. from Berkeley in 1979 and has law degrees from Boalt Hall and Yale. 

 Holmes  Stephen Holmes

Stephen is a faculty advisor at the Center on Law and Security and the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. He specializes in the history of liberalism, the disappointments of democratization after communism, and the difficulty of combating terrorism within the limits of liberal constitutionalism. In 2003, he was selected as a Carnegie Scholar. From 1997 to 2000, he was a professor of politics at Princeton. From 1985 to 1997, he was professor of politics and law at the Law School and Political Science Department of the University of Chicago. From 1979 to 1985, he taught at the Department of Government at Harvard University. He was also the editor-in-chief of the East European Constitutional Review from 1993-2003. He is the author of Benjamin Constant and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Yale University Press, 1984),The Anatomy of Antiliberalism (Harvard University Press, 1993), Passions and Constraint: On the Theory of Liberal Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 1995), and co-author (with Cass Sunstein) of The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes(Norton, 1999), and most recently, The Matador's Cape: America's Reckless Response to Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

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Richard H. Pildes

Richard H. Pildes is a faculty advisor at the Center on Law and Security and Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law.  He is one of the nation’s leading scholars of public law and a specialist in legal issues affecting democracy.  Richard Pildes is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received recognition as a Guggenheim Fellow and a Carnegie Scholar. In the area of democracy, Pildes, along with the co-authors of his acclaimed casebook, The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process (now in its third edition), has helped to create a revolutionary field of study in the law schools. Respect for his expertise in these areas is reflected in frequent citations of his work in U.S. Supreme Court opinions, the publication of his work in several languages, and his frequent public lectures and appearances, including his nomination with the NBC News Team for an Emmy Award for coverage of the 2000 Presidential election litigation.  Pildes is also an engaged public intellectual and an active public-law litigator. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The American Prospect, and similar journals. 

Richard Pildes received his A.B. in physical chemistry summa cum laude from Princeton, and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard. He was Supreme Court Note Editor on the Harvard Law Review. He clerked for Judge Abner J. Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court, after which he practiced law in Boston.

He began his academic career at the University of Michigan Law School, where he was assistant and then full professor of law from 1988 until joining the NYU School of Law faculty in 2000. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School, Harvard Law School, the University of Texas School of Law, and was a fellow in Harvard’s prestigious Program in Ethics and the Professions from 1998-1999.