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On Monday, October 17, 2022, the Reiss Center on Law and Security and the National Security Law Society welcomes our first speaker of the 2022-2023 season of a A Road Less Traveled: Rita Siemion, Senior Counsel, US Senate Judiciary Committee; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center.

Event Details

October 17, 2022

12:00  – 1:00 p.m.

Vanderbilt Hall

Room 202

Speaker Bio

Rita Siemion works as Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee under the leadership of Chair Durbin. She covers national security, human rights, and environmental issues for the Committee. Previously, she was the Director for National Security Advocacy at Human Rights First where she served as the organization’s international legal expert and advocated for US national security policies that respect human rights. Before joining Human Rights First, she worked on a range of national security issues as Senior Counsel at The Constitution Project, including surveillance, privacy, and constitutional rights in the digital age. She also previously served as an editor at Just Security, an online forum for the rigorous analysis of U.S. national security law and policy.

Ms. Siemion also teaches as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center where she teaches courses on national security and human rights and has previously taught courses on foreign relations and covert action. She has also taught courses on national security at American University Washington College of Law and courses on legal writing at the George Washington University School of Law.

She holds an LL.M. in National Security Law, with a certificate in International Human Rights Law, from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated with distinction and was a peer review editor for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy. She received her J.D., with honors, from the George Washington University School of Law.