July 21, 2017

Cardozo is proud to announce that Professor Deborah Pearlstein was awarded tenure, after serving as an associate professor since 2011. Professor Pearlstein’s classes in constitutional law and international law have been greatly enhanced by her previous work as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and her work as a speechwriter in the Clinton White House.

“Professor Pearlstein is an important scholar, a beloved teacher and a backbone of the Cardozo community,” said Dean Melanie Leslie.

Professor Pearlstein is a leading legal expert on national security and the separation of powers. She has been a research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She is a prolific writer and her works have appeared in numerous law journals including University of Pennsylvania Law Review, University of Michigan Law Review, University of Texas Law Review and Georgetown Law Review. An expert on the law and counterterrorism, her works have appeared in the national press frequently, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Foreign Policy.

Pearlstein served as the founding director of the Law and Security Program at Human Rights First from 2003-2007, where she led research, litigation and advocacy efforts surrounding U.S. detention and interrogation operations, and served on the first independent military commission of monitors to visit and report on conditions at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay.