Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker is the dean and a professor of law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. A noted expert on national security law and terrorism, Parker served 11 years in key federal government positions, most notably as general counsel for the National Security Agency; principal deputy legal adviser, Department of State; and general counsel for the CIA. In private practice, she has advised clients on public policy and international trade issues, particularly in the areas of encryption and advanced technology. She began her career as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow at Emory University School of Law and later served as the director, New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc. Early in her career she was active in litigating civil rights and civil liberties matters, with two successful arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court while a cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Immediately before her arrival at McGeorge, she served as general counsel for the 26-campus University of Wisconsin system. A member of the American Bar Foundation and the Council on Foreign Relations, Parker is a frequent speaker and lecturer. Her academic background includes teaching as a visiting professor at Case Western Reserve Law School and Cleveland-Marshall State School of Law. Currently, Parker serves on two committees of the National Research Council, holds a presidential appointment to the Public Interest Declassification Board, and is a board member of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. Parker received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Michigan.
Sarah Sewall teaches international affairs and directs the Program for Human Rights and National Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is a member of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee. Sewall is also the founder and faculty director of the Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) Project and for 3 years was faculty director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She led the Obama Transition’s National Security Agency Review process in 2008. During the Clinton Administration, Sewall served as the inaugural deputy assistant secretary of defense for peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance. From 1983 to 1996, she was senior foreign policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell, serving on the Democratic Policy Committee and the Senate Arms Control Observer Group. Before joining Harvard, Sewall was at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where she edited The United States and the International Criminal Court (2002). Her more recent publications include a comprehensive DOD study on efforts to mitigate civilian casualties, Parameters of Partnership: U.S. Civil-Military Relations in the 21st Century (2009), and the introduction to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual (2007). She attended Harvard College and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.