Defending Detainees and the U.S. Constitution in the Military Commissions of Guantanamo

Defending Detainees and the U.S. Constitution in the Military Commissions of Guantanamo

David J.R. Frakt

10.20.2011

David J.R. Frakt

David J. R. Frakt is an Associate Professor of Law at the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law and a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps Reserve. He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Irvine and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Monroe G. McKay, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. From 1995 to 2005, he served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) before transitioning to the Air Force Reserve and becoming a law professor. He was Director of the Criminal Law Practice Center at Western State University College of Law from May 2005 to July 2010. He has also been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

A U.S. Air Force Officer and associate professor of law at Barry University, David J.R. Frakt gives a Clinton School lecture titled, "Defending Detainees and the U.S. Constitution in the Military Commissions of Guantanamo." From April 2008 to August 2009, Frakt took a military leave of absence from teaching to serve as lead defense counsel with the Office of Military Commissions, representing two detainees at Guantanamo facing war crimes and terrorism charges before the U.S. military commissions. He was the first defense counsel to win the pretrial dismissal of all charges against his client, Mohammed Jawad, a juvenile from Afghanistan, and also won Jawad's release through a habeas corpus petition in federal court.