Search for new executive director of Center on Law and Security begins, as Karen Greenberg steps down

Karen Greenberg, executive director of NYU Law’s Center on Law and Security (CLS), announced she is leaving to pursue other career opportunities. Greenberg's tenure as executive director began with the founding of the Center in 2003.  Under her stewardship, CLS has focused on a broad range of issues concerning civil rights, national security, and foreign policy that arose in the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. CLS quickly drew the attention of policymakers, law enforcement officials, journalists and academics, and it has attracted an impressive list of Fellows, including Michael Sheehan, former deputy commissioner of counterterorrism at the NYPD, author Lawrence Wright, who won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower: Al Queda and the Road to 9/11, and Baltasar Garzón, an investigating judge for Spain’s National Court, to name a few. The CLS’s retreats at NYU’s La Pietra in Florence have drawn principal players in both law enforcement and government from the United States and the European Union to discuss possible solutions to some of the most challenging issues of our time.
“Karen has done a spectacular job running CLS and leaves big shoes to fill,” said Dean Richard Revesz. “As we reach the tenth anniversary of September 11, the issues CLS was created to study remain as relevant as ever, and I am confident that it will continue to play a leading role in its field.”  The search committee for a new director will be composed of the Center’s four faculty directors, David Golove, Hiller Family Foundation Professor of Law, Stephen Holmes, Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law, Richard Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, and Samuel Rascoff, Associate Professor of Law, as well as Dean Revesz.  “With Osama bin Laden dead, U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, and a wave of political upheaval sweeping North Africa and the Middle East," Golove said, "this is an opportune time to bring new leadership to CLS and sharpen its focus for the coming decade.”

Posted August 31, 2011