Law school commencement features former national security advisor
May 16, 2012
Katyal is perhaps best known for winning the U.S. Supreme Court case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which challenged the policy of military trials at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. The Supreme Court sided with Katyal by a 5-3 vote, finding that President Bush’s tribunals violated the constitutional separation of powers, domestic military law, and international law.
Katyal was also Vice President Al Gore’s cocounsel in the U.S. Supreme Court election dispute of 2000, and represented the deans of most major private law schools in the landmark University of Michigan affirmative-action case Grutter v. Bollinger.
Named Lawyer of the Year in 2006 by Lawyers USA, Katyal has been presented with the ACLU Foundation’s Roger Baldwin Award and the National Law Journal pro bono award for his work.