Professor David Martin Appointed to Homeland Security Advisory Council

David Martin

As part of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, Professor David Martin will advise on homeland security policies, provide policy analysis, make recommendations on security issues and evaluate the impact of existing policies.

April 29, 2015

University of Virginia School of Law professor David A. Martin has been appointed to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Martin, the Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law and Joel B. Piassick Research Professor of Law, is a leading scholar in immigration, constitutional law and international law. He served as the principal deputy general counsel at the Department of Homeland Security from January 2009 to December 2010, including four months as acting general counsel, and as general counsel of the Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1995 to 1998.

As described by the DHS, the Homeland Security Advisory Council "leverages the experience, expertise, and national and global connections of the HSAC membership to provide the secretary real-time, real-world, sensing and independent advice to support decision-making across the spectrum of homeland security operations." It is comprised of leaders from state and local government, first responder communities, the private sector and academia. The council is chaired by Judge William Webster, who formerly served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and later as director of the FBI and then director of the CIA. The council's vice chair is New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton.

"I appreciate the honor of being selected by Secretary Jeh Johnson," Martin said. "I will encourage the council to apply its unique wide-angle perspective to controversies in the immigration arena."

Though he looks forward to contributing in a wide range of homeland security policy domains, Martin said he is particularly interested in addressing difficulties in the political asylum system and new strains in the working relationships between local law enforcement and the federal immigration agencies.

"With a long time horizon, the council can contribute toward building a stable and effective immigration management and enforcement system," he said.

Martin, who was appointed to the council earlier this month, in 2011 served as a member of one of its working groups, the Secure Communities Task Force. Martin's prior government service also includes positions at the Department of State and the Department of Justice. Throughout his roles in government, he has been closely involved in critical legal and policy developments in the immigration field, including the Refugee Act of 1980, a major alteration of U.S. asylum procedures in 1995, implementation of the 1996 statutory amendments to the immigration laws, Obama administration reforms of enforcement priorities and the detention system used in connection with immigration removal proceedings, and the federal government's 2010 lawsuit against Arizona's restrictive immigration enforcement law.

A graduate of DePauw University and Yale Law School, Martin served on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law and the International Migration Review. He joined the faculty at UVA Law in 1980 after a stint working in private practice and clerkships with Judge J. Skelly Wright of the D.C. Circuit and with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr.

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