Lisa Graves

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Lisa Graves is CMD's Executive Director. She helped spearhead She previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Justice; Chief Counsel for Nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Patrick Leahy; Senior Legislative Strategist for the ACLU on national security issues; Deputy Chief for the U.S. Court system in the division for lifetime-appointed judges, and in other posts. To arrange for an interview, contact her assistant via nikolina AT

The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have called Graves to testify as an expert witness on government transparency and on national security issues. She has appeared as an expert on ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Amy Goodman's Democracy Now, the Thom Hartmann Show, and on numerous other news programs including National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcast System. Her analysis has been quoted in the Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today, the New Yorker, Mother Jones, the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Wired, Congressional Quarterly, Roll Call, National Journal, Legal Times, NewsdayThe Nation, In TheseTimes, American Prospect, and The Progressive, among others, as well as online in Daily Kos, The Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, and other blogs. She has also helped with numerous legal briefs and her analysis of national security issues has been published by the Texas Law Review and other publications.

Graves is also on the board of directors of U.S. Right to Know, in addition to other volunteer work and previously taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law Center.

She can be reached via editor AT

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