Kate Martin, Director

Kate Martin joined the Center in 1988 as Director of its Litigation Project.  She has served as Director of the Center since 1992, following the departure of Morton H. Halperin.  

Ms. Martin has taught National Security Law as a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University Law School and Strategic Intelligence and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law School.  She also served as general counsel to the National Security Archive, a research library located at George Washington University from 1995 to 2001.  She was co-director with Andrzej Rzeplinski of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Warsaw of a project on “Security Services in a Constitutional Democracy” in 12 former communist countries in Europe.  She is a Member of the Liberty and Security Initiative of the Constitution Project.           

She frequently testifies before Congress on national security and civil liberties issues and has brought many lawsuits challenging government actions.  She is a frequent commentator in the national media and has written extensively on these issues for the past twenty-five years.  The Taking Note blog of The New York Times recently described her as “an expert on surveillance and detention, and a leading advocate for the rule of law in the so-called 'war on terror.'” Ms. Martin and the Center were awarded the 2005 Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award by the Society for Professional Journalists.

Previously Ms. Martin was a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Nussbaum, Owen & Webster.  She graduated from the University of Virginia Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review, and from Pomona College with a BA in philosophy.