Charlie Swift (pictured), the acclaimed Navy lawyer who helped win a Supreme Court victory for Guantanamo detainee Salim Hamdan, has signed on to the faculty of Emory University School of Law in Atlanta. He will teach international humanitarian law, criminal law, evidence and military law. Swift, who gave a lecture at Emory last spring, says he was impressed by Emory's plans to ramp up its offerings in international and humanitarian law.
"What struck me most was Emory's commitment to making a meaningful difference in both the development and daily practice of law," Swift said in a statement. "When Emory expressed an interest in bringing that focus to the field of international humanitarian law, I knew immediately that I wanted to
be part of the effort." Swift, who retired from the Navy earlier this year, will also serve as acting director the the law school's new International Humanitarian Law Clinic.
Georgetown University Law Center professor Neal Katyal, who argued Hamdan's case before the high court, says hiring Swift is a "significant coup" for Emory. "He brings to Emory one of the things most lacking in modern American law schools today: deep knowledge about the craft and art of trial lawyering."