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Martin takes security counsel post

Law School Prof. David Martin will take a two-year leave from teaching to serve as the principal deputy general counsel of the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Martin is an expert in immigration law as well as refugee law and served as general counsel of the Immigration and Naturalization Service during the Clinton administration.

Law School Prof. George Rutherglen explained that Martin is well experienced in many aspects of his new position because of his work during the Clinton administration. Many of Martin’s previous duties are now integrated into the Department of Homeland Security, Rutherglen said.

Martin must now deal with the legal aspects of transportation security and disaster response, as well as immigration issues, Rutherglen said.

“If it were my security and freedom at stake, I would prefer David Martin, above any other, to know how to balance the two,” Rutherglen said.

Martin, who was not available for comment, will be working with his former student and 1983 Law School graduate Janet Napolitano, who now serves as the Secretary of Homeland Security.

—compiled by Matthew Denton-Edmundson

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