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The Law School’s already robust presence in Washington, DC, grows even stronger this year as two Law School professors are taking leaves to serve in national government: Ryan Goodman, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, has been appointed special counsel to the general counsel of the US Department of Defense, while Professor Troy McKenzie ’00 has joined the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel as a deputy assistant attorney general.
In his new role, Goodman (pictured above, left) will focus primarily on national security law and the law of armed conflict. Goodman co-founded Just Security, a blog for the rigorous analysis of law, rights, and national security, in 2013. He previously served at the US Department of State, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and nongovernmental organizations in India, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States. Goodman clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
McKenzie (above, right), whose role at the Department of Justice began this past spring, is a scholar of bankruptcy, civil procedure, complex litigation, and the federal courts. In February, he was elected to the prestigious American Law Institute. Last year, McKenzie became co-faculty director of the Law School’s Center on Civil Justice, which is dedicated to the study of the US civil justice system.
Before joining the Law School, McKenzie was a litigation associate in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton. He clerked for Judge Pierre Leval of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice John Paul Stevens of the US Supreme Court.