Stewart Baker is the current Chair of the ABA's Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and is a partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He is also currently serving as the General Counsel of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. He also serves on the President's Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration. Previously, Mr. Baker served as General Counsel of the National Security Agency, Member and Acting Chair of the President's Export Council Subcommittee on Encryption, Deputy General Counsel of the Education Department, and law clerk to Justice Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.

David Cole is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. After graduating from law school, Professor Cole served as a law clerk to Judge Arlin M. Adams of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Cole then became a staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights where he litigated a number of major First Amendment cases. He continues to litigate First Amendment and other constitutional issues as a volunteer staff attorney at the Center. Professor Cole has published in a variety of areas, including civil rights, criminal justice, constitutional law, and law and literature.  David Cole writes on Section 218 and Material Support.

James B. Comey currently serves as Deputy Attorney General for the US Department of Justice. Prior to becoming Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Comey served as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from January 2002 to the time of his confirmation. Previously, Mr. Comey served as Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of the Richmond Division of the United States Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Virginia. As United States Attorney, Mr. Comey oversaw numerous terrorism cases and supervised prosecutions of executives of WorldCom, Adelphia, and Imclone on fraud and securities-related charges. Mr. Comey also created a specialized unit devoted to prosecuting international drug cartels. As an assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, he handled the Khobar Towers terrorist bombing case, arising out of the June 1996 attack on a U.S. military facility in Saudi Arabia in which 19 Airmen were killed.  Jim Comey writes an Introduction to the project.

James X. Dempsey is the Executive Director of the Center for Democracy & Technology. He works on privacy and electronic surveillance issues and heads CDT's international project, the Global Internet Policy Initiative. Prior to joining CDT, Mr. Dempsey was Deputy Director for the Center for National Security Studies. Mr. Dempsey previously worked on Capitol Hill as assistant counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Right where his primary areas of responsibility included oversight of the FBI, privacy, and civil liberties.  Jim Dempsey writes on Section 206, Sections 209, 212, and 220, and Section 213.

Mary DeRosa is a senior fellow in the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Previously, she served on the National Security Council staff (1997-2001) as special assistant to the president and legal adviser and, earlier, as deputy legal adviser. From 1995 to 1997, she was special counsel to the general counsel at the Department of Defense, and in 1994 she was an attorney for the Advisory Board on the Investigative Capability of the Department of Defense. Before joining the government, Ms. DeRosa was a lawyer in private practice at the Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles offices of Arnold & Porter. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and is a graduate of George Washington University's Law School and the University of Virginia.  Mary DeRosa has written short descriptions of each provision. 

Viet Dinh is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Dinh served as Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy at the US Department of Justice from 2001 to 2003. As the official responsible for federal legal policy, he conducted a comprehensive review of DOJ priorities, policies and practices after 9/11, and played a key role in developing the USA PATRIOT Act. Professor Dinh has also served as Associate Special Counsel to the US Senate Whitewater Committee, as Special Counsel to Senator Pete V. Domenici for the Impeachment Trial of President Clinton, and as counsel to the Special Master in In re Austrian and German Bank Holocaust Litigation. After graduating from Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshal and an Olin Research Fellow in Law and Economics, Professor Dinh was a law clerk to Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. After graduating from Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshall and an Olin Research Fellow in Law and Economics, Professor Dinh was a law clerk to Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.  Viet Dinh writes on Section 203.

Timothy H. Edgar is a Legislative Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union in its Washington National Office. Mr. Edgar is responsible for defending civil liberties in Congress and in the Executive Branch in the areas of national security, terrorism, and immigration. Mr. Edgar has testified before Congress and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on anti-terrorism legislation and intelligence reform. He has published articles and also addresses these topics in panels and in radio and television appearances. A graduate with honors of both Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Edgar was a law clerk to Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He left private practice to join the ACLU in May 2001.  Tim Edgar writes on Borders.

Robert J. Grey, Jr. , a partner in the Richmond, Virginia, office of Hunton & Williams, is president of the American Bar Association. Mr. Grey is devoting his term to creating better justice through better juries via the American Jury Initiative. Additionally, he is working to review, unify, and update ABA programs to increase diversity in the legal profession, to advance the ABA's international rule of law efforts, and to safeguard the profession's independence. Mr. Grey has long been active in the ABA, as chair of the House of Delegates from 1998-2000, and as a member of the Board of Governors. Throughout his ABA career, he has been active in strategic planning and increasing diversity in the profession. Mr. Grey's law practice is focused on administrative matters before state and federal agencies, mediation and dispute resolution, and legislative representation of clients.  Robert Grey writes a Welcome on behalf of the American Bar Association.

Gregory Jacob served as Deputy Policy Director for Legal Matters for the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, he served as an attorney advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving war powers, national security, and international law. Mr. Jacob also previously worked as an associate at the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers, and clerked for Judge Jacques Wiener of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Greg Jacob writes on Detainees.

John J. Kavanagh is an associate in the Washington, DC, office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP in the firm's litigation practice group. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kavanagh served for three years as an attorney with the US Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps. Mr. Kavanagh previously worked as a "Secretary of Defense Honors Legal Intern" in the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel - International Affairs and Intelligence. He has also worked as a "Special Assistant" to the Assistant US Trade Representative for Japan and China and as an "Honors Intern" with the Federal Bureau of Investigation - National Security Division. Mr. Kavanagh holds a master's degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  John Kavanagh acted as Editor of the project.

Orin S. Kerr is a Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School, where he teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and computer crime law. Previously, Professor Kerr served as a trial attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division at the US Department of Justice, and also a special assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the US Supreme Court.  Orin Kerr writes on Sections 209, 212, and 220.

Heather Mac Donald is a John M. Olin fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to City Journal. Ms. MacDonald has written on a range of topics including homeland security, policing and "racial' profiling, educational policy, and the New York courts. She is the author of Are Cops Racist and The Burden of Bad Ideas. A non-practicing lawyer, Ms. MacDonald has clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, has been an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a volunteer with the National Resource Defense Fund in New York City.  Heather Mac Donald writes on Section 213.

Kate Martin has been Director of the Center for National Security Studies since 1992, where she has litigated and written about national security and civil liberties issues, including government secrecy, intelligence, terrorism, and enemy combatant detentions. Ms. Martin has taught Strategic Intelligence and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law School and also served as general counsel to the National Security Archive, a research library located at George Washington University.  Kate Martin writes on Section 203.

Andrew C. McCarthy is an attorney, and a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, DC, an organization that conducts research and education in national security issues. Previously, Mr. McCarthy was a federal prosecutor for the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he participated in many of the most significant cases in our nation's recent history, particularly in the field of national security. Mr. McCarthy led the prosecution against the terror organization of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, in which militants were convicted of conducting a war of urban terror on the United States. Mr. McCarthy also led the litigation over crucial confession evidence, which helped secure convictions for the bombings of the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.  Andrew McCarthy writes on Sections 214 and 215 and Section 218.

Joe Onek is Senior Counsel and Director of the Liberty and Security Initiative with The Constitution Project in Washington, DC. Mr. Onek has worked with a number of political and legal organizations. He served as Deputy Counsel to the President during the Carter administration and as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General and State Department Rule of Law Coordinator during the Clinton administration. Mr. Onek also was a law clerk for Justice William J. Brennan in the US Supreme Court and Assistant Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mr. Onek also previously served as the Director of the Center of Law and Social Policy.  Joe Onek writes on Detainees.

Paul Rosenzweig is Senior Legal Research Fellow in the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, where his research interests focus on issues of civil liberties and national security, criminal law, law enforcement, and legal ethics. Mr. Rosenzweig is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, and he has served as a trial attorney in the Environmental Crimes Section of the Department of Justice, as Investigative Counsel to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and most recently, as Senior Litigation Counsel in the Office of the Independent Counsel.  Paul Rosenzweig writes on Section 206 and Material Support.

Suzanne E. Spaulding was recently named as a Managing Director of The Harbour Group, LLC.  She previously served as Minority Staff Director for the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She has been a consultant on national security related issues, including terrorism, homeland security, critical infrastructure protection security, intelligence, law enforcement, and technology for addressing the threat from biological, nuclear, or radiological weapons. Ms. Spaulding was the Executive Director of two congressionally mandated committees, including the National Commission on Terrorism, and the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction.  Suzanne Spaulding writes on Lone Wolf.

Peter P. Swire is a Professor of Law at the Mortiz College of the Law of the Ohio State University, and he also works with the Washington, DC office of Morrison & Foerster in a consulting capacity. Previously Mr. Swire served in the Clinton Administration as Chief Counselor for Privacy, US Office of Management and Budget. He was responsible for coordinating Administration policy on public- and private sector uses of personal information, chaired a White House Working Group on how to update surveillance laws for the Internet Age, and served on the White House Electronic Commerce Working group.  Peter Swire writes on Sections 214 and 215.

George J. Terwilliger III is a senior partner in the Washington, DC office of White & Case LLP, where he represents international clients in litigation and special projects. Mr. Terwilliger previously served as Deputy Attorney General of the United States, the United States Attorney in Vermont and as a federal prosecutor in Washington, DC. He regularly participates in fora focused on national security issues, drawing on extensive experience in terrorism and national security matters.  George Terwilliger writes on Borders.

Patricia Wald served on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1979-1991, becoming Chief Judge in 1986. She previously served as the First Vice President for the American Law Institution, and also as a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Judge Wald also chaired the Open Society Institute Justice Initiative and is presently a member of the President's Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Judge Wald has also served as the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice.  Patricia Wald writes on Detainees.

Michael J. Woods is Senior Executive Vice President for Legal Affairs with MZM, Inc. in Washington, DC, where he advises clients on national security law and counterintelligence matters. Prior to joining MZM, Inc., Mr. Woods erved as chief of the National Security Law Unit in the FBI's Office of the General Counsel and then as the first Principal Legal Advisor to the new National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX). Mr. Woods has also served as a prosecutor in the Justice Department's Environmental Crimes Section, and briefly as a Special Assistant US Attorney in the US Attorney's Office for DC.  Michael Woods writes on Lone Wolf.

John Yoo is a Professor of Law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he has taught since 1993. Previously, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel of the US Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security, and the separation of powers. Professor Yoo also served as General Counsel of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, and he has clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the US Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia and for Justice Clarence Thomas of the US Supreme Court.  John Yoo writes on Detainees.

Sally Albertazzie, Practice Group Coordinator of the e-commerce practice group at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, is the Administrator of the patriotdebates.com website. She has been with Steptoe since 1995 and is a graduate of Georgetown University's paralegal program. Ms. Albertazzie edits and publishes Steptoe's E-Commerce Law Week, coordinates the group's workflow, and manages the group's paralegals.

Holly McMahon has been the Director of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security for over 10 years. Previously, she served as the Director of Government Programs for the American Bar Association and, prior to that, served in the Reagan White House as Staff Assistant for the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives.