We're pleased to introduce David Frakt as a guest in the Lounge. David is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves, currently on extended active dutyorders serving as defense counsel. He may be best known for his successful defense of Mohammed Jawad, a juvenile who was detained at Guantanamo from 2003 to 2009.
David graduated from Harvard Law, clerked for Judge Monroe McKay on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and then entered active duty in the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
He has spent a number of years in legal academia, as an Associate Professor and Director of the Criminal Law Practice Center at Western State University College of Law, Associate Professor at Barry University School of Law, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He writes on issues related to military commissions, war crimes, international humanitarian law, national security, treatment of detainees, criminal procedure and professional responsibility.
I have my own special tie to David. In 2005, his father, Arthur Frakt - the former Dean of Loyola-LA Law and Widener Law, and former Rutgers Law professor - was centrally involved in hiring the first six Drexel faculty members. I was part of that cohort.
Last week, Paul Campos named David as the Florida Coastal Lawl Dean candidate who was asked to leave campus in the midst of his faculty lunch presentation.