IJN has a distinguished and motivated board of directors and a growing family of friends and volunteers from around the world.
Our board membership includes:
Buz Eisenberg of Weinberg & Garber, P.C. of Northampton, MA has been a litigator since 1980. A recipient of the 1999 Massachusetts Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, Buz has worked to promote social justice and human rights throughout his career. A president of Western Massachusetts Legal Services Board of Directors during his 25 years on that board, he has and continues to serve on a number of not-for-profit boards whose missions involve providing equal access to justice regardless of the ability to pay. He has recently joined the Board of Directors of the International Justice Network in order to advance the rights of victims of human rights abuses across the globe.
Buz has spent years volunteering as an advocate for those who otherwise lack access to the courthouse. He continues to as a cooperating attorney with the ACLU as he has since 1985. He has performed volunteer habeas corpus death penalty work for years. Since January of 2005 Buz has represented six Guantánamo detainees.
Angela Campbell is the co-founder of Dickey & Campbell Law Firm P.L.C. She graduated from Yale University in 1999 with a double major in anthropology and political science. Subsequently, she graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law School in 2002. Upon graduation, she served as law clerk to Honorable C. Arlen Beam in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2002-2003. From 2003 to 2007, she has served as an assistant federal public defender in Des Moines, Iowa, representing indigent defendants charged with federal crimes through both the trial and appellate stages of their cases. While at the federal public defender’s office, Ms. Campbell served as counsel to four detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay as a result of President Bush’s war on terror.
Ms. Campbell has taught Environmental Law at Boston College, Constitutional Law at Grandview College, Federal Criminal Law at Drake Law School, and Terrorism and the Law at Drake Law School.
Marc Falkoff is a law professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. Since 2004 he has represented 17 Yemeni prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. Prof. Falkoff was formerly an associate at Covington & Burling, where he was named the firm’s 2005 Charles F.C. Ruff Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year for his Guantánamo work. With other habeas counsel, he received the Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award in 2007 from the Southern Center for Human Rights, and the Bill of Rights in Action Award in 2008 from the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Chicago. He writes and speaks frequently about Guantánamo, and has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, New York Magazine, CNN, the BBC, and NPR. He is the compiler and editor of Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak, a bestselling anthology of prisoner poetry that has been translated into a dozen languages.
Prof. Falkoff is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review and a James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Brandeis University, an M.A. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He was appointed Habeas Corpus Special Master for the EDNY from 2003 to 2004. In 2008, he received the Northern Illinois University Foundation Award for Faculty Excellence.
Sheila Geraghty is Of Counsel to DLA Piper’s Tax group, based in New York. She has more than 20 years of experience providing international tax advice to domestic and foreign corporations. Ms. Geraghty has substantial experience in developing international structuring strategies, supply chain planning, transfer pricing planning and documentation, audit support for transfer pricing, foreign tax credit planning, FIN 48 analysis, qualified cost sharing agreements and buy-in payment analysis, advanced pricing agreement and tax audit support.
Prior to joining DLA Piper, Ms. Geraghty worked for more than 13 years in public accounting and 7 years for multinational corporations on international tax matters.
Eric L. Lewis has served as principal U.S. counsel to the liquidators of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in multi-jurisdictional criminal and civil litigation. Mr. Lewis led the trial team that obtained a $1 billion fraud and racketeering judgment against a BCCI front man and enforced the judgment through the courts of Saudi Arabia, the first non-Arab League judgment ever enforced in that country. A leading expert in international fraud and asset tracing, Mr. Lewis currently acts for the Algosaibi Group of Saudi Arabia, in seeking to recover the proceeds of a $10 billion fraud. He also acts for hedge funds in actions relating to Collateralized Debt Obligations and other complex derivative instruments. He represents a major state-owned South American bank in a dispute arising from the Lehman Brothers Insolvency.
A frequent commentator on legal and political issues, Mr. Lewis has contributed to the Washington Post, Slate, The Huffington Post, The Legal Times, In Our Times, The Litigator and other publications. He served for many years as Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation, an Honorary Overseas Member of the Commercial Bar Association of England and Wales. An expert in offshore asset tracing and trusts, he serves as a Director of the Jersey International Business School in the Channel Islands. Mr. Lewis represents Guantanamo and Afghan detainees in litigation seeking redress and accountability for torture and religious abuse while in U.S. custody.
Ellen Lubell, a partner at the law firm of Tennant Lubell, LLC in Newton, Massachusetts, has a practice focused on non-profit organizations and intellectual property law. Her clients include educational and cultural institutions ranging from universities, libraries and publishers to individual artists, scientists, academic faculty and civic-minded startups. Before establishing her own firm, she was General Counsel at Education Development Center, and Counsel for Research & Technology Transfer at the University of Massachusetts. Prior to that, she was a health law attorney at the Boston law firm of Goulston & Storrs.
Ellen has had a longstanding commitment to the field of human rights. Most recently, she has represented a young Algerian man detained at Guantanamo Bay. Over the years, she has been active on child abuse and neglect issues and was a Harvard Law School Human Rights Fellow at the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Before attending law school, Ellen worked in a Laotian refugee camp on the border of Thailand, building a school and supporting a variety of health initiatives. Ellen is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
Brent Rushforth is a partner at Day Pitney and practices in the Antitrust and White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations Practice Group. Mr. Rushforth has extensive litigation experience in antitrust and unfair competition, intellectual property and trade regulation. He has represented such clients as VISA, MCI, Cox Communications, Black & Decker, Marriott Corporation and the American Booksellers Association. During his tenure as Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Defense, Mr. Rushforth was actively involved in the SALT Treaty negotiations.
Former Board Members
Wesley R. Powell is a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. Mr. Powell also has devoted a substantial portion of his career to pro bono legal work. He has represented seven men in their habeas corpus challenges to their imprisonment at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has previously represented a New York-based Chinese labor organization in a series First Amendment cases concerning the client's right to petition and protest against sweatshop conditions in the restaurant and garment industries. He has also been a cooperating attorney with the Lambda Legal Defense Fund.
Mr. Powell is a 1991 graduate of Vanderbilt University and a 1994 graduate of Duke University School of Law, where he was the recipient of the North Carolina Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award for his work in co-founding the Duke Law AIDS Legal Services Program. He has served on alumni committees at both schools.
Janhabi Nandy recently completed a two-year appointment as an Assistant Attorney General for the Federated States of Micronesia, and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. at the Yale School of Management. In her role as an AAG, she assisted the national government of a small island nation in the Pacific to draft, interpret and implement laws and regulations on a variety of matters from immigration to insurance. She also taught Constitutional Law at the College of Micronesia.
Ms. Nandy previously worked as a legal aid attorney on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona, advocating for Native Americans with mental and physical disabilities. She has also worked as a plaintiff’s attorney representing clients in civil rights and toxic torts cases in New York and volunteered in Vietnam and Indonesia. She holds a J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School and a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.
Colette Pollitt is a corporate associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she has practiced since 2000. While at the firm, she has served as counsel to major investment banks and Fortune 500 companies, as well as various small businesses and not-for-profit entities. In addition, she has provided pro bono counsel to several charitable organizations in drafting charter documents, preparation of applications for not-for-profit status and providing ongoing legal advice. A graduate of Cornell Law School, Ms. Pollitt was a member of the Cornell International Law Journal, and received awards of excellence for study in Islamic Law, African Legal Systems and International Human Rights. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Cornell Law School Alumni Association. She received an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Iwona Spytkowski is a Management Consultant at the United Nations. Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Spytkowski was the Director of Special Programs at a labor standards consulting firm and has experience in management systems with a particular emphasis on non-profit accountability and standards in the corporate social responsibility (CSR) sector. She has traveled to over 30 countries for her work and has several years of experience developing the assessment methodology & tools to bring top international NGOs in compliance with globally recognized non-profit standards and best practices.
Ms. Spytkowski takes an avid interest in local community service and is a recipient of formal Board training through the United Way of New York City, Linkages Board Training and Placement Program. In addition to serving on the Board of IJN, Ms. Spytkowski also serves on the Board of Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) in Queens, where she resides. Ms. Spytkowski received her B.A. with honors from Drew University, with a double major in Spanish and German as well as double minor in Politics and European Studies. In addition to English, she is fluent in Polish, Spanish, and German.