Legal Team

Charles Swift

Charles Swift

Contact details:

cswift [at] prolegaldefense [dot] com
(206) 204-5288

Charles Swift retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007, where for the last 13 years he worked in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG), in addition to his service as a surface warfare officer. While in the JAG Corps, he worked principally in the area of criminal defense, earning a reputation as a premier trial attorney. During his tenure, Charles was involved in litigation in some of the highest profile cases in the U.S. military. Most noteworthy is his quest for justice at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, concluding with the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.

Following his military career, Charles was a visiting professor and head of the Humanitarian Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, before leaving to enter private practice in Seattle.

Charles has been a regular contributor on the topics of military law and terrorism for national news programs including MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, NPR, and Fox News. Charles is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, a cum laude graduate of Seattle University School of Law, and holds a Master’s Degree with honors in Trial Advocacy from Temple University. He has received numerous awards for his advocacy, including recognition as a Distinguished Alumnus at Seattle University School of Law, ACLU’s Roger Baldwin Medal for Distinguished Service, and was runner-up for Lawyer of the Year in 2005 as well as being named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in 2006 by the National Law Journal.

Ahmed Ghappour

Ahmed Ghappour

Contact details:

aghappour [at] law [dot] utexas [dot] edu
(512) 232-1598

Ahmed Ghappour (@amadooooo) is a Clinical Instructor with the National Security Clinic at UT Law School. Ahmed also directs the National Security Defense Project (the “NSDP”), an access to justice initiative that addresses constitutional issues in national security prosecutions.

For the past few years, Ahmed has worked on human rights issues relating to counter-terrorism and national security. Before founding the NSDP, he worked with Lt. Cmd. Charles Swift (Hamdan v. Rumsfeld), taking numerous national security cases to trial. Prior to that, Ahmed was a Staff Attorney at Reprieve UK, where he represented Guantanamo detainees in their habeas corpus proceedings and challenged the US Extraordinary Renditions Program. He was a senior legal advisor at a Cairo based human rights organization, where he worked on security sector reform, and international accountability litigation.

He is a National Security Committee member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has been qualified to serve as an expert on national security by courts in the United States and Canada.