About NSG


The Yale Law National Security Group is a non-partisan student organization that aims to foster discussion about current issues in national security and foreign policy. In the past, we have held events with many prominent lawyers and experts in national security, including:

  • Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor
  • Avril Haines, former Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Russ Feingold, former U.S. Senator
  • Neil Eggleston, former White House Counsel to President Barack Obama
  • William Burns, former Deputy Secretary of State
  • Tess Bridgeman, former Deputy Legal Advisor to the National Security Council
  • Sarada Peri, former White House speechwriter
  • Mira Rapp-Hooper, Asia Policy Coordinator for the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign
  • Judge Randolph Moss, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Monika Bickert, Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism for Facebook

Our members and alumni have served across the U.S. Government, in the White House and at the Departments of Defense, Justice, State, and Treasury. They have also worked for judges, law firms, news organizations, think tanks, tech companies, and international NGOs.

We welcome new members. If you’d like to be added to our e-mail list, please email maryella.simmons@yale.edu or isa.qasim@yale.edu. And follow us on Twitter @YaleLawNSG!

The Yale Law National Security Group is grateful for the support of Gibson Dunn and Davis Polk. 

The 2018-2019 Board:

Nikita Lalwani and Josh Rubin, Co-Presidents
Phil Kaplan and Danielle Zucker, VPs Events
Mary Ella Simmons and Isa Qasim, VPs Membership
Katie Kornman and Sonya Schoenberger, VPs Career Development and Alumni Relations
Pilar Brito, VP Scholarship
Sahrula Kubie, VP Treasurer
Wajdi Mallat, VP Online Presence

You’re at one of the best, if not the best law school in the nation… make the most of it: the friendships, the opportunities to learn, to do things, to grow.”


Justice Clarence Thomas

U.S. Supreme Court ’74