Law Review Symposium Speaker Biographies

Jimmy Gurulé

Jimmy Gurule

Jimmy Gurulé is a member of the law faculty at Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches courses in Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, The Law of Terrorism, and Criminal and Forensic Evidence.  Professor Gurulé is an international expert on counter-terrorist financing and anti-money laundering.  He is the author of seven books, numerous law review articles, and other publications.  He has served in senior federal government positions, including Under Secretary (Enforcement), U.S. Department of the Treasury, 2001-2003, where he had oversight responsibility for the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Executive Office of Asset Forfeiture, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and Office of Foreign Assets Control.  As Under Secretary, Professor Gurulé played a central role in developing and implementing the U.S. Government’s anti-terrorist financing strategy.  He was also responsible for drafting the 2001 and 2002 National Money Laundering Strategy.  From 1990-92, he served as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  Finally, Professor Gurulé has been retained as an expert witness and expert consultant in more than a dozen, high-profile money laundering and terrorist financing cases.

Tom Durkin

Mr. Durkin graduated from Chicago’s Leo High School in Durkin1964 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1968. He attended the University of San Francisco School of Law from 1970 to 1973, and received the degree of Juris Doctor in June of 1973. In his last year of law school, Mr. Durkin was the student advisor to the U.S.F. Criminal Law Clinic at the Marin County, California Public Defender’s Office. Since September of 2010, he has also been a Graduate Student at Large and a Returning Scholar at the University of Chicago, concentrating on graduate Political Science and Divinity School courses surrounding the intersection of religion and nationalism.

Mr. Durkin and his firm’s pro bono efforts to defend several Guantanamo Bay detainees have attracted national attention and praise. He served as counsel, along with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City, for two detainees at Guantanamo Bay who have since been returned to their home countries, for which he and his firm, along with all other Guantanamo counsel, received the 2007 Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights. Mr. Durkin was also selected in 2008 to be a participant in the John Adams Project, a joint effort of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to provide civilian defense counsel to assist the military lawyers in the trial of the five High Value Detainees charged in U.S. v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, et al., in the Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with conspiring to orchestrate the September 11th attacks of the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Mr. Durkin was civilian counsel for defendant Ramzi bin Alshibh. In September of 2008, Mr. Durkin was awarded the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago’s Bill of Rights in Action Award for his work in preserving the Constitution in the representation of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

David Nevin

David NevinDavid Nevin has defended criminal cases throughout the United States for 35 years. He has obtained acquittals in a number of high profile prosecutions which implicated issues of civil rights and government overreaching, including the 1993 Ruby Ridge case, and the 2004 terrorism prosecution of a Saudi Arabian graduate student, Sami Omar Al-Hussayen. Mr. Nevin currently serves as lead defense counsel for Khalid Shaikh Mohammad in his capital prosecution at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba arising from the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. occurring on September 11, 2001. Mr. Nevin is appointed and paid by the Convening Authority of the Military Commissions pursuant to the Military Commissions Act of 2009.

In 2008, Mr. Nevin joined with legendary trial lawyer Gerry Spence in the successful defense of Geoffrey Fieger, a prominent and outspoken Detroit trial lawyer. Mr. Fieger was charged in a vindictive political prosecution with violation of campaign finance laws. In a 2 month trial in the spring of 2008 in Federal District Court in Detroit, Mr. Fieger was acquitted of all charges. Mr. Nevin is a founder and past President of the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is the namesake of its Nevin Professionalism Award, which the organization awards annually to a criminal defense lawyer who has advanced the ideals of the profession. Mr. Nevin has twice received the organization’s President’s Award for outstanding service to criminal justice.


Dan Collins


Dan Collins was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 2003 to 2013, and was the lead prosecutor in the investigation and prosecution of six defendants who were responsible for the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, that resulted in the death of approximately 166 victims, including six Americans.  The defendants included top leaders of the Pakistani terrorist organization Lashkar e Taiba. Dan also led the investigation and prosecution of five defendants who conspired to commit a terrorist attack against the Jyllands Posten, a newspaper with offices in Copenhagen, Denmark. The lead defendant, Ilyas Kashmiri, was reported to be a top leader of al Qaeda and was reported to be a potential replacement for Osama bin Laden following his death.  The Chicago Tribune has described these cases as the “most significant terrorism case ever prosecuted in Chicago.”

As an AUSA, Dan held several supervisory positions, most recently serving as Deputy Chief of the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section. Dan earned several awards for his work as a prosecutor:  the Attorney General’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance, the “National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal” from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in Counter-Terrorism Investigations, and the Federal Executive Board’s Award for Outstanding Law Enforcement Team.

Dan currently is a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where he is a member of the White Collar Criminal Defense & Corporate Investigations Team.

Catherine Lotrionte

Catherine Lotrionte

Professor Catherine Lotrionte is the Director of the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security and Visiting Assistant Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Professor Lotrionte teaches courses on national security law, U.S. intelligence law, and international law. In addition to teaching, Professor Lotrionte coordinates research projects and events for the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security at Georgetown. She is the Institute Liaison for the Program on Nonproliferation Policy and Law, funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, in cooperation with the Monterey Institute for International Studies’ James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Professor Lotrionte is also the Director of the CyberProject. Professor Lotrionte and the Institute focus on the role of international and domestic law in recent and upcoming developments in cyber technology and cyber threats.In 2002 she was appointed by General Brent Scowcroft to be Counsel to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board at the White House, a position she held until 2006. In 2002 she served as a legal counsel for the Joint Inquiry Committee of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to that, Professor Lotrionte was Assistant General Counsel with the Office of General Counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency, where she provided legal advice relating to information warfare, foreign intelligence and counterintelligence activities, and international terrorism. Before working in the Office of General Counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency, Professor Lotrionte served in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Joseph Ferguson

Joseph Ferguson

Joseph Ferguson began his second four-year term as Chicago’s Inspector General on November 30, 2013. Ferguson came to the Inspector General’s Office following 15 years with the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Northern District of Illinois. From 1994 through 1999 he represented the United States in cases before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals involving employment discrimination (Title VII), civil rights, environmental law, and government program fraud. Ferguson’s work included a landmark environmental case which was ultimately decided by the United States Supreme Court. From 2000 to 2009, Ferguson worked in the Criminal Division of the USAO, prosecuting public corruption, mail/wire fraud, tax, healthcare and government program frauds, terrorist financing, drug and labor racketeering cases. Ferguson served as the Chief of the USAO’s Money Laundering and Forfeiture Section, where he had previously served as Deputy Chief. He also held positions as Deputy Chief of Financial Crimes & Special Prosecutions and Terrorist Financing Coordinator. While with the USAO, he received the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for his work in asset forfeiture. He also earned the Gaston Gianni Better Government Award from the President’s Council on Integrity & Efficiency for his work as part of a task force involving the USAO, Secret Service, IRS, and USDA-OIG that identified and prosecuted broad scale fraud in the federal food stamp program. In addition to his work with the USAO, Ferguson has been an adjunct instructor at both the Loyola University and John Marshall Schools of Law in Chicago – teaching, among other subjects, National Security Law. He has also been an instructor at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center, which provides training for federal, state, and local prosecutors and investigative agencies. Ferguson was a law clerk to the Hon. Myron H. Bright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Hon. Suzanne B. Conlon of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He worked for two years as a litigation associate at the law firm of Sidley Austin handling anti-trust and commercial litigation matters, and pro bono death penalty work before the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ferguson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lake Forest College in 1982, and his J.D. from Northwestern University Law School in 1990.

Robert Knowles


Professor Knowles teaches Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, National Security Law, and Damages and Equities. His scholarship explores the historical origins and theoretical justifications for laws and institutions in the realm of national security and foreign affairs. His articles have been published in the Washington University Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, and the DePaul Law Review, among others.

Professor Knowles graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University Law, where he served as the Coordinating Articles Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and received the William Jennings Bryan and Adlai Stevenson Awards, respectively, for final round winner and best brief in the Julius Miner Moot Court Competition. Following law school, he clerked for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In practice, he represented clients in the areas of white collar criminal defense, asylum, complex commercial litigation, and employment arbitration at Covington & Burling in New York and Latham and Watkins in Chicago. Since 2004, he has represented sixteen Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay in federal habeas litigation.