How to Serve the Public Interest and Make a Real Difference While Making a Living in Private Practice: From Guantanamo to the Supreme Court


Nancy Hollander
Attorney, Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward

Nancy Hollander is an internationally recognized criminal defense lawyer. She has practiced with Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward in Albuquerque, New Mexico, since 1980 and has been a partner since 1983. Her practice is largely devoted to representing individuals and organizations accused of crimes, including those involving national security issues. She currently represents a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and is lead appellate counsel for Chelsea Manning in the military appellate courts.

Ms. Hollander has also been counsel in numerous civil cases, forfeitures and administrative hearings, and has argued and won a case involving religious freedom in the US Supreme Court. She has taught in numerous trial practice programs, including the National Criminal Defense College and Gerry Spence?s Trial College, and at national and international seminars, and has written extensively on these and other criminal law topics. She is co-author of WestGroup?s Everytrial Criminal Defense Resource Book, Wharton?s Criminal Evidence, 15th edition, and Wharton?s Criminal Procedure, 14th edition.

Among her many honors, Ms. Hollander is listed in The International Who?s Who of Business Crime Lawyers, was chosen as Best Lawyers? Albuquerque Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar Lawyer of the Year in 2010, White-Collar Lawyer of the Year in 2011 and General Practice Lawyer of the Year in 2016. In addition to her US practice, Ms. Hollander is an associate tenant with Doughty Street Chambers, London, where she focuses on international issues, including criminal law, international law and human rights.

Nancy will also have much to say about whistleblowers and international security (she is one of Chelsea Manning's lawyers). She will address how international human rights bear on issues of free speech in a global law context. She posits that there's a fascinating connection between militarized policing tactics within the US and how some of the practices/equipment we used abroad are reflected in domestic abuses (following the publication of Guantanamo Diary there was a series of reports regarding prison black sites in Chicago that resembled CIA sites abroad with which she was involved).

She has also argued in front of SCOTUS in the case of O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal v. Ashcroft, 546 U.S. 418 (2006) that she is planning to discuss in her community talk.

Date and Location

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Northeastern University School of Law, 240 Dockser Hall
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