Joseph Margulies is the author of Thanks for Everything (Now Get Out): Can We Restore Neighborhoods without Destroying Them? A radical rethinking of how to make distressed urban neighborhoods more livable while preserving the residents’ ability to live there, it was published by Yale University Press. He is a student of neighborhood well-being, asking what it takes to create and sustain healthy, vibrant and safe neighborhoods. And he is a civil rights attorney and critic of the national security state. For many years, he has defended people caught up in the excesses of the so-called war on terror.
Joe is also the author of What Changed When Everything Changed: 9/11 and the Making of National Identity published by Yale University Press and Guantánamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power which was published by Simon & Schuster..
Joe is Professor of Law and Government at Cornell University. He was Counsel of Record in Rasul v. Bush (2004), involving detentions at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station, and in Geren v. Omar & Munaf v. Geren (2008), involving detentions at Camp Cropper in Iraq. He represents Abu Zubaydah, who was held in CIA black sites and whose interrogation in 2002 and 2003 prompted the Bush Administration to draft the infamous “torture memos.”