"Defending Khalid Shaikh Mohammad: A Guantanamo Lawyer's Perspective on the 'Trial of the Century' " A lecture by David Nevin
Date: 18 November 2014
Place: Building 37 (Behind the old Lee Observatory), conference A
David 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 received the Idaho State Bar’s Distinguished Lawyer Award for 2008. He received the Clarence Darrow Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho for his defense of Sami Al-Hussayen. 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 is also a Fellow, and a former Idaho State Chair, of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Practice at the University of Idaho College of Law, and has taught in the EPA’s National Trial Advocacy Institute. Mr. Nevin is a frequent lecturer and author on issues involving trial practice, criminal law, and civil rights. Mr. Nevin is a Top 75 Mountain States Superlawyer, was named one of the top 500 lawyers in the country by Lawdragon Magazine, is listed in Best Lawyers in America for criminal defense, and enjoys an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Nevin graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in English Literature in 1974, and from law school at the University of Idaho in 1978. After law school he served as an Instructor of Law at the University of Toledo College of Law in Toledo, Ohio, and as a law clerk for the Hon. Jos. J. McFadden, Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. He was a deputy Ada County Public Defender in Boise, Idaho before forming his present firm in 1983.