Captain Sulmasy is the Chair of the Law Faculty at the United States Coast Guard Academy. He is a professor of law, judge advocate and a member of the Academy’s Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff (PCTS). He coordinates and teaches international law and constitutional law in the Humanities Department. Previous military tours have included USCGC GALLATIN (WHEC-721), USS Dwight D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) Battle Group during the Persian Gulf War, executive officer of USCGC MORRO BAY (WTGB-106), Office of the Judge Advocate General, USCG Headquarters, Deputy University Counsel at USCGA, Special Assistant US Attorney (D. Ct.), National Security Fellow/Aide to former Congressman Rob Simmons, Assistant Professor of Law and Governmental Affairs Officer at CGA, Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and Professor of International Law at US Naval War College.
Captain Sulmasy received his BS in government from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in 1988, earned his JD cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law, his LL.M in national security law from Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and attended the Harvard Kennedy School. He served on the adjunct faculty of Roger Williams University School of Law from 2000-2005 where he taught courses in Military Law and Homeland Security Law. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Center of International and Comparative Law (Balt., Md) and on the Executive Committee for the National Security and International Law Practice Group for the Federalist Society. In 2005, he was appointed to the Northeast Regional Ocean’s Council by Governor M. Jodi Rell where he will advance oceans protection and preservation and serve as Connecticut’s representative to the President’s National Ocean’s Commission. Additionally, he serves on the Governor’s Military Staff.
Captain Sulmasy has been a National Security and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. He has written and lectured widely on national security and constitutional law and frequently is a guest on National Public Radio and other national radio outlets. His articles have appeared in numerous law journals as well as the LA Times, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Post, and the Boston Globe among others. He is co-editor of International Law Challenges: Homeland Security and Combating Terrorism and the author of The National Security Court System – A Natural Evolution of Justice in an Age of Terror (Oxford University Press 2009).