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Seth M.M. Stodder is a lawyer and expert on counterterrorism, national/homeland security, supply chain and international trade issues, immigration/customs/border security, and human rights law and policy issues. He is president and CEO of Palindrome Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm advising public and private-sector clients on such issues and, before founding Palindrome, was a lawyer at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, practicing appellate and constitutional law. He teaches counterterrorism, homeland security, and cyber security law and policy at the USC Gould School of Law. He also regularly lectures on such issues at Georgetown University.
From 2001 to 2004, and in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Mr. Stodder served in what became the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as director of policy and planning for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Counselor / Senior Policy Advisor to CBP Commissioner Robert C. Bonner. Through Palindrome Strategies, Mr. Stodder continues to advise the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), CBP, and the White House on various matters related to homeland security and counterterrorism. Among other things, Mr. Stodder served on the Steering Committee for the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), was the lead outside facilitator for the QHSR’s review of U.S. border policy and strategy, and helped write the section of the QHSR Final Report dealing with securing and managing our borders. More recently, Mr. Stodder has assisted CBP in crafting its International Strategy and related implementation and governance frameworks, assisted DHS and the White House in drafting the National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security, has assisted with the private outreach effort related to the Strategy, and assisted DHS in developing a plan for Maritime and Land Domain Awareness. Prior to his government service, Mr. Stodder was a lawyer in the Los Angeles and Washington, DC offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, practicing appellate and constitutional law, media and First Amendment law, and white collar criminal defense.
Mr. Stodder also is a senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a senior fellow with the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI), a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy (serving on its National Security and China Committees), and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS). He is a 1991 graduate of Haverford College, a 1995 graduate of the USC Law, and is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. He is a frequent commentator on national/homeland security, border security, immigration, and legal issues, and has published articles in a variety of media and scholarly journals.