C. Dixon Osburn has more than 20 years of legal and political advocacy experience. He was co-founder and executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a national security and human rights organization that spearheaded the effort to repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and end sexual orientation discrimination in the armed forces. Most recently, Osburn served as the director of the Law & Security program for Human Rights First where he led efforts to align U.S. counter-terrorism policies with the rule of law, achieving significant changes in policy and practice regarding Guantanamo, torture, and armed drones.
Osburn has published extensively and served as a national spokesperson in print, on radio, and on television. He currently serves as an adjunct fellow at the American Security Project, on the Working Group for the Halifax International Security Forum, and is a member of the Campaign Board for the Victory Fund.
Osburn received his JD/MBA from Georgetown University and his AB with distinction from Stanford University.
Mr. Osburn's Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at CMC.