Much of the practice of law is about being an effective writer. Most of a lawyer's days is spent preparing briefs and motions and drafting letters and documents. David is an exceptionally gifted writer, able to articulate complex legal concepts in an accessible, easily understood and compelling manner. He writes frequently for both scholarly and popular publications and websites on topics including legal education reform, military justice, national security, terrorism, and issues related to Guantanamo detainees and military commissions. His writings have been published on leading websites such as CNN.com, Salon.com, Huffington Post, and Jurist, among others, and in leading scholarly journals like the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Duke Law Journal, and the American Journal of Criminal Law. With this kind of writing skill, imagine what he can do for you! Below is a list of many of his major publications.
Op-Eds, Essays, Letters and Blog Posts
On Legal Education:
Cost Cutting in an Age of Declining Law School Enrollment, The Faculty Lounge, January 15, 2015,
Parsing the Bloomberg Businessweek Article on Law School Admissions, The Faculty Lounge, January 8, 2015
David Frakt Responds to “Black Boxes and Halos” by Jay Conison, The Faculty Lounge January 4, 2015
David Frakt Responds to Dean Conison of Charlotte School of Law, The Faculty Lounge, December 23, 2014
How Low Can You Go, InfiLaw?, The Faculty Lounge, December 18, 2014
Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You, Florida Coastal, The Faculty Lounge, November 13, 2014
Improving Bar Passage Rates for At-Risk Students: Learning from Western State, The Faculty Lounge, August 21, 2014
David Frakt on His Shorter Than Expected Presentation at Florida Coastal School of Law. The Faculty Lounge, August 18, 2014
On Military Commissions, Military Justice, National Security, Terrorism and Guantanamo
Guest Post: Al Nashiri and the Existence of An Armed Conflict, Opinio Juris, May 9, 2014
Letter to the Editor: Lt. Colonel David J. R. Frakt, What Will Happen to al Bahlul, Just Security, July 18, 2014
Don’t Send Alleged Al Qaeda Fighter to Guantanamo, CNN.com (October 10, 2013)
How to Salvage the Military Commissions, Lawfare, August 5, 2013
Should Commanders Have Jurisdiction Over Military Sexual Assault Cases? CQ Researcher, Aug 9, 2013
Guest Post: David Frakt on the Al Bahlul Amicus Brief, Opinio Juris, July 28, 2013
Shame and Pride, The Mantle, May 6, 2013
Release the Cleared Detainees to end the Hunger Strike, JURIST - Forum, Apr. 30, 2013
Vengeance Shouldn’t Guide Prosecution, CNN.com (April 22, 2013)
Military Commissions: A Failed Experiment, JURIST - Forum (Oct. 23, 2012)
Guantanamo Detainees: The 'Other' Victims of 9/11, JURIST - Forum (Sept. 20, 2012)
Double Standards in the War on Terror, JURIST - Forum (Apr. 2, 2012)
Mohammed Jawad and the Military Commissions of Guantanamo, The Legal Workshop (March 28, 2011)
My Debate with Marc Thiessen, Huffington Post (September 18, 2010)
New Manual for Military Commissions Disregards the Commander-in-Chief, Congressional Intent and the Laws of War, Huffington Post (April 29, 2010)
Terrorists Should be Tried in Court, CNN.com (March 17, 2010)
In Praise of the Gitmo Bar, truthout.org (March 11, 2010)
Let the Military Commissions Die, Salon.com (Aug. 4, 2009)
Confessions of a Terrorist Sympathizer, Salon.com (March 9, 2010)
Book Chapters and Contributions
Book Chapter: David J. R. Frakt, A Tale of Two Detainees in Obama's Guantanamo: Stories from an Enduring Prison edited by Jonathan Hafetz (NYU Press, forthcoming)
Book Chapter: David J. R. Frakt, Statement of Major David J.R. Frakt, USAFR, Office of Military Commissions, Office of the Chief Defense Counsel in The Military Commissions Act and Detainee Trials, edited by Joshua Segel (Nova 2011). ISBN: 978-1-61470-144-6
Book Chapter: Closing Argument, (reproduces oral argument by Major David J. R. Frakt, in U.S. v. Mohammed Jawad, June 19, 2008) in Trial by Jury 2009, by David R. Marriott (Practising Law Institute 2009)
Book Chapter: (co-author) David J. R. Frakt and Arthur N. Frakt, Roosevelt’s Vision in Legal and Political Jeopardy, in Educating for Democracy in a Changing World: Understanding Freedom in Contemporary America, edited by Stephen M Fain, David M. Callejo Perez and Judith J. Slater (Peter Lang 2007) ISBN: 978-0-8204-7066-5
Contributor: Is Lawfare Worth Defining? Report of the Cleveland Experts Meeting September 11, 2010, 43 Case W. Res. J. Int'l L. 11 (2010)
Contributor: The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison Outside the Law, edited by Mark Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz (NYU Press 2009) http://guantanamo.fromthesquare.org/
Contributor: Madeline Morris, Terror and Integrity: Preventive Detention in the Age of Jihad (forthcoming Oxford Univ. Press)
Contributor: Larry Siems, The Torture Report: What the Documents Say about America's Post-9/11 Torture Program (OR Books 2012)
Law Review and Other Scholarly Articles
David J. R. Frakt, Persuasion in Civil Rights Advocacy: Lessons Learned in Representing Guantanamo Detainees, Michigan State Law Review (Forthcoming Fall 2015) (Invited submission)
David J. R. Frakt, Lt Col, The Decision to Seek Death: A Field Guide to Advising Convening Authorities on the Capital Referral Decision, The Reporter (AFJAGS), Vol. 42, No. 1 (March 2015)
David J. R. Frakt, Applying International Fair Trial Standards to the Military Commissions of Guantanamo, 37 S.I.U. L. J. 551 (2013) (Invited submission)
David J. R. Frakt, Prisoners of Congress: The Constitutional and Political Clash Over Detainees and the Closure of Guantanamo, 74 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 1 (2012)
David J. R. Frakt, Direct Participation in Hostilities as a War Crime: America’s Failed Efforts to Change the Law of War, 46 Valparaiso L. Rev. 729 (2012). (Invited submission for special edition) (Awarded the Lieber Society Richard R. Baxter Military Prize Certificate of Merit)
David J. R. Frakt, When Mandatory Isn’t Required: Mandatory Sentences under the UCMJ, (July 11, 2012) University of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-23
David J. R. Frakt, Mohammed Jawad and the Military Commissions of Guantanamo, 60 Duke L. J. 1367 (2011).
David J. R. Frakt, The Practice of Criminal Law in the Guantanamo Military Commissions, 67 Air Force L. Rev. 35 (2011).
David J. R. Frakt, Military Accountability (Or The Lack Thereof) For Detainee Abuse: The Instructive Case of Mohammed Jawad, 45 U.S.F. L. Rev. 873 (2011). (Invited submission)
David J. R. Frakt, The Myth of Divided Loyalties: Defending Detainees and the Constitution in the Guantanamo Military Commissions, 43 Case W. Res. J. Int'l L. 545 (2011). (Invited submission)
David J. R. Frakt, Lawfare and Counterlawfare: The Demonization of the Gitmo Bar and Other Legal Strategies in the War on Terror, 43 Case W. Res. J. Int'l L. 335 (2010). (Invited submission)
David J. R. Frakt, Closing Argument at Guantanamo: The Torture of Mohammed Jawad, 22 Harvard Human Rts J. 1 (2009).
David J. R. Frakt, Closing Argument at Guantanamo II: The Torture of Mohammed Jawad, Continued, PEN America World Voices Festival of International Literature (2013); published in Pen America; A Journal for Writers and Readers, PEN Voices, Issue 17, p. 86 (2014)
David J. R. Frakt, The Difficulty of Defending Detainees, 48 Washburn L. J. 391 (2009). (Invited submission)
David J. R. Frakt, An Indelicate Imbalance: A Critical Comparison of the Rules and Procedures for Military Commissions and Courts-Martial, 34 Am. J. Crim L. 315 (2007).
David J. R. Frakt, Fruitless Poisonous Trees in a Parallel Universe: Hudson v. Michigan, Knock-and-Announce and the Exclusionary Rule, 34 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 659 (2007).
Most of these law review articles are available for free on my SSRN Page.