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Counterterrorism Law, Veterans Law


Carlissa Carson 08L currently serves as Staff Attorney in the Emory Volunteer Clinic for Veterans (Emory VCV). Carson began her legal career as a litigation associate at Freeman Mathis & Gary. Before joining Emory VCV, she most recently served as District Counsel for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

In addition to her role at Emory VCV, she is a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force (Air National Guard). She is Staff Judge Advocate at the 117 Air Refueling Wing and recently graduated from Air War College. Carson completed Army ROTC at Georgia Institute of Technology and previously served as a Military Intelligence Officer and as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Carson is a 2008 graduate of Emory Law (J.D.) where she wrote for the Emory Law Journal and participated in the International Humanitarian Law Clinic. She is also a with distinction graduate of Georgetown Law (LL.M, concentration in International Law and Human Rights). At Georgetown Law, Carson wrote for the Journal of Law and Public Policy and served as a Teaching Fellow.

Carson enjoys taking an active role in her community. She served as a Barrister in the Bleckley Inn of Court (2012 – 2015), was selected as a Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leader by the Diplomatic Courier (2012), and was recognized as one of Atlanta’s Power 30 Under 30 (2010) for professional and community excellence. She also served on the Board of Directors for GA WAND and served as Regional Political Director of the Truman National Security Project (2011 – 2013).


"Yes We Can Revise the Military Commissions System, but Why?," 25 Conn. J. Int’l L. 389 (July 2010).

"The Military Commissions Act of 2006: How its Inability to Curb Abusive Interrogations Threatens the Future Treatment of Detainees and the United States’ Reputation," 57 Emory L.J. 695 (June 2008).