Profiles in Change:
We are proud to highlight the accomplishments of some of our fellow Dartmouth Alums. If you know of an alum who has found innovative ways to make change happen, who has created something, or who has just done something interesting, please contact us.

Heather Halstead '97 - Reach The World geography education
Heather Halstead '97 founded Reach the World in 1998 to broaden the horizons of students in underserved public schools by connecting them online in their classrooms to real-world international voyages that spark their interest in geography and world cultures. Today, Reach the World has served more than 8,000 students in New York City and Chicago, bringing together the thrill of round-the-world sailing trips with best-in-class tools for geographic education.
posted by Karsten A. Barde 04 | updated October 8, 2007

Sixth Annual Social Justice Awards
The culmination of Dartmouth's MLK celebration, the Social Justice Awards recognize community members and organizations whose work exemplifies the principles of Martin Luther King Jr. This year's recipients are: Paul Holzer '00, Thomas W. Wahman '60, Karen Kramer Hein DMS'68, Jim Butterworth Tuck '91, The Mascoma Clinic, and the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) program. Read their bios at .
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated January 18, 2007

Young Alums Making A Difference at Boston Charter School
From teachers, tutors, and volunteers, to the school's new principal, there are signs of Dartmouth everywhere at MATCH--a new Boston school whose purpose is to transform young people on the verge of failure into college--bound high school seniors. Jorge Miranda '01, Tony Luckett '01, Tara Kyle '04, Bryant Ho '05, Brian Burgess '05 and Kate Nugent '06 find fulfillment in making a difference in the lives of high school students in Boston. Read more online at (text courtesy of YADA)
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated January 2, 2007

Neal Katyal '91 Wins Guantanamo Decision in the Supreme Court

This month's Dartmouth Alumni Magazine highlighted Neil Katyal's outstanding representation of Guantanamo detainee Hamdan, resulting in a sweeping Supreme Court decision this week condemning the overreaching of executive power. Click to see a short description of the article from Law as well as an earlier posting by the Dartmouth student organization BuzzFlood.

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Law Blog Lawyer of the Day: Neal Katyal
Posted by Peter Lattman
The Supreme Court ruled in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that President Bush overstepped his authority in plans for war crimes trials at Guantanamo Bay. A big winner in today�s decision: Neal Katyal, the Georgetown law professor who represented Hamdan, Osama bin Laden�s former driver, in his legal challenge.

The current issue of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine has a cover story on Katyal, Big Green Class of �91. �What�s happening in Guantanamo is fundamentally inconsistent with the tenets of being an American,� said Katyal, the son of Indian immigrants. �These are the first military trials to single out foreigners. We are supposed to have equal protection under the law.�

The Yale Law grad clerked for former Yale School dean Guido Calabresi on the Second Circuit and then Justice Breyer during the 1996-97 term. Though Hamdan was his first oral argument before the Supremes, he�s not lacking in prior High Court experience, having worked on a 2002 �Pledge of Allegiance� case, the University of Michigan Law School affirmative action case, and Bush v. Gore.

His crusade against the White House�s military tribunal policies began just two months after September 11, when he read about the policy in the papers. He dug up the Bush�s order on the Internet and quickly decided the president had usurped congressional powers. During his next constitutional law class at Georgetown, he announced his discovery. �I walked into class and said I�d found something blatantly unconstitutional,� he said.

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Neal Katyal '91 brings terrorism case to Supreme Court
Posted on Monday, November 07 2005 - 04:14 PM

Neal Katyal '91, a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, has succeeded in convincing the Supreme Court to hear the case of Osama bin Laden's driver, who is being held at Guant�namo Bay on terrorism charges. On November 7, the Court granted a petition for certiorari filed on behalf of Katyal's client, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who maintains that he never took up arms against the U.S. The upcoming hearing of Hamdan's case is seen as the latest test of the Administration's assertion of authority to try enemy combatants and of its stance on the applicability of the U.S. Constitution and the Geneva Conventions.

The Supreme Court agreed today to take a case involving Osama bin Laden's driver that presents a major test to the Bush administration's military tribunals for foreign terror suspects.

The justices will review the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni in his mid-30's who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and charged with conspiracy to commit attacks on civilians, murder and terrorism.

The court's announcement today was a disappointment to administration lawyers, who had argued forcefully that it was premature for the justices to get involved because Mr. Hamdan, who is being held at the Guant�namo Bay naval base in Cuba, has yet to have a full trial. The Hamdan case is one of several since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to stir intense debate about the balance between national security and personal liberties.

Mr. Hamdan has maintained through his lawyers that, even though he was a driver for Mr. bin Laden, he was not a member of Al Qaeda and never took up arms against Americans or their allies. His trial was abruptly halted one year ago tomorrow by a federal district judge in Washington, who ruled that the military commissions violated the Geneva Conventions and the United States Constitution.

The district judge's ruling was overturned unanimously last July by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In a big victory for the administration, the appeals court held that trying some detainees before military commissions did not violate the Constitution, international law or American military law, as the district judge had concluded.

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales hailed the circuit court's ruling when it was handed down. �The president's authority under the laws of our nation to try enemy combatants is a vital part of the global war on terror,� he said, asserting that the decision �reaffirms this critical authority.�

But Neal K. Katyal, a Georgetown University law professor who has represented Mr. Hamdan, expressed dismay and declared that the circuit court ruling �places absolute trust in the president, unchecked by the Constitution, statutes of Congress and longstanding treaties ratified by the Senate of the United States.�

Mr. Katyal noted at the time that many retired military officers had signed a brief supporting his position and expressing concerns that the treatment of detainees at Guant�namo Bay imperiled American troops who might be captured on the battlefield.

Today's announcement that the Supreme Court would take the case disappointed administration lawyers, who had maintained there was no need for the justices to intervene before a verdict.

Last July, Judge John G. Roberts was on the District of Columbia Circuit and ruled against Mr. Hamdan. Now, he is the new chief justice of the United States. Assuming that he does not take part in the Hamdan case when it is argued before the Supreme Court, there is a possibility of a 4-to-4 ruling, which would uphold the Circuit Court's ruling without setting a precedent for future cases.

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posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | posted July 3, 2006 | updated July 2, 2006 | contact poster

Alumni, Students Honored at Annual Social Justice Awards Ceremony
Recipients of the 2006 Social Justice Awards were the late Meleia Willis-Starbuck '07, Matthew Wilson '83, Thokozani Xaba '89, Nick Kotz '55, and Grace Paley '98H. Three student organizations, the Darfur Action Group, Outdoor Leadership Experience, and Engineers Without Borders, were also honored. The awards were established in 2002 to recognize alumni, faculty, administrators, staff, student groups, and friends of the College who have contributed significantly to peace, civil rights, education, public health, environmental, or social justice.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated April 1, 2006

David Dawley '63 & his work with the Chicago-based Vice Lords
Go to for a fascinating article on the work of David Dawley '63 in the late 1960s. He helped convert a street gang in Chicago to a community-based organization. About his work, Dawley is quoted as saying "�We showed, at least for a few minutes, that we could change the world.� You can read even more in Dawley's 1973 book "A Nation of Lords," available at
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated March 29, 2006

Matt Souka '04 - Founder of the Hopscotch Network
Matt Souka '04 founded the Hopscotch Network, which mobilizes socially conscious young adults to support established non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of children through educational and life-improving support. There are currently chapters in San Francisco and New York City.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated April 24, 2005

Keith Boykin '87
Keith is a prominent national political activist on issues related to the intersection of race and sexuality. Keith went to Harvard Law School, worked in the Clinton administration, and has written several books on Black America and the need to construct a more inclusive society. Included here is his bio as well as an article on his meeting with Louis Farrakhan.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated March 3, 2005

Six to receive Social Justice Awards from Dartmouth
January 10, 2005: The College will honor those who have made significant contributions to the fields of civil rights, education, environmental justice, public service and public health in its annual Social Justice Awards ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated January 18, 2005

Two alumni receive public service awards
September 19, 2003. The William Jewett Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College has announced the latest recipients of its Lester B. Granger '18 award for outstanding public service by a Dartmouth graduate. This year's winners are Theresa Ellis '97 and Michael Stern '59.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated November 5, 2003

Dartmouth alums found Democrats 2020
While we are a non-partisan organization, we would like to highlight the work of 2 alums - Josh Green '00 and Jorge Miranda '01 - who recently founded Democrats 2020.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated November 5, 2003

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