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Cutler Bio

CutlerLeonard Cutler, Ph.D., is a Professor of Public Law and pre-law advisor in the political science department at Siena College, where he has been teaching for over thirty years.  He has been recognized for outstanding teaching both by Siena College and the American Political Science Association and has established a number of innovative learning opportunities for Siena students including the Summer Legal Fellows Program and the Jurist in Residence Program.

Cutler’s areas of expertise include criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, international law, and the U.S. Supreme Court. His research has appeared in edited volumes and in such journals as the Journal of Criminal Justice and Criminal Law Review.  Cutler has been recognized for Outstanding Criminal Justice Research by the American Criminal Justice Association and has received the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship.

Cutler is the author of several books including:  The Rule of Law and Law of War: Military Commissions and Enemy Combatants Post 9/11 (2005, Edwin Mellen Press), Developments in the National Security Policy of the United States Since 9/11: The Separate Roles of the President, the Congress, and the Supreme Court (2008,  Edwin Mellen Press)

Cutler has provided testimony before Congress, the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate in the fall of 2008, on Restoring the Rule of Law, in which he examined war powers, NSA Surveillance, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and executive privilege. He has also provided testimony to the Obama Administration on counterterrorism and national security policy.

Cutler holds a Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research.

Teaching Awards and Recognition:

  • The Fr. Matthew T. Conlin, O.F.M. Distinguished Service Award: 2011-2012
  • The Fr. Jerome Walton Award for Excellence in Teaching: 2000-2001
  • The Raymond Kennedy Excellence in Scholarship Award: 2009-2010

Cutler was recently recognized by the Town of Colonie with its “Gavel Award.” This honor is given annually to a teacher or college professor in Colonie who successfully brings knowledge of the courtroom into the classroom. Full Story