Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
Executive Director

Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret.)Charles Dunlap is a retired Air Force major general who received his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph's University (PA), and his law degree from Villanova University. Prior to retiring from the military in June of 2010, General Dunlap was responsible for assisting in the supervision of more than 2,500 military and civilian attorneys worldwide. His 34-year career included tours in both the United Kingdom and Korea, and he deployed for military operations in Africa and the Middle East. Totaling more than 120 publications, his writings address a wide range of topics including various aspects of national security law, airpower, counterinsurgency, cyberpower, civil-military relations, and leadership. A distinguished graduate of the National War College, General Dunlap speaks frequently at professional conferences and at numerous institutions of higher learning, to include Harvard, Yale, MIT, UVA, and Stanford, as well as National Defense University and the Air, Army, and Navy War Colleges.

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Scott L. Silliman
Director Emeritus

Professor Scott L. SillimanScott Silliman received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served for 25 years as an Air Force judge advocate, retiring in the grade of colonel in 1993 just prior to joining Duke's law school faculty and establishing the Center. As the senior attorney for Tactical Air Command during the first Persian Gulf War of 1990-91, and later as Air Combat Command's senior attorney, he has extensive experience in operational and other areas of military law. He is a frequent commentator on national and international television and radio news programs, and is quoted on a regular basis by print media from around the world. On November 10, 2011, President Obama nominated Professor Silliman to be a federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Military Commission Review, and the Senate confirmed him on June 21, 2012. He was formally appointed to the Court by the President on August 30, 2012, and currently serves as the Court’s Deputy Chief Judge.

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Victoria Zellefrow
Center Coordinator

Victoria ZellefrowVictoria Zellefrow grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA and later in the suburbs of Houston, TX. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Houston. She has worked at Rice University, North Carolina State University, and Duke University.


Carol Abken
Center Administrator

Carrol AbkenCarol Abken earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Duke Law, she worked at a small law firm in Raleigh. 


Tessa Deardorff
Research Assistant

Tessa Deardorff

Tessa Deardorff is a student at Duke University School of Law, where she is pursuing both her J.D. and a LL.M. in Comparative and International Law. She graduated cum laude and with honors from Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences (B.A. ’12, International Comparative Studies, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies). She has undertaken a legal internship in Beirut, Lebanon.  





Sarah Hitt
Research Assistant

Tessa Deardorff

Sarah Hitt is a student at Duke University School of Law, currently pursuing a joint-degree program, J.D./LL.M in International and Comparative Law. Previously, she graduated with honors from Columbia University (B.A. '16, Political Science, Psychology) and the Jewish Theological Seminary (B.A. '16 Judaic Gender and Women's Studies).  She has undertaken a legal internship in Tel Aviv, Israel. 



Professor Robinson O. Everett

Professor Robinson O. Everett
We honor the memory of the creator and founder of the Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security, The Honorable Robinson O. Everett, esteemed judge, beloved teacher, respected lawyer, humble citizen.
Read about Professor Everett's life and legacy