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M.A. 2008, Naval Postgraduate School, security studies, Winner of Outstanding Thesis Awardk J.D. 1999, The University of Chicago Law School; B.A. 1996, magna cum laude, Yale University, political science
National Security Law
Ms. Blum is an attorney for the Department of Homeland Security where she advises the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on application of federal laws to the Office’s activities. Since 2009, she has also been an instructor at MSU’s Criminal Justice School where she teaches courses on terrorism and liability for public and private policing. In 2009, she served on a Department of Justice Task Force, set up by Executive Order, analyzing policy options for issues relating to the detention, trial, transfer, and release of individuals captured in connection with armed conflicts and counterterrorism operations.
From 2003-2009, Ms. Blum was an employment litigator for the Transportation Security Administration where she defended the Agency against employment discrimination complaints and challenges to adverse personnel actions before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and district courts. In this capacity, she won the Silver Medal Award, Illumination Award, Special Act Award, and Bronze Medal Award for tenacity, strength, and persuasiveness in litigating cases and excellent trial skills, including extensive pretrial briefing, thorough witness preparation, and highly effective direct and cross examination.
After graduating from law school at The University of Chicago in 1999, Ms. Blum worked at Jenner & Block and served as a law clerk to three federal judges. She has written a book and several pieces on homeland security related issues.