Afsheen John Radsan

Professor of Law

Director, National Security Forum

“Whether students or juries, the conclusions they reach are more powerful when they are the ones connecting the dots.”


A.B. summa cum laude, 1983, Duke University
J.D. cum laude, 1987, Harvard Law School


William Mitchell College of Law: associate professor of law, 2004-09; professor of law, 2009-.

Assistant general counsel, C.I.A., Langley, Va., 2002-04.

Counsel to Afridi & Angell and consultant, Washington, D.C., 1998-2002.

U.S. Department of Justice: Assistant U.S. attorney, San Diego, Calif., 1995-97; Resident legal advisor, Moscow, 1995; Adjunct professor, George Mason University School of Law, 1993; Trial attorney, Fraud Section, Washington, D.C., 1991-95.

Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell, New York, 1989-90.

Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Chicago, 1988-89.

Admitted: California, District of Columbia, Illinois, New York, Minnesota.

Foreign languages: fluent in Farsi, French, and Spanish.

Professional Focus

Besides his work as a corporate lawyer and as a consultant, Professor Radsan served for over eight years in the federal government. He is an expert on legal issues related to national security. His combination of law enforcement experience, intelligence community experience, and Middle Eastern origins makes him unique within the legal academy. He is often quoted by the local and national media.