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Wes Powell, BA’91: Crusader for Justice

Mar. 15, 2017, 9:55 AM

In July 2004, Wes Powell received what he now refers to as “the Guantánamo call.” Life hasn’t been the same since.

That same year the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that men imprisoned at the U.S. Navy base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had a right to challenge their detention in federal court. After Powell’s law firm agreed to represent Guantánamo prisoners, Powell—a corporate litigator and antitrust lawyer for 20 years—received a phone call from the partner in charge of pro bono work at his firm. Hours later he was lead counsel to three French citizens who had been held in Guantánamo since early 2002.


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