Eugene R. Fidell

Eugene Roy Fidell (born March 31, 1945) is an American lawyer specializing in military law.[1] He is currently the Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.[2][3]


Queens College 1965
Harvard Law School 1968

Military serviceEdit

United States Coast Guard 1969-1972


Fidell has been married to Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse since January 1, 1981.[4] Together they have one daughter, filmmaker Hannah Margalit Fidell (born October 7, 1985).[5]

Current practiceEdit

Fidell is a former partner with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, a law firm in Washington, DC. He joined the firm in 1984, and now is listed as "of counsel."[6] He is often asked to serve as a commentator on military law on TV. For a number of years beginning in 2006 he was an Adjunct Professor at Washington College of Law. He has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. Fidell was a co-founder and is the former President of the National Institute of Military Justice. His principal present position is as Senior Research Scholar and Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School.


Fidell has been a critic of the Bush Presidency's policy on captives taken in the "war on terror".[7]

Commenting on District Court Judge Joyce Hens Green's analysis of the classified dossiers prepared for captives' Combatant Status Review Tribunals, Fidell said,[8]

It suggests the procedure is a sham, If a case like that can get through, what it means is that the merest scintilla of evidence against someone would carry the day for the government, even if there's a mountain of evidence on the other side.

Clark Hoyt of the New York Times described Fidell holding back in participating in preparing a brief submitted to the Supreme Court on behalf of National Institute of Military Justice and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia because of the concern it would be considered a conflict of interest, since his wife, journalist Linda Greenhouse, was covering the case.[9] NIMH is associated with American University's Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C..

Slate magazine published an article written by Emily Bazelon and Dahlia Lithwick, criticizing the New York Times for failing to show more support for their employee.[10]

According to Bazelon and Lithwick, the main critic of Greenhouse covering stories where her husband Fidell has a role is M. Edward Whelan III of the National Review. They wrote:

Unable to point to any actual bias, Whelan resorts to the petulant claim that the effect of Fidell's involvement in the detainee cases "would be impossible to separate … from the broader political bias that pervades so much of Greenhouse's reporting."

The Washington Times published an op-ed by Fidell on 7 December 2008.[3] He concluded,

The new administration should suspend all military commission proceedings while it settles on an overall policy. Similarly, it should seek a "timeout" for all detainee-related litigation while it fashions a coherent legal strategy. In the long run, this will save time for everyone, including the detainees, who in the eyes of the world have become symbols of a failed system.


  • Eugene R. Fidell (2002). "Evolving Military Justice,". Naval Institute Press. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Eugene R. Fidell (2006). "Guide to the Rules of Practice and Procedure for the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Eugene R. Fidell (2002). "Annotated Guide: Procedures for Trials by Military Commissions of Certain Non-United States Citizens in the War Against Terrorism". LexisNexis. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Eugene R. Fidell (2003). "Military Commission Instructions Sourcebooks". LexisNexis. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Eugene R. Fidell, Elizabeth L. Hillman, Dwight H. Sullivan (2007). "Military Justice: Cases and Materials". LexisNexis. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)


  1. ^ "Eugene R. Fidell". Feldesman Tucker Liefer Fidell llp. Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2007-11-19.
  2. ^ [1] YLS profile
  3. ^ a b Eugene R. Fidell (2008-12-07). "SOLUTIONS/FIDELL: What should the U.S. do about Gitmo?". Washington Times. Archived from the original on 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2008-12-08.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Linda Greenhouse Bride of Eugene R. Fidell". The New York Times. January 2, 1981.
  5. ^ Brennan, Elizabeth A.; Clarage, Elizabeth C. Who's who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. Greenwood Publishing. p. 6. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  6. ^ [2] firm website
  7. ^ Eugene R. Fidell, Dwight H. Sullivan, Detlev F. Vagts (December 2005). "Military Commission Law" (PDF). The Army Lawyer. Retrieved 2007-11-10.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Leonnig, Carol D. (March 27, 2005). "Panel Ignored Evidence on Detainee". Washington Post. pp. A01. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  9. ^ Clark Hoyt (January 20, 2008). "Public and Private Lives, Intersecting". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  10. ^ Emily Bazelon, Dahlia Lithwick (January 22, 2008). "Lay Off Linda: Why doesn't the New York Times stand up for Linda Greenhouse?". Slate magazine. Retrieved 2008-01-25. Whelan didn't point to any concrete problem with Greenhouse's handling of these cases. That should be easier to do than with almost any other reporter, given that Greenhouse relies primarily on court filings and oral arguments that are publicly available in their entirety, as Yale law professor Judith Resnik points out to us. Unable to point to any actual bias, Whelan resorts to the petulant claim that the effect of Fidell's involvement in the detainee cases 'would be impossible to separate … from the broader political bias that pervades so much of Greenhouse's reporting.'

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