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George Mason Professor Jon Gould Selected as Supreme Court Fellow

George Mason University today announced that associate professor of administration of justice, Jon Gould, has been selected as the 2006-2007 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Federal Judicial Center. Gould also teaches at Mason's School of Law.

As the fellow at the Federal Judicial Center, Gould will provide assistance with the Center's research and history programs. His fellowship begins in the fall and continues through 2007. Gould will take a leave of absence from the University to pursue the fellowship.

The Supreme Court Fellows Program was created in 1973 by the late Chief Justice Warren E. Burger to provide promising individuals with a first-hand understanding of the federal government, in particular the judicial branch. In the words of Chief Justice Roberts, the program offers "a unique opportunity to learn about and contribute to the administration of justice at the national level."

Each year, fellows work with top officials in the judicial branch of government. With assignments at the Supreme Court, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Federal Judicial Center, and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, fellows have been involved in various projects examining the federal judicial process and seeking, proposing and implementing solutions to problems in the administration of justice.

Prior to joining the faculty at George Mason in 1999, Gould was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, at the Institute of Governmental Studies from 1996 to 1999. He was a fellow and later acting assistant director from 1991 to 1996 at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. From 1992-1994 he was college counsel and special assistant to the president of Beloit College. He first entered academe in 1991, when he served for a year as a Harry A. Bigelow Fellow and lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School conducting research on corporate political speech while teaching first-year law students legal advocacy. Gould was a practicing attorney at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Washington, DC from 1989 to 1991. He currently serves as chair of the Innocence Commission for Virginia, a project that analyzes wrongful convictions and recommends reforms. He is a member of the advisory boards for the American Judicature Society and the International Judicial Academy. He is the author of numerous books and journal articles on law and justice, expecting publication next year of Upon Further Review: Inside Wrongful Convictions, from NYU Press.

Gould earned an A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1985, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1989, a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1999.

The Supreme Court Fellows are selected by a commission comprised of nine members selected by the Chief Justice of the United States.