Nathan A. Sales Joins Faculty of George Mason University School of Law

Nathan A. Sales, a former official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice, will join the faculty of George Mason University School of Law as an Assistant Professor in the spring 2008 semester. Professor Sales will teach National Security Law and Administrative Law.

From 2006-2007, Sales served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at DHS. His work focused on combating terrorist travel and improving information sharing. Sales led DHS's efforts to draft and implement legislation that strengthens the security features of, and expands, the Visa Waiver Program (which allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States without a visa). He headed the U.S. delegation in talks with seven countries to implement the new visa waiver security measures and served as the Secretary of Homeland Security's Special Envoy to South Korea.

Sales previously was Counsel, then Senior Counsel, in DOJ's Office of Legal Policy. In 2002, he received the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service -- the Department's highest honor -- for his role in drafting the USA PATRIOT Act. He received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award in 2003 for his work on judicial confirmations. Sales returned to OLP in summer 2005 to lead the Justice Department's "war room" for the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts. 

During the 2005-2006 academic year, Sales was John M. Olin Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center. From 2003 through 2005, he practiced at the Washington, D.C., law firm Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP. He clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. 

Sales was graduated from Duke Law School magna cum laude, joining the Order of the Coif and serving as Research Editor of the Duke Law Journal. He received his A.B., summa cum laude, from Miami University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 

"Nathan Sales is one of the most promising young legal scholars in the country," said the law school's dean, Dan Polsby. "We are delighted that he has joined our community."