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Jamil N. Jaffer to Direct Homeland and National Security Law Program at Mason Law

Mason Law Dean Daniel Polsby has announced that Jamil N. Jaffer has been selected to direct the law school’s Homeland and National Security Law Program.

Jaffer is an adjunct professor at the School of Law, where, among other things, he teaches a seminar on surveillance law. He currently serves as the Republican Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor to the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where he advises the Ranking Member of the Committee on a range of foreign policy and national security matters.

Jaffer has held positions previously as Senior Counsel to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the United State House of Representatives; Associate Counsel to the President at the White House; Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel for National Security Law and Policy in the National Security Division of the United States Department of Justice; and in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, where, among other things, he worked on the confirmations of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.

Prior to serving on Capitol Hill, Jaffer worked at Kellogg Huber, a Washington, D.C.-based trial litigation firm.  He also has served as an adjunct professor at the National Intelligence University, where he taught a seminar on intelligence and national security law.

Jaffer holds a BA, cum laude, from UCLA, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned an MA, with distinction, from the United States Naval War College and a JD, with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School. While attending law school, Jaffer served as an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, Managing Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law, and the National Symposium Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Subsequent to his graduation from law school, Jaffer served as a law clerk to The Honorable Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and The Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Jaffer has provided testimony before committees of the United States House of Representatives and Senate and has appeared on radio and in various print and online publications. He also has published a book chapter on surveillance laws in the American Bar Association’s The Law of Counterterrorism (2011).