Jamil Jaffer, Former Clerk to Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch, Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee on Behalf of Nominee


March 23, 2017
Contact: Mike Burita

Scalia Law Adjunct Professor Jamil Jaffer, Former Clerk to Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch, Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee on Behalf of Nominee

Arlington, VA – Jamil N. Jaffer, an adjunct professor at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary today in support of Supreme Court nominee Neil S. Gorsuch. Jaffer served as a former law clerk to Gorsuch and is available for interview to share his perspective on President Trump’s pick for the nation’s highest court. Jaffer knows Gorsuch well both personally and professionally. A live stream to today’s hearing is available here.

Jamil N. Jaffer is founder of the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Scalia Law School.  He is an expert on counterterrorism, intelligence, surveillance, cybersecurity, and other national security matters.  In addition to the government service described below, during the Bush Administration, Jamil served in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy where he worked on the confirmations of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to the United States Supreme Court.

Jamil previously served as the Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as Senior Counsel to House Intelligence Committee.  In the Bush Administration, in addition to serving in OLP, Jamil served in the White House as an Associate Counsel to the President and in the Justice Department as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

Jamil Jaffer’s full bio is here and recent media appearances  here and here (PBS interview starts at 3:35).

About George Mason

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 35,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility.

About the Scalia Law School

The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University is defined by three words: Learn. Challenge. Lead. Students receive an outstanding legal education (Learn), are taught to critically evaluate prevailing orthodoxy and pursue new ideas (Challenge), and, ultimately, are well prepared to distinguish themselves in their chosen fields (Lead). It has been one of America’s top-ranked law schools for the last fifteen years.