Carter Burwell is an adjunct professor at George Mason’s Antonin Scalia Law School and has more than a decade of experience working on criminal and national security matters in all three branches of government. From 2007 to 2014, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the Department of Justice: first in the Violent Crimes and Terrorism Unit in the Eastern District of New York, and then in the National Security Unit in the Eastern District of Virginia. During that time, he participated in the investigation and prosecution of individuals affiliated with designated foreign terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. He also investigated and prosecuted criminal organizations for acts of violence and narcotics trafficking and participated in death penalty prosecutions. In 2009, Burwell also served on President Obama’s inter-agency Guantanamo Review Task Force. In 2015, following the unauthorized disclosures of classified information by Edward Snowden, Burwell was detailed from the Department of Justice to the Senate Judiciary Committee to assist with reviews and reforms to national security authorities governing the collection of foreign intelligence information as well as criminal investigative tools. He currently works for the U.S. Senate.
Burwell holds degrees from Columbia University (A.B), the University of Cambridge (M.Phil.), and the University of Virginia (J.D.). After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York and the Honorable Karen LeCraft Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He also worked for the law firm of Davis Polk and Wardwell.