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

 

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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.

CSIS: Cyber Disrupt 2017

The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted Cyber Disrupt 2017, a one-day summit in Washington, D.C.

NSI Founder Jamil Jaffer spoke at a cyber security event hosted by CSIS on aspects of cybersecurity, policy, and technology on March 15, 2017. Begin video at 7:43:43

National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School Announces Advisory Board

 

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National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School Announces Advisory Board

Nearly Two Dozen Members Representing Decades of Expertise and Public Service in Federal Counterterrorism, Defense, and Intelligence 

Arlington, VA – The National Security Institute (NSI) at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University today released names of a board of advisors representing decades of experience in public service in a wide range of federal counterterrorism, defense, and intelligence agencies.  They include former senior national security officials from multiple prior administrations and the U.S. Congress, including Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, CIA Director Gen (ret.) Michael V. Hayden, and NSA Director and Founding Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Gen. (ret.) Keith B. Alexander, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI), and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matt Olsen.  A full list of current NSI Advisory Board members can be found here.

“The NSI Board of Advisors is represented by a deep bench of today’s key influencers in counterterrorism, defense, and intelligence,” said NSI Founder Jamil N. Jaffer. “It will bolster our organization as we strive to contribute practical solutions to complex national security questions from maintaining highly effective and fully lawful foreign intelligence surveillance capabilities to securing our nation’s critical computer networks and systems.”

The NSI was launched last month as a resource to bring national security experts together with policymakers to find practical answers to hard national security law and policy questions. From its advantageous location right next to the nation’s capital, NSI serves as a platform for research, teaching, scholarship, and policy development that incorporates a realistic assessment of the threats facing the United States and its allies, as well as an appreciation of the legal and practical challenges facing U.S. intelligence, defense, law enforcement, homeland security, and cybersecurity communities.

The institute draws on the experience of its board of advisors as well as faculty members and experts to produce research and policy materials that are highly relevant to current questions of national security law and policy and that are immediately useful to senior policymakers in the White House and key departments and agencies, as well as on Capitol Hill.

About George Mason

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 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.

George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School Announces Creation of National Security Institute

 

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George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School Announces Creation of National Security Institute

Arlington, VA – The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University today announced the creation of a National Security Institute (NSI) to bring national security experts together with policymakers to find practical answers to hard national security law and policy questions.

“The new National Security Institute will strive to provide much needed balance to the public discourse on the most difficult national security challenges facing the United States and its allies,” said Scalia Law Dean Henry N. Butler.  “Drawing on our location next door to the Nation’s capital, NSI will bring together a set of top-notch faculty members and experts with decades of combined experience tackling national security challenges in all three branches of the U.S. government, in order to educate students and help shape the policy debate on these critically important issues.”

NSI will serve as a platform for research, teaching, scholarship, and policy development that incorporates a realistic assessment of the threats facing the United States and its allies, as well as an appreciation of the legal and practical challenges facing U.S. intelligence, defense, law enforcement, homeland security, and cybersecurity communities.

The new institute will draw on the experience of its faculty members and experts to produce research and policy materials that are highly relevant to current questions of national security law and policy and that are immediately useful to senior policymakers in the White House and key departments and agencies, as well as on Capitol Hill.

The founder of the new NSI is Adjunct Professor of Law Jamil N. Jaffer, who also serves as head of the Scalia Law School’s National Security Law & Policy Program, a signature educational program dedicated to creating the next generation of lawyers and leaders in the national security field.

Professor Jaffer is an expert in national security and cybersecurity law and policy, counterterrorism, surveillance, and international relations.  He most recently served in government as Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and previously served at the House Intelligence Committee, at the White House, and in the front office of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.  Professor Jaffer is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and served as a law clerk to current Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil M. Gorsuch and Judge Edith H. Jones.  Jaffer’s full bio is available here.

“Our goal is to contribute practical solutions to complex national security questions, from maintaining highly effective and fully lawful foreign intelligence surveillance capabilities to securing our computer networks and systems,” Jaffer said.  “We will bring our faculty and other experts together with policymakers from across the political spectrum to identify thoughtful and balanced answers to these often polarizing questions.  Scalia Law students will benefit from the Institute’s high level of engagement—learning first hand from experts in the field and contributing to some of most important policy discussions of our time.”

About George Mason

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 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).