NSI Visiting Fellow Jane Nitze Nominated to be a Member of the PCLOB

March 13, 2018
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National Security Institute Visiting Fellow Jane Nitze Nominated to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Arlington, VA – The White House today announced the nomination of NSI Visiting Fellow Jane Nitze to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.  Immediately prior to joining NSI, Ms. Nitze served as a law clerk to Justice Neil M. Gorsuch of the United States Supreme Court.  Ms. Nitze is a distinguished lawyer and scholar, having served as an attorney-advisor in the Justice Department’s prestigious Office of Legal Counsel and as a Climenko Fellow at the Harvard Law School, where her areas of scholarly interest focused on national security, separation of powers, and administrative law.  Ms. Nitze also previously served as a clerk for Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Supreme Court and then-Judge Gorsuch on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and worked as a lawyer at the highly-regarded DC litigation powerhouse Kellogg Huber.  Ms. Nitze is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was, among other things, an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a research assistant to Professor Laurence Tribe.  Ms. Nitze also holds a B.A., cum laude, in Physics and an M.A. in Statistics, both from Harvard College.

“Janie truly exemplifies what it means to be a lawyer and scholar,” said NSI founder Jamil N. Jaffer, who clerked for Justice Gorsuch alongside Ms. Nitze and worked with her at Kellogg Huber.  “Janie has spent a significant portion of her career focused on the key issues at the intersection of the law, privacy, and national security, including ensuring that the rights of all Americans under the Constitution and laws of the United States are preserved and protected vigorously as the government does its job of protecting the nation, and her nomination to the PCLOB is a testament to her dedication to these critical issues,” said Jaffer.

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is an independent agency within the Executive Branch that ensures the federal government’s efforts to prevent terrorism are balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties.  The bipartisan, five-member Board is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Ms. Nitze’s bio can be found here.  More information on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board can be found here.


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