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Prof. Jonathan R. Turley

J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, The George Washington Univ. Law School

Jonathan Turley is a nationally recognized legal scholar who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law. After a stint at Tulane Law School, Professor Turley joined the GW Law faculty in 1990, and in 1998, became the youngest chaired professor in the school’s history. 

He is the founder and executive director of the Project for Older Prisoners (POPS). He has written more than three dozen academic articles that have appeared in a variety of leading law journals including those of Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, and Northwestern Universities, among others. He most recently completed a three-part study of the historical and constitutional evolution of the military system. 

Professor Turley has served as counsel in some of the most notable cases in the last two decades, including his representation of the Area 51 workers at a secret air base in Nevada; the nuclear couriers at Oak Ridge, Tennessee; the Rocky Flats grand jury in Colorado; Dr. Eric Foretich, the husband in the Elizabeth Morgan custody controversy; and four former U.S. Attorney Generals during the Clinton impeachment litigation. Professor Turley also has served as counsel in a variety of national security and terrorism cases, and has been ranked as one of the top 10 lawyers handling military cases.

He has served as a consultant on homeland security and constitutional issues, and is a frequent witness before the House and Senate on constitutional and statutory issues as well as tort reform legislation. He also is a nationally recognized legal commentator; he ranked 38th in the top 100 most cited ‘public intellectuals’ in a recent study by Judge Richard Posner and was found to be the second most cited law professor in the country. 

He is a member of the USA Today board of contributors and the recipient of the “2005 Single Issue Advocate of the Year” – the annual opinion award for the Aspen Institute and The Week magazine. More than 400 of his articles on legal and policy issues regularly appear in national newspapers. He also has worked as the CBS and NBC legal analyst, respectively, during national controversies.

Education
  • B.A. University of Chicago
  • J.D., Northwestern University

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Publications and Multimedia
Suspension of Laws: What are the Limits of Executive Authority? - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 14, 2014
Is the Administrative State on the Rise? - Event Audio/Video
First Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 13, 2013
The Obstruction of Justice - Event Audio/Video
Criminal Law and Procedure Practice Group
May 29, 2008
Judicial Philosophy/Originalism-The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law - Event Video
A Conference Discussing the Contributions of Judge Robert H. Bork
June 26, 2007
Fair-weather Federalism - Event Audio
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group
March 30, 2007
The U.S. Attorney Controversy - Event Audio
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group
March 27, 2007
Administrative Crimes: Testimony of Professor Jonathan Turley
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 1999
May 01, 1999
Smithfield Sidetracks Environmental Regulation Debate
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 1998
May 01, 1998