Prof. Nathan A. Sales

Associate Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law

Nathan A. Sales is Associate Professor of Law at the Syracuse University College of Law. He teaches and writes in the fields of national security law, counterterrorism law, administrative law, constitutional law, and criminal law. 

Professor Sales’s scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, and has appeared in leading publications including the Alabama Law Review, Duke Law Journal, George Washington Law Review, University of Illinois Law Review, Journal of National Security Law and Policy (peer reviewed), Northwestern University Law Review, and Texas Law Review. A frequent contributor to public debates, his commentary has been featured by Agence France-Presse, The Atlantic, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, C-SPAN, France 24, Los Angeles Times, National Review Online, New York Times, NPR, Politico, U.S. News & World Report, Time, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions. Before entering academia in 2008, Sales was the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His work focused on intelligence, information sharing, and terrorist travel. Professor Sales led DHS’s efforts to draft and implement legislation that strengthened the security features of, and expanded, the Visa Waiver Program (which allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States without a visa). He headed the U.S. delegation in talks with seven countries to implement the new security measures, and was the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Special Envoy to South Korea. 

From 2001 to 2003, Professor Sales served at the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on counterterrorism policy and the judicial confirmation process. He received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service – the Justice Department’s highest honor – for his role in drafting the USA PATRIOT Act, as well as the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2005, he returned to DOJ to run the “war room” for the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts. 

Professor Sales graduated from Duke Law School magna cum laude, where he joined the Order of the Coif and was Research Editor of the Duke Law Journal. He clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He practiced at the Washington, DC law firm Wiley Rein LLP, and was John M. Olin Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center. 

An Ohio native, Sales is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars.

  • A.B., Miami University
  • J.D., Duke University

The Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues. The people listed as Experts have spoken or otherwise participated in Federalist Society events, publications, or multimedia presentations. A person's appearance on this list does not imply any other endorsement or relationship between the person and the Federalist Society. All expressions of opinion by an expert are those of the expert.

Publications and Multimedia
Public Service and Private Servers: The Law of Government Information Retention and Security - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
September 15, 2015
The NSA Telephone Metadata Program - Event Audio/Video
The NSA, Security, Privacy, and Intelligence Symposium
March 04, 2014
Cybersecurity -- Information Sharing, Privacy, Regulation, and Reason - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
May 29, 2013
For the Sake of National Security: Plugging in the Leaks - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
May 13, 2013
The War-on-Terror Government - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 11, 2011
Preventing Attacks through Surveillance and Intelligence - Event Audio/Video
International & National Security Law Practice Group and the Heritage Foundation
May 28, 2009