The Federalist Society

M. Edward Whelan III

President, Ethics and Public Policy Center

M. Edward Whelan III is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He directs EPPC’s program on The Constitution, the Courts, and the Culture. His areas of expertise include constitutional law and the judicial confirmation process. As a contributor to National Review Online’s Bench Memosblog on judicial nominations and constitutional law, he was a leading commentator on the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

Mr. Whelan, a lawyer and a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has served in positions of responsibility in all three branches of the federal government. From just before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, until joining EPPC in 2004, Mr. Whelan was the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice. In that capacity, he advised the White House Counsel’s Office, the Attorney General and other senior DOJ officials, and Departments and agencies throughout the executive branch on difficult and sensitive legal questions. Mr. Whelan previously served on Capitol Hill as General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. In addition to clerking for Justice Scalia, he was a law clerk to Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Whelan also previously worked as Senior Vice President and Counselor to the General Counsel for Verizon Corp. and as a lawyer in private practice.

Mr. Whelan lives with his wife Deborah and their children in Arlington, Virginia.


Education

In 1981 Mr. Whelan graduated with honors from Harvard College and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1985 from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Harvard Law Review.

Publications

Changing the Rules: The Senate Filibuster - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
December 19, 2013
Judicial Activism - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group
June 4, 2010
Judicial Confirmations - Event Audio/Video
Professional Responsibility Practice Group and DC Lawyers Chapter
January 31, 2008
The U.S. Attorney Controversy - Event Audio
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group
March 27, 2007

Debates

Supreme Court Term
June 27, 2008

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