B.A., Columbia University; J.D., University of California at Berkeley
Douglas Letter received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1975, and his J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley in 1978. He joined the Department of Justice in 1978, under the Attorney General’s Honors Program.
Professor Letter currently serves as both the Terrorism Litigation Counsel and Appellate Litigation Counsel in the Civil Division at DOJ. In 1994-1995, he was an Associate Counsel to the President in the White House. He also served in the Attorney General’s Office in 1999.
He has argued cases on behalf of the United States before the Supreme Court and each of the United States Courts of Appeals. Professor Letter has represented the United States in a variety of significant matters, and primarily handles cases involving national security, Presidential authority and constitutional separation of powers, First Amendment speech, foreign governments in U.S. courts, civil and criminal enforcement of consumer protection laws, and the False Claims Act.
Professor Letter was elected to two terms on the DC Bar Board of Governors, and currently serves as the DOJ representative on the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure Committee. He has received numerous awards from the Department of Justice and various federal agencies, and received the Justice Tom Clark Award for Outstanding Government Lawyer in 2007.