BA, Denison University; JD, Wake Forest University; LLM, Judge Advocate General's School; LLM, Georgetown University
David S. Jonas has served as General Counsel of two federal agencies: the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. He has also served as Director of Legal Strategy and Analysis at the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2005 and will transition to the private sector in August, 2014.
Prior to his civilian service, he was a career Marine Corps officer where he held a wide variety of command and staff billets. He served as nuclear nonproliferation planner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff negotiating multiple international agreements and has worked extensively with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Conference on Disarmament, and the United Nations. He is one of the only judge advocates to have commanded two units. He argued the case of Davis v. United States, 512, U.S. 452 (1994) at the Supreme Court, becoming the first judge advocate in the history of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force to do so. He received the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Award for Excellence in Legal Writing in 1992 and was selected as the Outstanding Career Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps in 2000. He concluded his military service as a lieutenant colonel.
Professor Jonas is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington University Law School and has also taught at the U.S. Naval War College. He teaches nuclear nonproliferation law and policy and is a frequent speaker and is widely published on this topic. He was recently recognized as Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at GW. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Marine Executive Association.
Professor Jonas holds a BA from Denison University, a JD from Wake Forest, an LLM from the Army JAG School, an LLM from Georgetown and an MA from the U.S. Naval War College.