Jonathan  Turley

Jonathan Turley

Title: J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law; Director of the Environmental Law Advocacy Center; Executive Director, Project for Older Prisoners

Telephone: 202.994.7001

B.A. University of Chicago; J.D., Northwestern University

Specialties/Areas of Expertise:
Constitutional criminal procedure; environmental law; litigation; prison reform; torts; elderly and infirm prison inmates; environmental crimes; constitutional law; national security; legal history; legislation


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Brief Bio:

  • founder and director of the Project for Older Prisoners (POPS)
  • director of the Environmental Law Advocacy Center and its three litigation/legislative components: the Shapiro Environmental Law Clinic, the Environmental Legislative Project, and the Environmental Crimes Project
  • served as a voting member and drafting reporter on the U.S. Sentencing Commission's Environmental Crimes Advisory Group and has worked on international environmental issues with the United Nations and other international organizations
  • maintains a pro bono practice including a constitutional challenge to congressional legislation in the Elizabeth Morgan case; whistle-blower and discrimination claims against the Justice Department; a constitutional challenge on behalf of four former U.S. attorneys general; and representation of the Rocky Flats Grand Jury
  • litigated a variety of national security issues including espionage cases involving CIA officer Jim Nicholson and Navy Petty Officer Dan King; both criminal and civil matters relating to the nuclear couriers from Oak Ridge, TN; both trial-level and appellate representation of the workers at the classified facility known as Area 51; and challenged the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
  • member of the International Law Institute faculty
  • former member of the Tulane University Law faculty
  • served as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • publishes and litigates widely in the area of criminal and constitutional law, including representation of the head of the so-called Supreme Team drug case in New York