Jay Apperson

Portrait of Jay Apperson
Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Jay Apperson is a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice, currently serving as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia in the appellate division. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Rule of Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Apperson previously served on the full-time faculty of the law department at West Point as a Distinguished Visiting Professor where he taught National Security Law and Constitutional and Military Law from 2011 to 2012.

Mr. Apperson has over 20 years of litigation experience at both the trial and appellate level, including service as Deputy Independent Counsel to the Honorable Ken Starr and ten years as Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia where he successfully prosecuted complex international narcotics, organized-crime, money-laundering, and financial-transaction cases. From 2008 to 2009, he represented the United States in litigation arising from habeas petitions filed by persons held as unlawful enemy combatants at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

Mr. Apperson was Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security from 2001 to 2005 and oversaw all federal law-enforcement and counter-terrorism matters, including the negotiation and passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, the Homeland Security Act, and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. He served as Chief Counsel to United States Senator Saxby Chambliss from 2005-2007, and was specially designated to the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee during the consideration and passage of the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

Mr. Apperson holds an LLM in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University and has studied Terrorism and International Security at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Cambridge (UK). He was awarded the Master Teacher Certificate from the West Point Center for Faculty Excellence in 2013, following a two-year course of developmental study, research, and writing to advance classroom teaching excellence.


BA, American University; JD, Cumberland School of Law; LLM, Georgetown University