Jonathan Turley

Portrait of Jonathan Turley
J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law; Director of the Environmental Law Advocacy Center; Executive Director, Project for Older Prisoners
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
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Jonathan Turley is a nationally recognized legal scholar who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law. After a stint at Tulane Law School, Professor Turley joined the GW Law faculty in 1990, and in 1998, became the youngest chaired professor in the school’s history. 

He is the founder and executive director of the Project for Older Prisoners (POPS). He has written more than three dozen academic articles that have appeared in a variety of leading law journals including those of Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, and Northwestern Universities, among others. He most recently completed a three-part study of the historical and constitutional evolution of the military system. 

Professor Turley has served as counsel in some of the most notable cases in the last two decades, including his representation of the Area 51 workers at a secret air base in Nevada; the nuclear couriers at Oak Ridge, Tennessee; the Rocky Flats grand jury in Colorado; Dr. Eric Foretich, the husband in the Elizabeth Morgan custody controversy; and four former U.S. Attorney Generals during the Clinton impeachment litigation. Professor Turley also has served as counsel in a variety of national security and terrorism cases, and has been ranked as one of the top 10 lawyers handling military cases.

He has served as a consultant on homeland security and constitutional issues, and is a frequent witness before the House and Senate on constitutional and statutory issues as well as tort reform legislation. He also is a nationally recognized legal commentator; he ranked 38th in the top 100 most cited ‘public intellectuals’ in a recent study by Judge Richard Posner and was found to be the second most cited law professor in the country. 

He is a member of the USA Today board of contributors and the recipient of the “2005 Single Issue Advocate of the Year” – the annual opinion award for the Aspen Institute and The Week magazine. More than 400 of his articles on legal and policy issues regularly appear in national newspapers. He also has worked as the CBS and NBC legal analyst, respectively, during national controversies.



BA, University of Chicago; JD, Northwestern University

In the News

"Media's Hunter Biden Collusion: 'Twitter Files' Dump Has Them on Defense, Attacking the Messenger"

December 04, 2022
Jonathan Turley wrote for Fox News about the internal communications of Twitter employees and U.S. lawmakers regarding the Hunter Biden laptop story.

"Lefty Demands for Amy Coney Barrett’s Recusal Over Religion are Absurd"

November 29, 2022
Jonathan Turley wrote for the New York Post about requests for Justice Amy Coney Barrett to recuse herself from 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis’ Dec. 5 argument.

"No Joke: Supreme Court Case Could Take a Big Bite Out of the First Amendment"

November 26, 2022
Jonathan Turley wrote for The Hill about satirical and parody cases before the Supreme Court.

"Advocacy Groups Seek to Disqualify Trump Under Obscure Constitutional Provision"

November 21, 2022
Jonathan Turley was quoted by Voice of America about groups’ efforts to use the “disqualification clause” of the Constitution to block Donald Trump from running for president again.

"A Matter of Public Concern"

November 21, 2022
Jonathan Turley was quoted by Inside Higher Ed about a jury’s award to an Auburn University faculty member who accused officials of retaliating against him for whistleblowing about the school’s football players.