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
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 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

”Hans von Spakovsky: Sorry, Media -- Talking To Foreigners Does Not Violate Federal Campaign Laws"

June 23, 2019

Jonathan Turley is quoted by Fox News on how treating information as a financial contribution would raise first amendment concerns.

“Hollywood Removal Of Trump Star Renews Debate On Entertainment’’

June 22, 2019

Jonathan Turley writes for The Hill about separating art from the personal values of the artist.

"What If Trump Won't Accept 2020 Defeat?"

June 21, 2019

Jonathan Turley is quoted by Politico on a candidate's right for judicial review of voting results in elections.

"What Is the Hatch Act? Explaining the Kellyanne Conway Dispute"

June 13, 2019

Jonathan Turley is quoted by The New York Times on how likely the White House is to comply with the Hatch Act violations against Conway.

“In Pat Cipollone, Trump Finds A Lawyer He Likes"

June 12, 2019
Jonathan Turley is quoted by Politico about Cipollone's strategy to prolong investigations into the president long enough to bypass the election.