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

“Democrats Want Barr to Promise Full Transparency on Mueller's Investigation’’

January 16, 2019

Jonathan Turley is quoted by The Washington Times about William Barr’s nomination to attorney general.

“Barr Is Perfect To Take Over The Justice Department, Turley Says”

January 16, 2019

Jonathan Turley speaks to NPR about Trump's U.S. attorney general nominee, William Barr.

“House Democrats Might Need To Impeach Donald Trump Whether They Want To Or Not’’

January 16, 2019

Jonathan Turley writes in USA Today about whether the House Democrats will impeach President Trump. 

“Senators Hear Praise, Criticism of US Attorney General Nominee’’

January 16, 2019

Jonathan Turley is quoted by Voice of America about how William Barr's view of executive authority will inform his decisions as attorney general.

“There’s a Way for Democrats to Sue Trump—Thanks to the Republicans”

January 16, 2019

Jonathan Turley is quoted by The Atlantic about how the House Democrats could sue Trump if he declares a national emergency.