Jonathan Turley

Portrait of 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
Address:
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Phone:
202-994-7001
Fax:
202-994-9811
Email:
[email protected]

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.

Publications

Education

BA, University of Chicago; JD, Northwestern University

In the News

“A Question of Privilege: How Trump Could Still Gut the Mueller Report’’

March 16, 2019

Jonathan Turley writes in The Hill about why Mueller’s final report could be a problem for Attorney General William Barr.

“Atty. Gen. William Barr Tries to Restore Confidence in Justice Department’’

March 15, 2019
Jonathan Turley is quoted by The Los Angeles Times about how Barr is attempting to boost confidence and morale at the Department of Justice.

“Nancy Pelosi Doesn't Want to Talk About Impeachment. The Democrats May Not Be Able to Resist It’’

March 14, 2019

Jonathan Turley is quoted by Time about how the Mueller investigation is affecting the Democrats decision to impeach Trump.

“Republicans Press Trump's Justice Department to Prosecute Michael Cohen’’

March 14, 2019

Jonathan Turley is quoted by The Washington Examiner about how Democrats have made it difficult for prosecutors to charge Cohen with perjury.

“Airport Facial Recognition Is Here And Expanding: What Are Your Rights? Can You Opt Out?’’

March 12, 2019
Jonathan Turley is quoted by Newsweek about the laws regarding facial recognition technology and how its greatest government expansion would be at the airport.