Jonathan Turley

Professor of Law at The George Washington University - Law School

Jonathan Turley

Jonathan Turley

Professor of Law at The George Washington University - Law School


Jonathan Turley is a nationally recognized legal scholar, who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law. He has written over three dozen academic articles that have appeared in a variety of law journals at Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern, University of Chicago, and other schools.

After a stint at Tulane Law School, Jonathan Turley joined the George Washington faculty in 1990 and, in 1998, was given the Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law, the youngest chaired professor in the school’s history. In addition to his extensive publications, he has served as counsel in some of the notable cases in the last two decades, including the representation of whistleblowers, military personnel, judges, members of Congress, and a wide range of other clients. He is also one of the few attorneys to challenge both a federal and a state law, leading to courts striking down the federal Elizabeth Morgan law as well as the state criminalization of cohabitation.

In 2010, Jonathan Turley represented Judge G. Thomas Porteous in his impeachment trial. After a trial before the Senate, he argued both the motions and gave the final argument to all 100 U.S. Senators from the well of the Senate floor, only the 14th time in history of the country that such a trial of a judge has reached the Senate floor. Judge Porteous was convicted of four articles of impeachments, including the acceptance of 2000 U.S. dollars from an attorney and using a false name on a bankruptcy filing.

In 2011, Jonathan Turley filed a challenge to the Libyan War on behalf of ten members of Congress, including Representatives Roscoe Bartlett; Dan Burton; Mike Capuano; Howard Coble; John Conyers; John J. Duncan; Tim Johnson; Walter Jones; Dennis Kucinich; and Ron Paul. The lawsuit was before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. In 2014, he agreed to serve as lead counsel to the United States House of Representatives in its constitutional challenge to changes ordered by President Obama to the Affordable Care Act. The litigation was approved by the House of Representatives to seek judicial review of the claims under the separation of powers.

Other cases include 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 famous Elizabeth Morgan custody controversy; and four former United States Attorneys General during the Clinton impeachment litigation.

Jonathan Turley has also served as counsel in a variety of national security cases, including espionage cases like that of Jim Nicholson, the highest ranking CIA officer ever accused of espionage; as lead defense counsel in the successful defense of Petty Officer Daniel King, who faced the death penalty for alleged spying for Russia; as defense counsel in the case of Tom Butler, who is facing criminal charges dealing with the importation and handling of thirty vials of plague in Texas; and as counsel to Larry Hanauer, the House Intelligence Committee staffer accused of leaking a classified Presidential National Intelligence Estimate to the New York Times.

Among his current cases, Jonathan Turley represents Ali Al-Timimi, who was convicted in Virginia in 2005 of violent speech against the United States who is accused of being the American leader of a terrorist organization while he was a university professor in Florida and many other cases. He has served as a consultant on homeland security and constitutional issues, including the Florida House of Representatives. He also served as the consultant to the Puerto Rico House of Representatives on the impeachment of Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá.

Jonathan Turley is a frequent witness before the House and Senate on constitutional and statutory issues as well as tort reform legislation. He is also a nationally recognized legal commentator. He was ranked as 38th in the top 100 most cited “public intellectuals” in the recent study by Judge Richard Posner and was found to be the second most cited law professor in the country. He has been repeatedly ranked in the nation’s top 500 lawyers in annual surveys, and in prior years, he was ranked as one of the nation’s top ten lawyers in military law cases as well as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40. He was also selected in the last five years as one of the 100 top Irish lawyers in the world.

Jonathan Turley’s articles on legal and policy issues appear regularly in national publications with hundreds of articles in such newspapers as the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal. He is a columnist for USA Today. In 2005, he was given the Columnist of the Year award for Single-Issue Advocacy for his columns on civil liberties by the Aspen Institute and the Week Magazine. He also appears regularly as a legal adviser on most of the television networks. Since the 1990s, he has worked under contract as the on-air legal analyst for NBC News and CBS News to cover stories that ranged from the Clinton impeachment to the presidential elections.

Jonathan Turley has been a repeated guest on Sunday talk shows with over two-dozen appearances on Meet the Press, ABC This Week, Face the Nation, and Fox Sunday. He has taught courses on constitutional law, constitutional criminal law, environmental law, litigation, and torts. He is the founder and executive director of the Project for Older Prisoners and his work with older prisoners has been honored in various states, including his selection as the 2011 recipient of the Mary Ann Quaranta Elder Justice Award at Fordham University.

His award-winning blog is routinely ranked as one of the most popular legal blogs by AVVO. His blog was selected as the top News and Analysis site in 2013, the top Legal Opinion Blog in 2011 as well as prior selections as the top Law Professor Blog and Legal Theory Blog. In 2012, Jonathan Turley was selected as one of the top 20 legal experts on Twitter by Business Insider. In 2013, the ABA Journal inducted the Turley Blog into its Hall of Fame.

Jonathan Turley received his B.A. at the University of Chicago and his J.D. at Northwestern. In 2008, he was given an honorary Doctorate of Law from John Marshall Law School for his contributions to civil liberties and the public interest.

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Director, Institute for Constitutional History at The George Washington University - Law School

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The John Marshall Law School is a law school in Chicago, Illinois, that was founded in 1899 and accredited by the American Bar Association in 1951. The school was named for the influential nineteenth century U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall. The John Marshall Law School offers programs for both part-time and full-time students, with both day and night classes available, and offers January enrollment — choices most law schools no longer offer. John Marshall is located in Chicago's central financial and legal district, most commonly known as The Loop. It is across the street from the Dirksen Federal Building, which houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and about four blocks from the Daley Center, which houses the Cook County Courts. It is also next door to the Chicago Bar Association. The fall 2012 entering class had a median GPA of 3.29 and a median LSAT of 153.[2]

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