Jay Apperson is a Senior Fellow at the West Point Center for the Rule of Law and an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. He previously served as Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Law at West Point where he taught National Security Law and Constitutional and Military Law during the 2011-2012 academic year while on leave from the Department of Justice. Mr. Apperson has over 15 years of litigation experience at the Department of Justice at both the trial and appellate level, including ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney and Senior Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia where he successfully prosecuted complex international narcotics, organized crime, money laundering, and financial transaction cases. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Apperson represented the United States in litigation arising from habeas petitions filed by persons held as unlawful enemy combatants at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Apperson served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security and oversaw all federal law-enforcement and counter-terrorism matters, including the negotiation and passage of the PATRIOT Act, the Homeland Security Act, and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Apperson served as Chief Counsel to United States Senator Saxby Chambliss and was specially designated to the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee during the consideration and passage of the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Mr. Apperson received his LL.M in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center and has studied Terrorism and International Security at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Cambridge (UK). He has lectured and taught in various forums, including the FBI Training Academy, George Mason University School of Law, and the University of Georgia Summer Program in London. He has also spoken or served as a panelist at the Brookings Institution, Heritage Foundation, Federal Judicial Center, American Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, American Branch of the International Law Association, and the Council on International Affairs.
The views presented in Mr. Apperson’s scholarship and commentary are his personal views and do not necessarily reflect those of the West Point Center for the Rule of Law, United States Military Academy, Department of the Army or any other agency or instrumentality of the federal government.