Professor Jonathan Turley is a professor of law at the George Washington University School of Law.
Turley teaches courses on constitutional criminal procedure, environmental law, litigation, and torts. He is the founder and director of the Project for Older Prisoners (POPS) as well as the director of GW's Environmental Law Advocacy Center and its three litigation/legislative components: the Shapiro Environmental Law Clinic, the Environmental Legislative Project, and the Environmental Crimes Project.
Turley served as a voting member and drafting reporter on the U.S. Sentencing Commission's Environmental Crimes Advisory Group and has worked on international environmental issues with the United Nations and other international organizations.
He maintains a pro bono practice including a constitutional challenge to congressional legislation; whistle-blower and discrimination claims against the Justice Department; a constitutional challenge on behalf of four former U.S. attorneys general; and representation of the Rocky Flats Grand Jury.
Turley has also litigated a variety of national security issues in cases such as the Nicholson espionage case, and has represented the nuclear weapons couriers from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the workers at the classified facility known as Area 51. Professor Turley is a member of the International Law Institute faculty and is a former member of the Tulane University Law faculty.
Before joining Tulane, he served as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Professor Turley has written extensively on such subjects as constitutional law, environmental law, transnational law, surveillance law, legal history, and legal theory.
Turley received his B.A. from the University of Chicago, and his J.D. from Northwestern University. While in law school, he Turley served as the executive articles editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.