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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

Roscoe Jones, Jr. is an adjunct lecturer of public policy who has 15 years of experience working in all three branches of the federal government.  He is currently a counsel[1] in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP where he brings helps clients navigate complex public policy matters and difficult crises often involving congressional, executive branch, and internal investigations. 

On Capitol Hill, he served as chief of staff to Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, legislative director and acting chief of staff to Senator Dianne Feinstein, senior counsel to Senator Cory Booker where he led the Senator’s criminal justice reform work, and was counsel and later senior counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee for then-Chairman Patrick Leahy.  

At the U.S. Department of Justice, he was an appellate attorney in the Civil Rights Division and special counsel to then-Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez. He was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Washington and special assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia. 

On the federal judiciary, he clerked for Judge Carl E. Stewart on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. (ret.) on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. 

He received his A.B. in history and political science, with high honors, from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social Policy & Law and co-founder of the Law School’s Center for Race & Law. 

He is an intermittent lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School.  He has also taught at Georgetown Law Center, the George Washington University Law School, the University of Washington Law School, and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. A Stennis Fellow, Wasserstein Fellow, and Murnaghan Fellow, he has been published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review.


[1] Admitted to practice in Maryland; not admitted in the District of Columbia.  Practicing under the supervision of Principals of the Firm.



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