Jennifer Gillian Newstead
|Jennifer Gillian Newstead|
|Legal Adviser of the United States Department of State|
Assumed office |
January 22, 2018
|Preceded by||Brian James Egan|
Harvard University |
Yale Law School
Jennifer Gillian Newstead is an American attorney who currently serves as the Legal Adviser to the United States Department of State.
Prior to assuming her current position, she was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell. A graduate of Harvard University (1991) and Yale Law School (1994), Newstead clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States and for Judge Laurence Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She has served as general counsel of the Office of Management and Budget, principal deputy Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice's Office of Legal Policy, and associate counsel to the United States President. She is credited with helping to draft the Patriot Act. In December 2017, during her confirmation she was questioned about her views on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
In 2018, Jennifer G. Newstead represented the United States as Agent, Counsel, and Advocate in the case Alleged violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America) before the International Court of Justice.
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