Jennifer Gillian Newstead

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Jennifer Gillian Newstead
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Legal Adviser of the United States Department of State
Assumed office
January 22, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Brian James Egan
Personal details
Education 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.[1] 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.[2][3] 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.[4][5][6] She is credited with helping to draft the Patriot Act.[7] In December 2017, during her confirmation she was questioned about her views on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.[8][9][10][11]

Newstead has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law.[12] In 2015, The American Lawyer recognized her for her work on transatlantic litigation.[13]

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.[14]


  1. ^ Schneider-Mayerson, Anna (November 14, 2005). "The Little Supremes". The Observer. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "A Day in the Life with Women at Law Firms featuring Jennifer Newstead & Cristina Regojo". Yale Law School. October 15, 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Alumni, Yale Law School Fund, and Endowment Funds" (PDF). Yale Law School Bulletin: 156. 2003–2004. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Appointments" (PDF). State Magazine. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of State (631). February 2018. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Forrester, Nathan A., ed. (2013). Opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel of the USDOJ for 2004. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice. p. 63.
  6. ^ Congressional Directory for the 107th Congress (2001-2002). Washington, DC: U.S. Govt Printing Office. 2002. p. 638. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Hohmann, James (June 29, 2017). "The Daily 202: Even sweeping the suburbs would not be enough for Democrats to win the House majority". Washington Post. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Rogin, Josh (March 13, 2018). "Opinion: Congress puts out the unwelcome mat for the Saudi crown prince". Washington Post. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  9. ^ De Luce, Dan (December 19, 2017). "Trump Nominee Concedes Saudi Siege of Yemen Could Be Violating U.S. Law". Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Editorial: The Yemen Crucible". New York Times. December 27, 2017. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "Graphic: Tracking how many key positions Trump has filled so far". Washington Post. May 23, 2018. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  12. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts". The White House. September 2, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  13. ^ Scarcella, Mike (September 5, 2017). "Trump Moves to Fill Top-Attorney Posts at DOJ, Regulatory Agencies". Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  14. ^ Alleged violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America). Conclusion of the public hearings on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Iran - The Court to begin its deliberation. International Court of Justice. Press release 2018/43, 30 August 2018, accessed 30 August 2018.

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