Edward H. Jurith
Adjunct Associate Professor of Law
Mr. Jurith is Senior Counsel to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and served as General Counsel of ONDCP from 1994 to 2001. He was appointed to serve as the Acting Director of ONDCP by President Obama on January 20, 2009, and served in that position until May 7, 2009. Mr. Jurith previously served as Acting Director under an appointment by President Clinton on January 10, 2001, and served in that position until December 7, 2001.
Mr. Jurith is responsible for ensuring ONDCP compliance with all Federal laws and regulations and serves as general legal adviser to ONDCP staff on the development and implementation of the National Drug Control Strategy. He also advises the agency on the operations of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program, the Drug-Free Communities Program, and the Counterdrug Technology Assessment Center (CTAC). Mr. Jurith has served as the US Representative on the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and has chaired the US Delegation to the UNESCO Conference of Parties of the Convention on Doping and Sports.
Mr. Jurith took a one-year sabbatical in 1997-1998 to serve as an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, where he researched and lectured on drug policy issues. In addition, as part of his Atlantic Fellowship program, Mr. Jurith assisted the UK Anti-Drugs Coordinator in the development of the Blair government's strategy for reducing drug abuse. Mr. Jurith has over 30 years of Federal drug policy-making experience. Before becoming General Counsel he served as ONDCP's Director of Legislative Affairs from 1993 to 1994. He came to ONDCP from the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, chaired by Representative Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), where Mr. Jurith was Staff Director from 1987 to 1993 and Counsel from 1981 to 1986. While on the staff of the Select Committee he was instrumental in the development of the Anti-Drug Abuse Acts of 1986 and 1988. These laws provide the statutory framework for the current U.S. national drug control policy. Prior to his Federal government service, Mr. Jurith was an attorney in private practice in the City of New York from 1976 to 1981.
Mr. Jurith is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He graduated cum laude from American University, Washington, D.C. in 1973 with a BA in Political Science with honors in government. He received a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 1976 and is a member of the New York, District of Columbia and U.S. Supreme Court Bars. Mr. Jurith is a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Substance Abuse. Mr. Jurith has lectured widely on drug policy at U.S. and British universities and has authored publications dealing with substance abuse and drug policy.
Areas of Specialization
- Criminal Law
Degrees & Universities
- J.D., Brooklyn Law School 1976
- B.A., American University 1973 (Honors in government)