Jeff is the Director of the Compliance Branch at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this position, he directs a team of investigators and policy advisors investigating and resolving complaints made by the public against DHS employees regarding violations of civil rights, civil liberties, and racial, ethnic or religious profiling. The Compliance Branch provides senior leadership of DHS with investigative findings and recommendations for improving policy, practice, or training arising from the investigations.
Prior to assuming this position, Jeff worked as a criminal litigator for approximately 18 years. He served as a Special Litigation Counsel with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice (DOJ). At DOJ, he prosecuted numerous high profile civil rights cases around the country and was awarded the 2009 Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for the prosecution of a large-scale police corruption case in Los Angeles. Prior to his time as a federal prosecutor, Jeff worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Montgomery County, Maryland where he represented indigent individuals in over one hundred trials. He began his legal career as an Army JAG where he served as a prosecutor in the Republic of Korea, a trial defense counsel at Fort Carson, Colorado and an administrative law Attorney at the Pentagon.
Jeff is an Adjunct Professor at the Washington College of Law at American University where he teaches an externship seminar. He received his Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Masters in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. Jeff and his wife also served as Peace Corps volunteers in Belize from 2004-2006.
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Degrees & Universities
- J.D., University of Maryland School of Law (with Honors)
- M.A., Georgetown University (Liberal Studies)
- B.A., Washington University (Economics)