Jon S. Jackson is a Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps. Since February 2008, he has been a Defense Counsel in the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel, Office of Military Commissions, and has served as lead defense counsel for detainees Mustafa Ahmed Al-Hawsawi (one of five men charged in the attacks of 9/11) Majid Khan, and Omar Khadr before the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Colonel Jackson served previously as a defense counsel in Germany and as the Deputy of the Defense Counsel Assistance Program at the Headquarters of the United States Army Trial Defense Service, Arlington, VA. He has been involved with numerous high profile cases and investigations including the Walter Reed Scandal, the Pat Tillman Investigation, Abu Ghraib and most recently the Wiki-Leaks case.
Colonel Jackson has taught extensively in the areas of Military Commissions, Military Justice and Trial Advocacy, and served as an associate professor of law at the ABA accredited U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School. He was a senior lecturing fellow at Duke University School of Law. Colonel Jackson also volunteers his time as a member of the National Trial Competition Committee. Colonel Jackson graduated magna cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, received his J.D. from University of Memphis College of Law and was awarded his LLM from The Judge Advocate General’s School where he was named the Trial Advocacy Honor Graduate.