Clement McGovern

Clement J. McGovern III currently teaches a Criminal Procedure during the Fall semester and a Computer Crimes Seminar during the Spring semester. Professor McGovern is a prosecutor with the Counterterrorism Section within the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. As an attorney for the Counterterrorism Section he manages investigations and prosecutions designed to prevent and disrupt acts of terrorism throughout the world that may impact significant United States’ interests and persons. He has served as a trial attorney in the Counterterrorism Section since 2010.

Prior to prosecuting terrorism cases, Mr. McGovern served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice for four years. In that position he managed intellectual property litigation for the Section which included the domestic and international investigation and prosecution of crimes involving violations of intellectual property statutes. The litigation practice also focused on the development and implementation of investigative initiatives utilizing federal law enforcement resources effectively to maximize the Section’s ability to combat the growth of intellectual property crimes. Prior to serving as the Assistant Deputy Chief, Mr. McGovern served as Senior Counsel/Trial Attorney from 2002 to 2006. During this time he investigated and prosecuted domestic and international criminal intellectual property and computer crime cases and coordinated multi-district criminal intellectual property investigations and prosecutions. He also provided training and counsel to federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents involved in intellectual property investigations and prosecutions on electronic monitoring, collection of electronic evidence, charging federal intellectual property violations, and introduction in court of electronic evidence.

Mr. McGovern also worked as a trial attorney in the Terrorism and Violent Crime Section at the Department of Justice from 1997 to 2002. During his five years at the Terrorism and Violent Crime Section, Mr. McGovern investigated and prosecuted in federal courts throughout the United States criminal cases involving terrorism and violent crime in addition to providing counsel and analysis to Department of Justice officials developing and implementing Administration policy with regard to such cases.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice in 1997, Mr. McGovern served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. During his four years as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, he investigated and prosecuted major narcotics and firearms cases as part of the “Federal Alternatives to State Trials” program and practiced before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

From 1987 to 1997, Mr. McGovern served as an Assistant District Attorney in the District Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. McGovern served as a prosecutor in the Major Trial Division, the Child Abuse Unit, the Juvenile Court Unit and the Municipal Court Unit. While in the Child Abuse Unit, Mr. McGovern also served Chief Assistant District Attorney, Juvenile Court Unit during which time he supervised and managed twenty attorneys responsible for investigation and prosecution of 7,000 criminal cases annually.

Currently Teaching