Brent E. Newton is the deputy staff director of the United States Sentencing Commission. Before working for the Commission, he practiced criminal defense for 16 years. After graduating from Columbia University School of Law in 1992 and thereafter clerking for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, he worked in the state and federal court systems in Texas and Florida, including serving 13 years as federal defender in Houston, Texas, where he handled both trials and appeals, including arguing a case before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2008. He also serves as an adjunct law professor at both Georgetown University Law Center and Washington College of Law at American University and as an adjunct professor of political science and criminal justice at the University of Maryland. He is the author of two books and several law review articles on criminal law and procedure. He was elected as a member of the American Law Institute in 2010.