Prof. Gould Selected as Supreme Court Fellow

Posted: August 7, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jon Gould
Jon Gould

Jon Gould, associate professor of administration of justice, has been selected as the 2006-07 Supreme Court fellow assigned to the Federal Judicial Center. Gould also teaches at Mason’s School of Law.

As the fellow at the Federal Judicial Center, Gould will provide assistance with the center’s research and history programs. His fellowship begins in the fall and continues through 2007; he will take a leave of absence from the university to pursue the fellowship.

The Supreme Court Fellows Program was created to provide promising individuals with a firsthand understanding of the federal government, particularly the judicial branch. Each year, fellows work with top officials in the judicial branch. In the words of Chief Justice Roberts, the program offers “a unique opportunity to learn about and contribute to the administration of justice at the national level.”

Prior to joining George Mason in 1999, Gould was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, at the Institute of Governmental Studies. He was a fellow and later acting assistant director from 1991 to 1996 at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. From 1992 to 1994 he was college counsel and special assistant to the president of Beloit College.

He first entered academe in 1991 when he served for a year as a Harry A. Bigelow Fellow and lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, conducting research on corporate political speech while teaching first-year law students legal advocacy.

Gould was a practicing attorney at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Washington, D.C., from 1989 to 1991.

He currently serves as chair of the Innocence Commission for Virginia, a project that analyzes wrongful convictions and recommends reforms. He is a member of the advisory boards for the American Judicature Society and the International Judicial Academy.

He is the author of numerous books and journal articles on law and justice and has written “Upon Further Review: Inside Wrongful Convictions,” to be published next year by NYU Press.

Gould earned an AB from the University of Michigan in 1985; an MPP from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, in 1989; a JD from Harvard Law School in 1989; and a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago in 1999.

The Supreme Court fellows are selected by a commission appointed by the chief justice of the United States.

This article originally appeared in a slightly different format on the School of Law web site.

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