Richard J. Leon


South Natick, MA
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Law clerk, Massachusetts Superior Court, 1974-1975
Law clerk, Hon. Thomas F. Kelleher, Supreme Court of Rhode Island, 1975-1976
Attorney, Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program, 1976-1977
Special assistant U.S. attorney, Civil Division, Southern District of New York, 1977-1978
Assistant professor of law, St. John`s University School of Law, 1979-1983
Senior trial attorney, Criminal Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1983-1987
Deputy chief minority counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, 1987-1988
Deputy assistant attorney general, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1988-1989
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1989-2002
Commissioner, White House Fellows Commission, 1990-1993
Chief minority counsel, October Surprise Task Force, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, 1992-1993
Special counsel, Whitewater investigation, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, 1994
Adjunct professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1997-
Special counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Reform Task Force, 1997
Commissioner, Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control, 2000-2001
Adjunct professor, George Washington University Law School, 2004-


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College of the Holy Cross
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Suffolk University Law School

Suffolk Law School's expansive curriculum combines a strong academic foundation with expertise in an array of specialty areas. Nationally known faculty and a range of practical experiences provide superior preparation for practice in the 21st century.

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Harvard Law School

The world's premier center for legal education and research, Harvard Law School provides unparalleled opportunities to study law and related disciplines in an energetic and creative learning environment. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, and teaching. Through its faculty, students, and alumni, Harvard Law School is able to contribute solutions to the world's most complex legal and social challenges.

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Judicial Career

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U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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District of Columbia District Court

President Nominating: 
George W. Bush
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