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Adam R.

United States District Court for the District of Columbia


Last updated: Jun 26, 2018

Adam R. Pearlman is a former Associate Deputy General Counsel of the United States Department of Defense, where he handled complex civil and criminal national security matters, and led the Supreme Court and appellate unit of the team dedicated to litigating classified counterterrorism cases.  He previously held several positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and during law school interned in the White House Counsel’s Office under President George W. Bush.  He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Special Advisor to the Federalist Society’s International and National Security Law Practice Group, and a member of the American Bar Association’s Africa Law Initiative Council.  Adam has been co-editor of the annually published U.S. Intelligence Community Law Sourcebook since 2011.  He earned his B.A., with honors, from UCLA, his J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School, where he served on the George Washington International Law Review, and a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence degree from the National Intelligence University, where he was the inaugural recipient of the Judge Allan Kornblum Award for national security law and ethics.

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