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John P. Elwood

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Washington, DC, USA


John P. Elwood is a partner in the appellate practice in the D.C. office of Vinson & Elkins LLP. He served as senior Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel and as an Assistant to the Solicitor General. While in the Justice Department, John also served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. John has received both the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service and the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service — the Justice Department’s two top awards for lawyers.

After graduating from law school, John clerked for Judge J. Daniel Mahoney of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

John is a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law. He is also a regular contributor to SCOTUSBlog and occasional contributor to the Volokh Conspiracy blog.

He earned his A.B. from Princeton University, his M.A. from King’s College London, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.
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