Roger Fairfax

George Washington University Law School
Professor of Law

Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. teaches courses in criminal law, constitutional and adjudicatory criminal procedure, criminal litigation, and seminars on the grand jury, white-collar criminal investigations, and criminal justice policy. Fairfax conducts research on discretion in the criminal process, the grand jury, prosecutorial ethics, and criminal justice policy and reform. His scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in his edited book, Grand Jury 2.0: Modern Perspectives on the Grand Jury, and in a number of leading journals including the Boston College Law Review, Cornell Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal.

Before joining the Law School faculty, Fairfax served as a federal prosecutor in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the United States in a broad range of public corruption investigations and prosecutions. During his time in the Attorney General’s Honors Program, he also served details as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and as special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of DOJ. Following his government service, Fairfax was a Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where his practice included white-collar criminal and regulatory defense, internal investigations, complex civil litigation, and strategic counseling, as well as pro bono indigent criminal defense, appellate, and civil rights litigation.

Fairfax has advised local, state, and national government officials and candidates on criminal justice policy and recently worked on criminal justice reform as a Senior Legislative Fellow with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism and as a Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute. He has engaged in expert consultation and pro bono representation in a number of grand jury, trial, and appellate matters in state, federal, and foreign courts, and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Maryland, and a variety of federal trial and appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Fairfax is an elected member of the governing council of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section and currently sits on the boards of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender and the Bloomberg/BNA White Collar Crime Report. He is former chair of the Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission and has served on the board of directors of the National Bar Association and the Southeastern Association of Law Schools.

Fairfax graduated with honors from Harvard College, the University of London, and Harvard Law School, where he served as commentaries chair of the Harvard Law Review and was awarded the Heyman Fellowship for Government Service. Professor Fairfax clerked for Judge Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Professor Fairfax is a member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and an elected member of the American Law Institute.

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