James P. Bair


Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Brandeis; J.D., Northeastern

Professor Bair practices in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.  Prior to joining the State Department, he was a white collar defense litigator...

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Professor Bair practices in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.  Prior to joining the State Department, he was a white collar defense litigator with Brown Rudnick LLP, where he specialized in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as a variety of export regulations and compliance with international trade sanctions.  While in private practice, Professor Bair also served as pro bono counsel to a number of international human rights organizations both domestically and abroad.  

Prior to joining Georgetown Law, Professor Bair clerked for the Honorable Barbara Lenk of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  At Northeastern Law, he interned at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh, where he assisted with the design and implementation of the ECCC's Victims Unit.  He also served as an intern to Senator Christopher Dodd on the US Senate Banking Committee, where he was involved in the negotiation and drafting of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.