Chief Counsel, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Ranking Member (and formerly Chairman), Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., Yale
Ayo Griffin is Chief Counsel to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff. In that role, his responsibilities have included advising the...Continue Reading
Ayo Griffin is Chief Counsel to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff. In that role, his responsibilities have included advising the Senator and overseeing all of his Judiciary and related issues, including judicial nominations, civil and human rights, campaign finance reform, criminal issues, and intellectual property. As Chief Democratic Counsel of the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Professor Griffin has prepared and overseen preparation of numerous Subcommittee hearings. He has worked with staff on both sides of the aisle, and with the Administration and various agencies, to advance the passage of legislation, the confirmation of nominees, and the promulgation of effective rules and executive action.
Professor Griffin was previously a litigation associate at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he conducted Foreign Corrupt Practice Act corruption investigations around the world. His pro bono work included representing five Guantanamo detainees, including extensive motion practice from the district court level to the Supreme Court. He also visited the detainees at Guantanamo several times to gather information for their habeas corpus petitions and Detainee Treatment Act actions.
Professor Griffin has also volunteered in Cambodia, where he assisted with human rights litigation and anti-corruption training.