Senior Lecturing Fellow
Jason S. Patil is an administrative law judge at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington, D.C., where he oversees trials regarding alleged violations of securities laws. Prior to joining the SEC, he served as counsel for the Multinational Force & Observers in Sinai, Egypt. In that capacity, he directed investigations into possible violations of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, which imposes categorical and numerical limits on armed forces in Sinai.
Judge Patil joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 1998 as an attorney in the Executive Office of Immigration Review, where he drafted proposed opinions involving asylum, torture, detention, due process, fraud, and suppression of evidence, in a specialized administrative trial and appellate system. From 2002 to 2012, he served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. DOJ, litigating such complex civil matters as the anthrax letter attack lawsuits and the 9/11 World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation. He also served as lead counsel in 50 appellate immigration cases and litigated international law matters. He served as a rule of law officer in Iraq in 2010 to 2011.
Judge Patil is a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, which he joined in 2002. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal.
Judge Patil received his BA, with distinction, at Stanford University in 1995. He received his JD in 1998, with honors, at The University of Chicago Law School, where he won the Ignacio Martín-Baró Prize for the outstanding paper on international human rights. He received an LLM in national security, with distinction, at the Georgetown University Law Center in 2009.