Eric H. Jaso
is a former official of the Justice and Education Departments
and former federal prosecutor with extensive and diverse experience in both government service and private practice.
Mr. Jaso served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Newark, New Jersey from 2003 until March 2008.
There, Mr. Jaso
In 2002, Mr. Jaso was appointed Counselor to then-Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice.
In that capacity, Mr. Jaso
worked primarily on legislation and policy, including:
the development, passage, and implementation of major laws such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
, the Protect Act, and the USA Patriot Act, as well as significant Justice Department policy, including the Thompson memorandum on corporate prosecutions;
representing the Justice Department ex officio
on the U.S. Sentencing Commission
, advocating the Department's position on criminal sentences in key areas such as white-collar crime and terrorism; and
representing the Justice Department
before the federal Criminal Rules Committee, the Criminal Justice Section Council of the American Bar Association
, and other organizations.
In 2001, Mr. Jaso was appointed Deputy General Counsel for Postsecondary and Regulatory Service at the U.S. Department of Education.
Managing a staff of over 30 attorneys, his
responsibilities and accomplishments included:
In the mid-1990s, Mr. Jaso served as an Associate Independent Counsel in the "Whitewater" investigation in Little Rock, Arkansas.
There, he participated in two jury trials (one of which led to the convictions of the sitting Governor of Arkansas and two former Whitewater partners), a number of appeals, and several investigative matters.
Mr. Jaso has also practiced law at Latham & Watkins in Newark, New Jersey, where he worked on both criminal and civil matters as well as corporate internal investigations, and at Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York City, where he focused on civil antitrust cases.
After graduating from Harvard College and the University of Chicago Law School, Mr. Jaso clerked for the Hon. Alice M. Batchelder of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
is involved in the leadership of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (Chair, By-Laws Committee) and the New Jersey Lawyers' Chapter of the Federalist Society
(Member, Board of Advisors).
He also is an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University Law School, where he teaches Appellate Advocacy.