Jeffrey A Meyer
Professor of Law
BA, JD, Yale University
Law School Academic
Jeffrey Meyer began teaching at Quinnipiac Law School in 2006, following many years of legal practice experience. He teaches courses including legal ethics, criminal procedure, international law and environmental law. He serves as faculty adviser to the Environmental Law Society and to the International Human Rights Society and its law and service project in Central America. He is also a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School where he co-teaches the Yale Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic. On June 7, 2013, President Obama nominated Professor Meyer to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Jeffrey Meyer graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 1985 and then from Yale Law School in 1989. Between college and law school, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador where he studied rural development economics and access to credit for campesino farmers in the Andean highlands of central Ecuador.
After law school, Jeffrey Meyer served as a law clerk to Chief Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun at the U.S. Supreme Court. He then worked as a staff attorney with Vermont Legal Aid where he represented defendants in mental health civil commitment proceedings. He moved to Washington, D.C., to work in complex civil litigation at Shearman & Sterling and then at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel. From 1995 to 2004, Meyer was a federal criminal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut. He specialized in the investigation and trial of financial, environmental, and civil-rights crimes. From 2000 to 2004, he supervised the U.S. Attorney's Office's appellate practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. In mid-2004, Meyer accepted a position in New York as Senior Counsel to the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program (led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker). This was one of the world's largest corruption investigations involving $1.8 billion of kickbacks paid by thousands of companies worldwide to the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein. Meyer supervised aspects of the investigation involving the UN Security Council and companies that received contracts under the Oil-for-Food Program to furnish humanitarian goods. Meyer was also principal staff editor of the Committee's numerous official reports. In 2007, Meyer served as Editor and Counselor to an independent panel led by Paul Volcker to review the World Bank Group's Department of Institutional Integrity, with a focus on the protective measures used by the World Bank to investigate and prevent corruption in its lending programs. In Connecticut, Meyer has served as co-chair of the Independent Accountability Panel appointed by the Mayor of New Haven to advise the city concerning police reform. From 2008 to 2013 he served as a member of the State of Connecticut Judicial Ethics Committee.
Jeffrey Meyer serves as Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School where he co-teaches the Supreme Court Advocacy clinic involving pro bono representation of clients before the U.S. Supreme Court.