Biography - District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer

Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer was sworn in as a United States District Judge on February 28, 2014.  He was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York on April 13, 1963. Judge Meyer graduated in 1985 from Yale College, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Economics. He then served as a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador for one year before attending and graduating from Yale Law School in 1989.

After graduating from law school, Judge Meyer served as a law clerk for Chief Judge James L. Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Meyer began his legal practice career in 1992 as a staff attorney with Vermont Legal Aid to represent people subject to mental health civil commitment proceedings. From 1993 to 1995, he was a corporate litigator in Washington, D.C. with the law firms of Shearman & Sterling and Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel.

Judge Meyer then served from 1995 to 2004 as an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut. He principally prosecuted civil rights crimes, environmental crimes, and complex financial crimes, and he also served for four years as the Office’s appeals chief for criminal and civil cases. From 2004 to 2005, Judge Meyer served as Senior Counsel in New York to the United Nations Independent Inquiry Committee to investigate allegations of billions of dollars of corruption in the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq, and he subsequently co-authored a book detailing the results of this investigation.

From 2006 to 2014, Judge Meyer was a professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law and taught courses in criminal procedure, international law, legal ethics, and environmental law. He also served as faculty advisor to the law school’s International Human Rights Law Society and for its annual law-and-service trips to Central America.

From 2010 to 2014, Judge Meyer served as a visiting professor at Yale Law School where he co-taught the Yale Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic. Judge Meyer’s scholarship has focused on federal regulatory crimes and principles governing the extraterritorial application of United States law. His articles have appeared in the Hastings Law Journal, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal.