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John Malcolm

The Heritage Foundation
Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and the Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow
John is the Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies & 
the Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage 
Foundation, where he writes and speaks on a variety of law-related topics.

An honors graduate from Columbia College and Harvard Law School, John clerked for 
federal judges in the Northern District of Georgia and on the Eleventh Circuit Court of 
Appeals. For ten years, John worked at the Department of Justice, from 1990 to 1997, as 
an Assistant United States Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia and as an Associate Independent 
Counsel in Washington, D.C., where he investigated fraud and abuse at the Department 
of Housing and Urban Development, and from 2001 to 2004, as a Deputy Assistant 
Attorney General in the Criminal Division. John received numerous awards for his 
service at DOJ, including the Director’s Award for Superior Performance by an Assistant 
United States Attorney. Between 1997 and August 2001, John was a partner in his own 
firm, and from 2004 through 2009, John was an Executive Vice President and Director of 
Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations for the Motion Picture Association of America. John 
then served on the faculty of Pepperdine Law School as a Distinguished Practitioner in 
Residence. From 2010 to 2012, John was the General Counsel at the U.S. Commission 
on International Religious Freedom.