Joseph H. (Jody) Hunt was confirmed on August 28, 2018 as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, until July 4, 2020. Mr. Hunt previously served as Chief of Staff to Attorney General Sessions. Before this appointment, he served for fifteen years as Director of the Federal Programs Branch in the Civil Division, where he supervised the Government’s litigation efforts with respect to numerous legal challenges in federal district courts. His litigation responsibilities have concerned a wide range of matters on behalf of many executive agencies, including the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Treasury, and elements of the United States Intelligence Community. Mr. Hunt is a past recipient of the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.
Before joining the federal civil service, Mr. Hunt worked as a lawyer in private practice. Mr. Hunt clerked for Judge James H. Hancock of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama following his graduation in 1989 from Columbia Law School.