Attorney General Jeff Sessions Welcomes Jeffrey Clark as Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division
Attorney General Jeff Sessions welcomed the confirmation of Jeffrey Bossert Clark as the Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) today.
“Jeff Clark is one of the leading environmental litigators in the country, and has been counsel in many of the most significant environmental and natural resource cases of the past two decades, both here at the Department of Justice and in private practice,” said Attorney General Sessions. “Jeff has four years of experience as part of the Environment and Natural Resources Division leadership team, working on virtually every case that the division litigated in the courts of appeals and every environmental case argued before the Supreme Court. He is ready to lead this Division — and it should not have taken us 16 months to get him confirmed. And so today I want to congratulate Jeff and to thank my former colleagues in the Senate for confirming his nomination to this important role.”
ENRD is responsible for litigation in trial and appellate courts on behalf of the United States regarding the prevention and clean-up of pollution, challenges to federal programs and activities, the stewardship of public lands and natural resources, property acquisition to promote national security, wildlife protection, and Indian rights and claims.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Clark was a partner with the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in its Washington, D.C. office. During his time at the firm, he practiced in diverse areas of law, ranging from environmental to antitrust. Mr. Clark has argued and won numerous cases in multiple U.S. Courts of Appeals. He has deep experience in matters involving the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Clark served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General within ENRD from 2001 to 2005. In that role, he oversaw ENRD’s Appellate Section and the Indian Resources Section, where he reviewed, edited, and contributed to virtually every brief ENRD filed in the Courts of Appeals, including several cases of exceptional significance that he personally briefed and argued. During his time in ENRD, Mr. Clark also worked on all environmental or natural resource cases argued in front of the Supreme Court.
Mr. Clark received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Harvard University and earned a master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. He obtained his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.