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Picture of Jay LefkowitzBIOGRAPHY

Jay Lefkowitz
Special Envoy, Human Rights in North Korea
Term of Appointment: 08/19/2005 to present

Jay Lefkowitz serves as Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights, a position to which he was appointed by President George W. Bush pursuant to the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004.

Mr. Lefkowitz is also a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, where he serves clients in trial and appellate litigation. In addition, he provides strategic counseling to corporations and individuals, and conducts internal investigations.

Previously, Mr. Lefkowitz served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and General Counsel in the Office of Management and Budget for President George W. Bush. He was also Director of Cabinet Affairs and Deputy Executive Secretary to the Domestic Policy Council for President George H.W. Bush.

In 2004, Mr. Lefkowitz was appointed to be a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Conference on Anti-Semitism in Berlin, Germany, sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Mr. Lefkowitz has also served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. Lefkowitz is the author of numerous essays about law, politics, and religion which have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The Public Interest, The Jerusalem Report, Commentary and other publications.

Mr. Lefkowitz is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School.



Released on May 25, 2006

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