Meryl Justin Chertoff is Executive Director of The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program. She directs the program’s classic summer seminar in Aspen, as well as the Inclusive America Project, on religious pluralism in America, the TeamWork/Excellence in State Public Health Law program, and public programs in Washington, DC and Aspen on the rule of law and constitutional law and history. She blogs on the Huffington Post and for the Aspen Institute.
From 2006-2009, Ms. Chertoff was Director of the Sandra Day O’Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary at Georgetown Law, studying and educating the public about federal and state courts. At Georgetown Law, she also developed educational programs for visiting judges and other government officials from overseas.
She served in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), participating in the agency’s transition into the Department of Homeland Security in 2003. Ms. Chertoff has also been a legislative relations professional, Director of New Jersey’s Washington, D.C. Office under two governors, and legislative counsel to the Chair of the New Jersey State Assembly Appropriations Committee.
She has served on several non-profit boards, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Meridian International Center, and the Anti-Defamation League of New Jersey.
She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School. While in law school, she was Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She practiced law for a number of years in New York City and New Jersey, and served as law clerk to Honorable Myron H. Thompson (U.S. District Ct., M.D. Ala). She on the Sandra Day O’Connor Advisory Committee to the Quality Judges Initiative at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. She is a member of the Bar of New York and New Jersey. She and her husband have two adult children.