JP is an appellate litigator and commentator on public policy issues. He currently serves as Special Counsel for Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. JP is also a national security crisis law fellow at Georgetown University Law Center and a fellow at the Truman National Security Project. In 2013, he was named as one of the Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33 by Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He has been published in the Washington Post, Politico, and a variety of other outlets.
In 2004, JP founded the first student exchange program between Stanford University and postwar Iraq and presently serves as a Trustee of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. Previously, he was selected to be a student member of Stanford University’s Board of Trustees and a predoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
Before joining the Legal Defense Fund, JP served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and to the Honorable Scott W. Stucky of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He received his J.D. with Pro Bono Distinction from Stanford Law School, an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an M.A. in Sociology and B.A. with honors in Political Science from Stanford University.