U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Rafael A Madan, General Counsel
Office of General Counsel

Rafael A. Madan became General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs in 2001, heading a legal staff that handles all aspects of administrative law for that agency, including appropriations, legislative and regulatory drafting and commentary, government grants and contracts, litigation and claims, ethics and conflicts-of-interest matters, personnel and labor law, civil rights (including First Amendment religious issues), and freedom-of-information and Privacy-Act questions. Aside from a two-year detail (1998-1999) as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, from 1991 to 2001, he served, in the Office of the General Counsel of the Justice Management Division, as appropriations counsel for the Department, having practiced for five years before that in the Washington, D.C., office of the Cleveland, Ohio, law firm of Thompson, Hine & Flory, as an international-trade, commercial-transactions, and real-estate lawyer. For his extensive legislative drafting and other work at the Department, in 2002 he received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (the Department’s highest), and has received other Department commendations, as well. Since 1996, he has been an Adjunct Instructor of Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. A member of the Bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia, he took his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1986, having earned a B.A., with Distinction, from that University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1983, with a double major in History and Spanish.

Mr. Madan recently published an article, "The Sign and Seal of Justice," at 7 Ave Maria L. Rev. 123 (Fall 2008).

Mr. Madan’s private life includes service on the boards of several faith-based, cultural, social-service, and other non-profit organizations in Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area, as well as volunteer work for several other such organizations, for which he has received decorations from the Vatican. A Virginia resident since birth, he is the first son and sixth child (of ten) of Cuban emigrants.

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