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John Cary Sims

John Cary Sims

Professor of Law
Sr. Editor, Journal of National Security Law & Policy
A.B., Georgetown University
J.D., Harvard University


Phone: 916.739.7017
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Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.


A graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, Professor John Sims was an attorney for the Public Citizen Litigation Group before joining the academy. His practical experience includes involvement with several significant constitutional cases, including Chadha v. INS and Snepp v. United States. His primary research interests involve human rights, and problems arising under the First Amendment. Professor Sims is a founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy, a peer-reviewed law review devoted to the broad range of issues related to national defense. He has previously served as the on-site Director of the Pacific McGeorge summer program in Salzburg, Austria.

Courses: Constitutional Law, International Protection of Human Rights, Professional Responsibility, Federal Courts

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