First Alumnus Named to Board of Governors

November 9, 2012

The John Jay Institute board of governors is pleased to announce the addition of attorney David Raimer to the board.

David Raimer is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Jones Day, where his practice focuses on appellate advocacy and complex litigation.  His experience spans various substantive areas, including religious liberty, freedom of speech, separation of powers, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign-country money judgments.

Mr. Raimer's addition represents the first time a former Fellow's voice has been part of the board. As a former Witherspoon Fellow in Washington, D.C., Mr. Raimer studied under John Jay Institute faculty Alan Crippen and Douglas Minson in 2004.

Mr. Raimer said, "As an alumnus of the Witherspoon Fellowship, I was delighted to see the vision and mission of that program continued in the John Jay Institute and am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Institute’s board of governors. I can identify few experiences in my life that have so greatly impacted my view of society, faith, and the manner in which those two spheres interact as the time I spent studying under both Alan Crippen and Douglas Minson. I look forward to helping further the Institute’s efforts to equip future leaders for life in the public square."

Prior to joining Jones Day, Mr. Raimer clerked for the Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Mr. Raimer received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Pepperdine University and is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Notre Dame Law Review.

Mr. Raimer resides in Washington, D.C. and worships at Grace DC, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

John Jay has been called the "father of American conservatism" and rightly so. His commitment to the rule of law and American constitutionalism was fundamentally informed by the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures as well as classical and medieval thought and the British system of law. As a man of the bar and bench he ranks high in the pantheon of in Anglo-American jurisprudence. Author (with Madison and Hamilton) of The Federalist Papers, Jay was President Washington's first choice for Chief Justice of the United States as well as President Adams's. I delightfully applaud the vision and work of the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society & Law in perpetuating the high constitutional principles and lasting legacy of their namesake among the future leaders of our great county."
The Honorable Kenneth W. Starr
Former Solicitor General of the United States
President, Baylor University