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 was one of the great architects of American liberty. As an author of the Federalist Papers, he played a critical role in winning ratification of the Constitution. As a leading diplomat, he helped to secure the place of the United States in the community of nations. As the first Chief Justice of the United States, he set an example of judicial probity. I'm delighted that Alan Crippen has named his new institute in honor of this exemplary American statesman. In his devotion to our nation's founding ideals, and to their propagation today, Crippen himself is a worthy heir to the tradition of Chief Justice Jay. I have no doubt that the John Jay Institute will help many of our most gifted young people more fully to understand and appreciate "the blessings of liberty" bequeathed to us by America's founding fathers."
Robert P. George, J.D., D.Phil.
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University