Peter Winn is the Acting Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer at the United States Department of Justice. He was the Acting General Counsel of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board during its review of the NSA programs disclosed by Edward Snowden, was an Attorney-Advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel, and served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Seattle and Dallas.
He is an Adviser on ALI’s Principles of the Law, Data Privacy project.
Mr. Winn also lectures part-time at the University of Washington School of Law and has published articles on the Fourth Amendment, cybercrime, health privacy, and open records law. He has taught part-time at University of Melbourne School of Law and at Southern Methodist University School of Law, and was a teaching fellow for Michael Sandel’s “Justice” course at Harvard College.
Following law school, he clerked for Judge James B. McMillan on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Early in his career, he worked for several law firms including a clerkship with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, and as an associate at Patterson Belknap in New York and Carrington Coleman in Dallas. He was also a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Texas Attorney General.
EDUCATION: Williams College, B.A.; University of London, M.Phil.; Harvard Law School, J.D.