March 9, 2016
By: Rich Patti
Jeh Charles Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, is honored by the NYC Chapter of ASIS International as the “2016 Person of the Year” for his dedication to the men and women in the law enforcement and security industries, and commitment to providing for a safe and secure nation. Secretary Johnson was born, raised, and educated in New York City.
Join us on Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 12:00 – 2:00, during the Person of the Year Luncheon at the 26th ASIS NYC Security Conference & Expo to honor this outstanding public servant. Individual tickets and tables of ten are purchased during registration for the Expo using the link below. Remember that admission to the Expo is free; featuring the latest solutions from over 100 product and service providers.
Secretary Jeh Johnson U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Jeh Charles Johnson was sworn in on December 23, 2013 as the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security. Prior to joining DHS, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel for the Department of Defense, where he was part of the senior management team and led the more than 10,000 military and civilian lawyers across the Department. As General Counsel of the Defense Department, Secretary Johnson oversaw the development of the legal aspects of many of our nation’s counterterrorism policies, spearheaded reforms to the military commissions system at Guantanamo Bay in 2009, and co-authored the 250-page report that paved the way for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010.
Secretary Johnson’s career has included extensive service in national security, law enforcement, and as an attorney in private corporate law practice. Secretary Johnson was General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force from 1998 to 2001, and he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1989 to 1991.
In private law practice, Secretary Johnson was a partner with the New York City-based law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. In 2004, Secretary Johnson was elected a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Secretary Johnson graduated from Morehouse College in 1979 and received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1982.