Elizabeth George

Beth George is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center on Law and Security. Beth most recently served as the Deputy General Counsel (Legislation) at the Department of Defense under the Obama Administration. In that role, she led an office of lawyers who provided legal advice and support to the Department, particularly the Office of the Secretary of Defense, in the areas of legislation and other Congressional matters affecting the Department. Previously, Beth served as an Associate Counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office, where she worked on national security matters. Beth joined the federal government as an Honors Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division. She first served as an attorney in the Office of Intelligence, where she worked on surveillance and operational matters. Later, she joined the Office of Law & Policy, where she worked on sensitive policy matters. Beth also served on detail to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where she served as the sole legal counsel to a team of bipartisan professional staff members assigned to review intelligence collection activities.

Beth clerked for Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, PA. She holds a J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from New York University School of Law, and a B.A., summa cum laude, from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.