MSc Public Policy, 2004–2005
Jonathan Bond, MSc Public Policy, 2004–2005.
After leaving SPP six years ago, I returned to the U.S. to begin law school, where the training I had received and the research interests I had developed in the MSc Public Policy programme helped to guide my further studies and to propel me into new areas of inquiry. As a law student I continued to explore comparative analysis of judicial institutions and the interplay of law and policy formulation—areas I first encountered at SPP—which in turn led me to the study of constitutional structure and the regulatory process more broadly.
Upon graduating from law school in 2008, I had the privilege of serving as a law clerk for two exceptional jurists, first for the Hon. Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then for the Hon. Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States. The opportunity to work with and learn from each of these outstanding judges was extraordinary and like my studies at SPP, will undoubtedly influence my career for years to come.
Since completing those clerkships I have been in private practice with a law firm in Washington, DC, where much of my work focuses on regulation and the policy process. My practice increasingly involves litigation challenging regulations or regulatory enforcement actions, both on substantive legal grounds and based on noncompliance with procedural mandates that require regulators to consider public input and confront relevant evidence before adopting new policies or taking other action.
I feel immensely fortunate to have studied at SPP before beginning my legal career. The MSc Public Policy programme not only provided a foundation for further research but it also has shaped my thinking about issues that I encounter each day as a lawyer.