The Honorable Jay S. Bybee
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Senior Fellow in Constitutional Law
Law and Religion
Jay S. Bybee is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University and earned his J.D. cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where he was on the editorial board of the BYU Law Review. From 1991 to 1999, Judge Bybee served on the faculty of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. In 1999, Judge Bybee joined the founding faculty of the William S. Boyd School of Law. At both LSU and UNLV, he taught constitutional law, administrative law, and civil procedure. Judge Bybee was appointed by President George W. Bush as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, a position he held from 2001 to 2003. In 2002, President Bush nominated him to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Bybee was confirmed by the Senate and appointed by the President in 2003.