Meryl Chertoff

Executive Director, Georgetown Project on State & Local Government Law and Policy (SALPAL), and Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Meryl Chertoff is the Executive Director of SALPAL and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law as well as an expert on federalism and state governments. She is Managing Editor of SLoGLaw, the State and Local Government Blog. From 2009 to 2019 she served as the Executive Director of The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program. 


Among her notable work at Aspen was direction of seminars for judges, lawyers, and state government officials, creation of the Inclusive America Project, and direction of the Sandra Day O’Connor Conversation. With the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she directed two cohorts of the Excellence in State Public Health Law program. 


She contributes opinion writing to The Hill, Bloomberg Law, and other publications, has provided expert testimony before state legislatures on various bills, and provides briefings on American federalism to international visitors through US State Department-sponsored programs. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Law School and served as a law clerk to Federal District Judge Myron H. Thompson (M.D. Ala).