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Judicial Watch, Inc., a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.

Judicial Watch, Inc., a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.

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  • A Message From President Tom Fitton

    Judicial Watch, Inc., a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach.

    The motto of Judicial Watch is “Because no one is above the law”. To this end, Judicial Watch uses the open records or freedom of information laws and other tools to investigate and uncover misconduct by government officials and litigation to hold to account politicians and public officials who engage in corrupt activities.

    Litigation and the civil discovery process not only uncover information for the education of the American people on anti-corruption issues, but can also provide a basis for civil authorities to criminally prosecute corrupt officials. Judicial Watch seeks to ensure high ethical standards in the judiciary through monitoring activities and the use of the judicial ethics process to hold judges to account.

    Judicial Watch’s investigation, legal, and judicial activities provide the basis for strong educational outreach to the American people. Judicial Watch’s public education programs include speeches, opinion editorials (op-eds), publications, educational conferences, media outreach, radio and news television appearances, and direct radio outreach through informational commercials and public service announcements.

    Through its Open Records Project, Judicial Watch also provides training and legal services to other conservatives concerning how to effectively use the Freedom of Information Act and other open records laws to achieve conservative goals of accountability and openness in government.

    Through its publication The Verdict and occasional special reports, Judicial Watch educates the public about abuses and misconduct by political and judicial officials, and advocates for the need for an ethical, law abiding and moral civic culture.

    Judicial Watch also pursues this educational effort through this Internet site where many of the open records documents, legal filings, and other educational materials are made available to the public and media. This educational effort, which includes direct mailings to millions of Americans, educates the public about operations of government and the judiciary and increases public awareness if corruption and misconduct exists.

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    Tom Fitton

    President, Judicial Watch

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    Judicial Watch Investigations Team

    Chris Farrell

    Director of Research and Investigation, Board Member

    Christopher J. Farrell joined Judicial Watch in 1999 as the organization’s Director of Investigations & Research, and has been a member of the Board of Directors since September 2003. Chris is a native of Long Island, New York. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate from Fordham University with a B.A. in History, whereupon he accepted a Regular Army Commission and served as a Military Intelligence Officer – specializing in Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence.

    Chris is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Advanced Counterintelligence Training Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Military Operations Training Course, and the Haus Rissen Institut für Politik und Wirtschaft in Hamburg, Germany. He is a specialist in national security matters, specializing in unconventional warfare and terrorism.

    Following command and staff assignments that included three tours of duty in the Federal Republic of Germany, and one tour at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Chris returned to civilian life as a contractor to the defense and intelligence communities. He also provided management and training consulting services to non-profit organizations, and was active in the establishment of a small, private, co-ed Christian high school where he both taught and served as director.

    Chris has appeared on numerous national TV and radio shows, and has authored dozens of articles. He contributed a chapter on terrorism to Dr. Irwin Redlener’s book “Americans at Risk” (Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 2006). Chris maintains a busy lecture schedule on both government corruption issues and intelligence matters. He served as a Senior Staff Associate of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Mailman School of Public Health (2005 – 2008).

    He was an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia (2013 – 2018). Chris is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers; the Society of Professional Journalists; Investigative Reporters and Editors; the National Military Intelligence Association; and is a constituent member of the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council. Chris serves as the Judicial Watch main representative to United Nations Headquarters in New York.

    Sean Dunagan

    Bill Marshall

    William F. Marshall is a Senior Investigator for Judicial Watch. Bill was raised in Queens, New York, and graduated with honors from St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York with a B.A. in Government and Politics, and an M.A. in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. He served as an Intelligence Analyst with the Drug Enforcement Administration. He was then a Senior Investigator with the Investigative Group International, President of the Investigations Division of Armor Holdings North America, and co-founder of the international investigations firm GlobalSource LLC. He then founded the investigations firm Veritas Intelligence LLC. He joined Judicial Watch in 2013 as a Senior Investigator.

    Geoff Lyon

    Geoff Lyon is an Investigative Counsel who screens and performs Triage upon all incoming Email/Voicemail/ as well as Snail-Mail Requests for Legal Assistance.  If deemed appropriate upon his review, Substantive Requests are forwarded to Judicial Watch Directors and Other Branch Heads. As an Investigative Counsel, Mr. Lyon also researches and formulates litigation strategy/tactics with respect to Veterans and other meritorious Petitioners.

    Kate Bailey

    Create and file open records requests with federal and state agencies, review and analyze records received for public distribution, and coordinate with Judicial Watch attorneys to identify requests for FOIA litigation.  Administer the day-to-day FOIA operations, primarily through tracking ongoing requests.

    Kirsti Jespersen

    Kirsti Jespersen is an Investigator who initiates, tracks, and analyzes the results of FOIA requests, performing deep research tasks for ongoing legal cases. Ms. Jespersen is a primary in-house observer and report-writer for GTMO detainee procedures in association with the Judicial Watch International Program (https://www.judicialwatch.org/public-education-the-international-program/) – established pursuant to the United Nations Department of Public Information mission.

     

     

    Justin McCarthy

    Mark Spencer

    Patrick Francescon

    Judicial Watch Board

    Thomas Fitton

    President, Board Member, Officer

    Tom Fitton is the President of Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption. Founded in 1994, Judicial Watch seeks to ensure government and judicial officials act ethically and do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American public.With 20 years of experience in conservative public policy, Tom Fitton has helped lead Judicial Watch since 1998 and overseen its tremendous growth and success in recent years. Under Fitton’s leadership, Judicial Watch was named one of Washington’s top ten most effective government watchdog organizations by The Hill newspaper.

    Mr. Fitton provides Judicial Watch with strategic guidance and leadership on Judicial Watch’s comprehensive efforts to fight government corruption. He is a nationally recognized expert on government corruption, immigration enforcement, congressional and judicial ethics, and open government.

    A former talk radio and television host and analyst, Tom is well known across the country as a national spokesperson for the conservative cause. He has been quoted in TIME, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and most every other major newspaper in the country. He has also appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, C-SPAN and MSNBC.

    Mr. Fitton has authored numerous articles such as “Judicial Activism Hurts our Courts,” “What Bill Clinton Knew About bin Laden,” “Following Terrorism’s Money Trail,” “Senate Abandons Judicial Nominees,” “Every Town is a Border Town,” “Obama’s Records Problem” and “Jesse Jackson Exposed.” Judicial Watch also publishes the monthly 375,000+ circulation Verdict newsletter and runs the cutting-edge Internet site JudicialWatch.org, which includes the oft-cited Corruption Chronicles blog. Mr. Fitton gained national attention as a political analyst, previously working for America’s Voice and National Empowerment Television. He is a former employee of the International Policy Forum, the Leadership Institute, and Accuracy in Media.Mr. Fitton holds a B.A. in English from George Washington University.

    Paul J. Orfanedes

    Director of Litigation, Board Member, Officer

    Paul Orfanedes heads Judicial Watch’s Litigation Department and has been with Judicial Watch since its inception. Paul is a distinguished civil litigator who has argued in front of the Supreme Court and in the federal appeal courts on behalf of Judicial Watch and its clients.As Director of Litigation, he has been a spokesperson for Judicial Watch with his legal commentary appearing in major radio and print media outlets. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the Legal Department, Paul is Corporate Secretary and Treasurer of Judicial Watch. He is also member of the Board of Directors.Paul is a native of Illinois. He graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986. He received his Juris Doctorate from American University in 1990.

    Chris Farrell

    Director of Research and Investigation, Board Member

    Christopher J. Farrell joined Judicial Watch in 1999 as the organization’s Director of Investigations & Research, and has been a member of the Board of Directors since September 2003. Chris is a native of Long Island, New York. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate from Fordham University with a B.A. in History, whereupon he accepted a Regular Army Commission and served as a Military Intelligence Officer – specializing in Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence.

    Chris is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Advanced Counterintelligence Training Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Military Operations Training Course, and the Haus Rissen Institut für Politik und Wirtschaft in Hamburg, Germany. He is a specialist in national security matters, specializing in unconventional warfare and terrorism.

    Following command and staff assignments that included three tours of duty in the Federal Republic of Germany, and one tour at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Chris returned to civilian life as a contractor to the defense and intelligence communities. He also provided management and training consulting services to non-profit organizations, and was active in the establishment of a small, private, co-ed Christian high school where he both taught and served as director.

    Chris has appeared on numerous national TV and radio shows, and has authored dozens of articles. He contributed a chapter on terrorism to Dr. Irwin Redlener’s book “Americans at Risk” (Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 2006). Chris maintains a busy lecture schedule on both government corruption issues and intelligence matters. He served as a Senior Staff Associate of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Mailman School of Public Health (2005 – 2008).

    He was an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia (2013 – 2018). Chris is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers; the Society of Professional Journalists; Investigative Reporters and Editors; the National Military Intelligence Association; and is a constituent member of the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council. Chris serves as the Judicial Watch main representative to United Nations Headquarters in New York.

    Judicial Watch Staff Team

    Carter Clews

    Director of Communications

    Jill Farrell

    Director of Public Affairs

    Peter Vasilescu

    Website Manager

    Matt Miano

    Broadcast Coordinator

    Irene Garcia

    Investigative Reporter

    Micah Morrison

    Chief Investigative Reporter

    Tatiana Venn

    Digital Strategy Associate

    Troy Donovan

    Broadcast Associate

    Jacob Criste

    Digital Advertising Coordinator

    Steve Andersen

    Director of Development

    John Albertella

    Director of Direct Marketing

    Arleen Godfrey

    Direct Marketing Production & Traffic Manager

    Ariana Azizkeya

    Direct Response Marketing Manager

    Tim Wathen

    Direct Marketing Production & Traffic Manager

    Angel Azar

    Regional Development Manager

    Steve Sheldon

    Regional Development Manager

    Jim Petruzzello

    Regional Development Manager

    James Campbell

    Digital Fundraising Manager

    Meagan Pfalzer

    Manager of Development Operations

    Candice Velazquez

    Assistant Manager of Development Operations

    Elise Schubert

    Development Coordinator

    Amelia Koehn

    Administrative Assistant

    Andie Chandler

    Development Coordinator

    Scott Walsh

    Regional Development Manager

    Janice Rurup

    Special Assistant to the President

    Tim Gray

    Comptroller

    Stephen Wilson

    Financial Operations Manager

    Darlene Robinson

    Accounts Payable Clerk

    Tiara Darby

    HR/Operations Manager

    Careers

    Thank you for your interest in working for Judicial Watch. We currently have openings in the following position(s):

    Development Coordinator

    Department:

    Development

    Reports To:

    Manager, Development Operations

    Status:

    Exempt – Full Time

    Summary:

    As a member of Judicial Watch’s Development Department, the Development Coordinator (Grants) is responsible for soliciting grants from family foundations and large-scale philanthropic foundations. The Development Coordinator (Grants) will obtain grant funding from new foundations and work to increase funding from existing foundation donors. Working closely with the Manager and Assistant Manager of Development Operations, the Development Coordinator (Grants) researches foundations and their trustees, and develops and executes written proposals to current, lapsed, and prospective foundations. The Coordinator reports directly to the Manager and Assistant Manager of Development Operations to generate grant proposals on a regular, consistent basis. The Development Coordinator (Grants) will maintain a working matrix of foundations, current, lapsed and prospective- containing pertinent information such as grant submission deadlines, foundation contacts, and desired ask amounts. This matrix will be a resource for all fundraising staff to reference which foundations (and individuals) are being managed by the Coordinator. It will be updated regularly as to the status of each grant proposal. The Development Coordinator (Grants) will also manage summaries for each foundation to track the grants process through each stage. He or she will also be responsible for other projects as they arise and are relevant to foundation solicitation, which may include special events.

    Full Authority Responsibilities – Section A:

    • Responsible for conducting and managing the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundations within their submission/reporting deadlines.
    • Prepare and send letters of inquiry to prospective funders and questionnaires for new funders.
    • Comply with all grant reporting and receipting as required by foundation donors.
    • Coordinate with the Manager and Assistant Manager of Development Operations to provide regular updates for required collateral to be sent to foundation and corporate officers (newsletters, major reports, IRS forms, etc.)
    • Maintain current records and CRM actions in donor database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting, receipting, submission calendar, and revenue reports.
    • Maintain calendar and CRMs of deadlines and engagement for proposals, grants, and cultivation opportunities.
    • Assist in cultivating and fostering effective relationships with current funders and new foundation prospects, in particular, by maintaining ongoing contact and effective working relationships with foundation program officers.
    • Collaborate with staff to maximize potential of current and prospective funders.
    • Prepare briefing memos and other informational materials that aid the organization’s management team’s donor engagement.
    • Conduct and update foundation and major donor prospect research to support organizational goals.
    • Support the Major Gift and Foundation staff with proactive, regular donor research and prospect identification.
    • Establish and execute processes needed to ensure all routine and necessary contact, cultivation and follow-up are accomplished in a timely manner.
    • Other tasks, as assigned.

    Full Authority Responsibilities – Section B:

    • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
    • A clear understanding of Judicial Watch’s mission and ability to convey strategy.
    • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.
    • A clear understanding of the different types of foundations, family foundations, community foundations, etc. as well as understanding the basic grants process.
    • Strong editing skills.
    • Attention to detail.
    • Self-starter and ability to meet deadlines independently of outside reminders.
    • Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
    • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
    • Familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.

    DESIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

    • Minimum of 2 years’ experience with grant writing and the grants process.
    • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
    • Proven organizational skills and ability to maintain well-documented records.
    • Experience working in deadline-driven and fast-paced environments.
    • Must be able to communicate effectively through written and verbal communication.
    • Able to work well independently while handling multiple assignments, priorities and meeting multiple deadlines.
    • Must have an affinity for the organization’s mission.

    Judicial Watch provides employer-funded health insurance (medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug), life insurance, long- and short-term disability insurance, and eligibility to participate in our 403(b) retirement program.

    To apply for a position, please submit a résumé, writing sample and cover letter to   [email protected] Please include the job title you are applying for in the      subject line.

    Administrative Assistant

    Department:

    Development

    Reports To:

    Manager, Development Operations

    Status:

    Exempt - Full Time

    Summary:

    Judicial Watch is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic Administrative Assistant to assist in donor relations and provide reception for our DC office. Duties include the reception of guests, screening and directing phone calls, sorting and processing incoming mail, and assisting the Development Department through donor database management and execution of direct mail efforts as well as various other duties as assigned. Past experience with confidential information is preferred.

     

    Full Authority Responsibilities – Section A:

    • Answers, screens and directs phone calls and takes messages as appropriate
    • Greets visitors and accepts incoming deliveries
    • Screens and sorts incoming office mail
    • Assists the Accounting Department (keeps active logs of various receipts and bank statements)
    • Assists the Fundraising Department (includes stuffing envelopes, producing labels, etc. for special projects and general mailings)
    • Completes various donor service tasks (address changes, adding and removing names from mailing lists, completing & processing phone donations, etc.)

    Education and Experience:

    • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required.
    • Experience: 1-2 years administrative and or receptionist experience preferred.

    Desired Skills and Qualifications

    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    • Experience operating a multi-line telephone system
    • Professional phone etiquette
    • Ability to handle difficult callers
    • Typing skills (for general help with letters, transcription, etc)
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)

    Judicial Watch provides employer-funded health insurance (medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug), life insurance, long- and short-term disability insurance, and eligibility to participate in our 403(b) retirement program.

    To apply for a position, please submit a résumé and cover letter to Meagan Pfalzer  at [email protected] Please include the job title you are applying for in the subject line.

    Website Manager

    Department:

    Communications

    Reports To:

    Director of Communications

    Status:

    Exempt - Full Time

    Summary:

    In collaboration with other JW staff, this individual creates, enhances and markets the JW website and its content to achieve JW’s educational mission and to raise awareness of the Judicial Watch “brand.” This individual works to promote better visitor engagement and experience through the quality of the website’s content, style and structure.

    Full Authority Responsibilities – Section A:

    • Manage, organize and update website content
    • Keep website fresh and informative
    • Create and edit content
    • Identify and recommend additional content opportunities.
    • In conjunction with other content providers, create, edit, proof, post, update and, as needed, purge or archive outdated content
    • Oversee content providers to ensure timely delivery of content and that content is refreshed
    • Work with JW attorneys and investigators to organize and “package” work product so it is accessible and appealing
    • Organize, index and archive (as needed) documents obtained and created through Judicial Watch’s legal and FOIA work
    • Explore ways to repurpose, repackage and/or interrelate content
    • Optimize content to improve SEO
    • Monitor and analyze web traffic, SEO and website metrics. Recommend changes to site content and structure to improve user engagement
    • Collaborate with social media, broadcast, video and email staff to increase web traffic through various social media platforms
    • Ensure website is secure, functional, accessible and available
    • Ensure web content complies with laws, e.g., trademark, data protection, etc.
    • Other duties as assigned

    Additional Responsibilities – Section B

    • Work with vendors who host website and provide technical support
    • Collaborate with Fundraising Department to enhance donor experience.
    • Work with outside web development consultants to design and implement changes to website

    Education and Experience:

    • Minimum 2 to 3 years prior experience in a similar or related position
    • Undergraduate degree in Journalism, Marketing or relevant field

    Desired Skills and Qualifications:

    • Excellent journalism and editorial writing skills (writing sample required)
    • Working knowledge of SEO and Web metrics
    • Working knowledge of Word Press, HTML and web publishing
    • Familiarity with Social Media platforms a plus
    • Attention to detail
    • Excellent inter-personal skills
    • Ability to work with and manage vendors
    • Organizational, project management and time management skills
    • Ability to perform under pressure and deadlines

    Judicial Watch provides employer-funded health insurance (medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug), life insurance, long- and short-term disability insurance, and eligibility to participate in our 403(b) retirement program.

    To apply for a position, please submit a résumé, writing sample and cover letter to [email protected] Please include the job title you are applying for in the subject line.

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