Paul M. Lewis is the Department of Defense Special Envoy for Guantanamo Detention Closure. The office of Special Envoy was established by President Obama and Mr. Lewis was appointed to his position by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. He began service on November 4, 2013.
Previously he served as both the General Counsel and Minority General Counsel of the House Armed Services Committee. He also was the Director of the Office of Legislative Counsel at the Pentagon from 2008-2010. Mr. Lewis has also been the Counsel to the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee. While with the Ethics Committee he served as lead counsel when the House of Representatives expelled Representative James Traficant in 2002.
Mr. Lewis received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of Notre Dame in 1980. After his graduation from Notre Dame Law School in 1983, he served as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps, an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan DA’s office and as a trial attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the Department of Justice. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey and other federal jurisdictions.
Mr. Lewis is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches courses on "Introduction to Ethics," “Ethical Issues in American Politics,” and related subjects. He also regularly lectures on ethics and congressional investigations at Georgetown Law School and George Washington University Law School.