Federal White Collar Practice
John R. Steer of Fairfax Station, Virginia, was appointed as member and Vice Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission in November 1999. Prior to his appointment, he served since 1987 as the general counsel of the Commission, where he was responsible for advising the Commission of the statutory mandates and the application and amendment of the federal sentencing guidelines.
From 1986-1987, he served as deputy general counsel to the Commission. Previously, Mr. Steer had a long career with the United States Senate, including service as legislative director for Senator Strom Thurmond and counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1979-1985 and as administrative assistant to Senator Strom Thurmond from 1985-1986. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Clemson University and a J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Mr. Steer has presented testimony on sentencing issues at several House and Senate Committee hearings, and given sentencing presentations at international conferences in Brazil and Russia (including testimony before the Russian Duma). He has also authored a number of law review and journal articles on a variety of topics related to sentencing.