Edwin Meese III is the former Attorney General of the United States and an Adjunct Fellow with Discovery Institute. Meese also serves as a Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus at the Heritage Foundation's Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.
Beginning in 1967 he worked in various capacities for California Governor Reagan; as secretary on clemency and crime issues, as an executive assistant, as chief of staff and as a senior advisor on policy issues. Between 1974 and 1977, Mr. Meese worked for Rohr Industries in California and had a solo law practice. He accepted a position with the law school of the University of San Diego in 1977, became a professor of law and Director of the school’s Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Management.
From 1981 to 1985, Mr. Meese held the position of counselor to President Reagan. During this time he was a member of the National Security Council and chaired the Domestic Policy Council and the National Drug Policy Board. Appointed by President Reagan, he became the 75th Attorney General on February 25th, 1985. He published his memoir in 1992, entitled "With Reagan: The Inside Story."