Grover Joseph Rees is Counsel to the House Committee on International Relations, chaired by Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL). His responsibilities include Southeast Asian regional affairs as well as worldwide human rights and refugee issues. From 1995 to 2001, he served as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, then chaired by Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ). He has previously served as General Counsel of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (1991-93), Chief Justice of the High Court of American Samoa (1986-91), law professor at the University of Texas (1979-86), and visiting member of the law faculties at Yale University, the University of Detroit, and St. Mary’s University of San Antonio. A native of Louisiana, Rees received his B.A. degree from Yale University and his J.D. from Louisiana State University. He has written and lectured widely on constitutional law, international law, immigration and refugee law, and related areas of public policy.