Terence Check is an Attorney-Advisor in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the General Counsel. Mr. Check advises and provides legal support to several Department offices on a wide range of national security issues. In particular, Terence provides operational legal support to the leadership of the DHS Management Directorate, the Office of Policy, and the Office of Biometric Identity Management.
Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Check worked in several government and private positions, including as a consultant in the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection, where he advised senior staff and leadership of the Department of Homeland Security on strategy and policy issues relating to the reorganization of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (formerly the National Protection and Programs Directorate). Terence also worked as a fellow in the Office of the Chairman of the UN Committee against Torture, where he assisted the Chairman and his staff with preparations for the Committee’s 53rd Session in Geneva, Switzerland.
Terence has a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University where he was a University Scholar in History. Terence graduated magna cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University with his J.D. and from the American University, Washington College of Law with his LL.M in Law & Government, with a specialization in national security law. Terence also served as an intern in the Chambers of the Hon. James S. Gwin of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Terence has published several works of legal scholarship in the areas of cybersecurity and constitutional law and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review from 2013-2014. He lives in Virginia with his wife and remains an ardent fan of the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns.