Board of Directors

  • Charles J. Ogletree
    Washington, DC
    Chairperson Emeritus of the Board

    Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute of Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, has been teaching at Harvard Law School since 1984. He is the author of The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America, published in 2010, as well as other books on the criminal justice system.  He represented people accused of crimes in adult and juvenile proceedings in the local superior court and federal courts, as well as the courts of appeals, of the District of Columbia, where he was a trial attorney, training director, trial chief and deputy director of the Public Defender Serivce from 1978 to 1985. His leadership on the Center's board includes arguing Ford v. Georgia, 498 U.S. 411 (1991), before the United States Supreme Court, and continuing to represent James Ford in the Superior Court of Coweta County, Ga. after the Supreme Court remanded it to the Georgia courts, in successfully challenging the prosecution's use of its discretionary strikes against African American in the selection of the jury that sentenced Ford to death. At Harvard Law School, he teaches courses on criminal law and procedure, professional responsibility, and a host of clinical courses involving trial practice. In addition, he has addressed matters of constitutional significance in various ways from hosting programs on the Public Broadcasting System, to editing and writing materials such as From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America(Ogletree & Austin Sarat, eds., NYU Press 2006), to conducting programs at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute on a wide rage of justice issues. Professor Ogletree earned a B.A. in Political Science (with distinction) and a M.A. in Political Science from Stanford University (1974 and 1975 respectively), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, 1978.

  • Maureen F. Del Duca
    Washington, DC
    Chairperson

    Maureen Del Duca is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Investigations at Northrop Grumman Corporation.  Previously, she was Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of AOL Inc., Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Litigation, for Marriott International, Vice President of Litigation for MCI, Inc., Chief of the Investigations and Hearings Division of the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, a partner in Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. office, and a Law Clerk to the Honorable Leonard I. Garth in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Maureen was also a Supervising Attorney with the Appellate Litigation Clinic of the Georgetown University Law Center, representing indigent prisoners in criminal, civil rights, and habeas appeals.  Maureen is a member of the Chief Litigation Counsel Association, and she serves on the Boards of Directors of the District of Columbia Bar Foundation, the Ivymount Corporation, and the Ivymount School.  Maureen was named one of Washington, DC’s Most Influential In House Lawyers by the National Law Journal, and, along with her mother, Frances Del Duca, was the co-recipient of the 2011 Sylvia H. Rambo Award.

  • James Kwak
    Hartford, CT
    Vice Chairperson

    James Kwak is an associate professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law and the co-author of two books, 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown and White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters To You. He became aware of SCHR’s work as one of Steve Bright’s students at Yale Law School. In 2012, he made an extraordinary contribution of $1 million to SCHR which established the Noah Parden and Styles Hutchins Fellowship for new public interest lawyers.

  • Joe Loveland
    Atlanta, GA
    Secretary

    Joe Loveland is a senior trial lawyer in King & Spalding’s Atlanta office who serves as lead trial and appellate counsel on major litigation.  He has also served as trial and appellate counsel in a number of habeas corpus capital cases.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Loveland is a member of the bars of both Georgia and Texas.  

    Mr. Loveland is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  He served as Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers’ Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Committee.  He is a member of the Lawyers’ Committee of the National Center for State Courts, and was a founding member and former Chair of the Board of Georgia Appleseed.

  • Bill Abrams
    Palo Alto, CA

    William (Bill) Abrams, the managing partner of Steptoe’s Palo Alto office, is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer who Chambers USA calls a “wizard of the patent bar” and a “courageous litigator who understands both the broader picture and the social context surrounding issues.” He was named a “California Lawyer of the Year” by California Magazine and a Top 100 Lawyer and Top 75 IP Lawyer by The Daily Journal.

    Mr. Abrams has been lead counsel in over 70 patent, trade secret and other IP cases since 2000, including trials, arbitrations and appeals in federal and state courts involving patent infringement, trade secrets and misappropriation, interference and business torts, technology transfer and licensing, trademarks and advertising, and copyright. He has also been litigation counsel and advised companies and individuals in defamation, First Amendment and cases involving media, and in privacy matters. Mr. Abrams represents public and private companies in a wide range of industries, including software and hardware companies, Internet and media, universities and research institutions, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, financial institutions, media and publishing, and wineries and alcoholic beverage companies. He also has extensive experience in public interest and Constitutional litigation in trial and appellate courts.

    Mr. Abrams is a consulting professor at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on intellectual property, policy, civil rights, children’s legal issues and the death penalty. He was honored as the 2009 commencement speaker for the Program in Human Biology and received the 2004 Human Biology “Excellence in Advising” award. Mr. Abrams founded the Abrams Fellowship at the Haas Center for Public Interest, a program that awards fellowships for undergraduates to work in public interest law, and the Abrams Family Fellowship for students to take gap years to undertake service projects. He is also a faculty adviser to the Stanford Students with Disabilities.

    Mr. Abrams has handled a number of high-profile pro bono matters through the US and California Supreme Courts, particularly involving the death penalty, education, rights of children and youth, and foster care and children’s welfare. Mr. Abrams was named a “Lawyer of the Year” by California Lawyer magazine for his representation of group foster homes against the state of California for the state's failure to provide funding for care of foster children as required by the Child Welfare Act. He received the State Bar of California Wiley Manual Award for pro bono legal representation and is a Daily Journal Pro Bono Achievement Honoree. Mr. Abrams was counsel for the city and county of San Francisco in the successful litigation that prevented the San Francisco Giants from moving to Tampa, Fla., in 1992. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Center for Human Rights, the Youth Law Center, and the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services (and former Co-Chair), served on the Steering Committee of the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project and is counsel for defendants in capital cases in Alabama, and working with the Northern California Innocence Project as counsel for a man seeking exoneration for his murder conviction and release from over 20 years in prison. Mr. Abrams also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for the Legal Profession at Stanford Law School.

  • Janet Bell

    Janet Dewart Bell is a communications strategist and management consultant with a multimedia background, as well as experience in policy advocacy, strategic planning, fund development, media training, and education. She is a social justice advocate, activist, executive coach, and motivational speaker.

    She has been a key strategist and senior executive at a number of national organizations, including The Opportunity Agenda, PolicyLink, the National Urban League, and National Public Radio (NPR). She was Director of Communications and Public Relations for District Council 37, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), in New York City. As a Visiting Research Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, she developed and taught a course on Effective Advocacy and co-taught a constitutional law course with her husband Professor Derrick Bell.

    Bell established the Derrick Bell Lecture Series on Race in American Society at the New York University School of Law, now in its twentieth year, and notes proudly that SCHR’s Stephen Bright was the 2014 lecturer. Along with other lead donors, she helped establish in 2012 the Derrick Bell Fund for Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to honor Professor Bell’s memory.

    She has also endowed a scholarship for needy students at Baruch College, where she earned her Master’s.

    She developed and managed The Opportunity Agenda’s acclaimed Communications Institute, a four-day, intensive multi-media training for social justice advocates. As Director of Communications at PolicyLink, Bell was instrumental in developing the organization’s collaborative approach to advocacy and communications and developed the trademark “Lifting up what works.”® As Director of Communications at the National Urban League, she was the League’s chief communications strategist and editor of The State of Black America. As part of AFL-CIO delegations, she has taught trade unionists in Morocco and Tunisia.

    Among her awards and honors are an Emmy® for outstanding individual achievement (CBS-TV affiliate in Washington, DC) and a Peabody for programming for National Public Radio.

    Bell earned a doctorate from the Antioch University Leadership and Change Program. Her dissertation topic is African American Women Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement: A Narrative Inquiry. An Enduring Leadership Legacy of Authenticity, Courage, and Purpose.

    She hosts an annual New York event for SCHR.

  • Betsy Biben-Seligman
    Washington, DC

    A Forensic and Clinical Social Worker, Betsy is the Chief of the Office of Rehabilitation and Development of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia where she has been employed since 1982 and head of the office since 2002.  Betsy has prepared sentencing reports and/or testimony before courts in Washington, D.C. (local and federal), Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama and has trained judges, attorneys, law and social work students on a national and local basis since 1976.  She is a founding member of National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS, formerly named National Association of Sentencing Advocates (NASA) and presently a member of NASAMS board,  a former consultant for The Sentencing Project and the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) as well as a former chair of the NLADA Social Service Section.  She has been a board member of the Southern Center for Human Rights since 1992 and a member of the board for Visitors Services Center since 2003.  She has worked in the criminal justice system since 1974.  Betsy received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut in 1982, and a postgraduate certificate from the Washington School of Psychiatry in 1986.  She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and is a licensed social worker in D.C. (LICSW) and Maryland (LCSW).  Betsy, who co-chairs the Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner with Ginny Sloan and Maureen Del Duca, is currently on the Development Committee of the Board.

  • Mary Broderick
    Los Angeles, CA

    Mary Broderick is a consultant on indigent defense issues.  She was executive director of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. She also served as director of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association's defender division, where she conceived and edited NLADA's Standards for the Appointment and Performance of Counsel in Death Penalty Cases, and designed and launched NLADA's Life in the Balance death penalty defense training.  In addition to serving on Southern Center for Human Rights Board, she is on the board of Death Penalty Focus.

  • Gregory Camp
    New York, NY
    Audit & Finance Committee Chairperson

    An investment banker, and a former prosecutor and Deputy Director of Criminal Justice for New York State, Greg has served as a board member of the Center since 1995 and is now chair of the finance and audit committee and a member of the executive committee of the board. 

    Greg was for a time the Republican and Liberal Party candidate for Manhattan District Attorney in 2009. A pro-choice Republican who supports gun control and marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, he is a lifelong opponent of the death penalty who has been active in opposition to capital punishment for over17 years. In the 2009 race, Greg ran for a time to succeed District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, under whom he served from 1999 to 2006. As an Assistant District Attorney, Greg prosecuted domestic violence, organized crime, and other major felonies. He also served as a senior member of the Labor Racketeering/Construction Industry Strike Force. In 2006, the Governor appointed Greg Deputy Director of Criminal Justice for New York State, where his responsibilities included overseeing programs to promote the prosecution of tax fraud statewide, as well as promoting joint federal/state/local programs to combat money laundering and other financial crimes. Greg ran for New York State Assembly in 2007, receiving endorsements from the non-partisan Citizens Union, The New York Times, The New York Sun, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

    Greg had an eleven-year career in New York’s financial community, before becoming a prosecutor, working with Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., Salomon Brothers Inc., Charles Street Inc., and Newfield Capital Inc., where he was a managing director. He returned to Newfield Capital in late 2007, as a managing director, where much of his recent work has focused on overseas media transactions. Born and raised in New York City, Greg is now raising three children in New York. He received a BA, magna cum laude, in Economics from Yale University, an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and a JD from Yale Law School. In addition to his work with the Center, he is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Capital Punishment.

  • Michael A. Caplan
    Atlanta, GA

    Mike Caplan, a founding partner of Caplan Cobb, specializes in complex business litigation, constitutional law, and appellate practice. Mike’s work has been the subject of numerous news articles in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times, the Republic, and the Fulton County Daily Report. Mike has also been selected as one of 40 “On the Rise” attorneys under 40 by the Fulton County Daily Report, among the “Legal Elite in Business Law” by Georgia Trend Magazine, and a “Rising Star in Business Litigation” by the Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine. In 2014, Martindale-Hubbell honored Mike with its highest rating of AV Preeminent for his legal ability and professional ethics.

    Prior to founding Caplan Cobb, Mike practiced at Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard W. Story in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. A New Orleans native, Mike received his undergraduate, J.D., and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Georgia, where he served on the Georgia Law Review and was inducted in to the Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers. Mike and his wife, Anna, live in Decatur with their three children.

  • U.W. Clemon
    Birmingham, AL

    After nearly 30 years on the federal bench, U.W. Clemon, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District, returned to the practice of law in 2009 with the law firm of White Arnold & Dowd P.C. Judge Clemon is an active member of the firm’s civil litigation group, serving clients in corporate and commercial litigation, environmental torts, personal injury, employment and labor, class actions and multi-district matters.

    In the white collar criminal group, Judge Clemon defends both individuals and organizations accused of wrongdoing. His practice also includes arbitration and mediation matters, along with service as an appointed Special Master in complex civil actions.

  • Angela Jordan Davis
    Washington, DC

    Angela J. Davis, professor of law at American University's Washington College of Law, is an expert in criminal law and procedure with a specific focus on racism in the criminal justice system and prosecutorial power. Davis previously served as director of the D.C. Public Defender Service, where she began as a staff attorney representing indigent juveniles and adults. She also served as executive director of the National Rainbow Coalition Davis. Davis is a former law clerk of the Honorable Theodore R. Newman, the former Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peter M. Cicchino Social Justice Foundation, the Frederick Douglas Jordan Scholarship Board, and the Southern Center for Human Rights. Davis was a reporter for the ABA Justice Kennedy Commission and a member of the ABA Commission for Effective Criminal Sanctions. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Vera Institute of Justice Prosecution and Racial Justice Project. Davis teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Defense: Theory and Practice. Davis won the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment in 2002 and the University Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions in 2009.   Her latest book, Arbitrary Justice:  The Power of the American Prosecutor (Oxford University Press 2007, 2009), won the Association of American Publishers 2007 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division Award for Excellence in the Law and Legal Studies Division.

  • David DeBruin
    Washington, DC

    David W. DeBruin is the managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block LLP, where he has practiced law for almost 30 years. Earlier in his career, David clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court. David then served as a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. He presently serves as the Chairman of the Board of PDS.

    David maintains an active litigation practice at Jenner & Block, including substantial pro bono work. He was recognized by the District of Columbia Bar as its 2009 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, and he received the 2013 Frederick Douglass Equal Justice Award from the Southern Center in recognition of his leadership and commitment to pro bono capital defense on behalf of many facing the death penalty. David has been successful in several capital cases. He also previously served as a member of the Steering Committee of the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project.

  • Ronan Doherty
    Atlanta, GA

    Ronan Doherty is a partner at Bondurant Mixson & Elmore in Atlanta, GA.  His areas of concentration include business torts, including antitrust, RICO, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference with business relations. Ronan also has litigated a number of intellectual property cases, including trademark, copyright and trade secret disputes. In addition to his business litigation practice, Ronan has performed a significant amount of pro bono work, accepting appointments from both the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. His pro bono cases include successfully representing a man wrongfully detained at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Ronan also represented the Canadian government on amicus curiae filings advocating habeas corpus relief to remedy violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

    Ronan received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he served on the Virginia Law Review and was inducted in to the Order of the Coif.  Following law school, Ronan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Stanley F. Birch and the Honorable Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Ann Fort
    Atlanta, GA

    Ann Fort is a Partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in Atlanta. As a member of Sutherland’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and a seasoned litigator involved in complex civil matters, she protects the intellectual property rights of numerous clients in the United States and abroad. An active leader in Sutherland’s pro bono program, Ann recently achieved clemency for a pro bono client (one of SCHR’s former clients, in fact) on death row, representing him for more than 11 years before he was ultimately granted clemency just hours before his scheduled execution. She serves on American Bar Association and Georgia Bar committees charged with considering capital defense representation and related policy issues.

  • James M. Garland
    Washington, DC
    Nomination & Governance Chairperson

    James M. Garland is a partner in Covington & Burling’s Litigation and White Collar Defense & Investigations practice groups.  His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, and white collar criminal defense.  He regularly advises clients on law enforcement compliance and national security-related matters, including with respect to issues involving electronic surveillance, cyber-security, and data privacy.  He also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on civil rights and capital defense cases.  From 2009 to 2010, Jim served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Eric Holder at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  He is a Barrister in the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court and a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • C. Allen Garrett Jr.
    Atlanta, GA

    Allen Garrett is a partner at Kilpatrick Stockton and has significant experience in complex business litigation, arbitration, and appellate matters. Substantive areas of experience include antitrust and trade regulation, commercial contract disputes, consumer class actions (including "no injury" class actions), commercial insurance coverage disputes, enforcement of restrictive covenants, products liability, toxic torts, and trade secret litigation. His trial level experiences include state and federal court actions in numerous jurisdictions, as well as actions consolidated for pretrial proceedings by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. In recent years Allen has litigated a number of cutting-edge issues in connection with state consumer fraud statutes, federal jurisdictional disputes, and the protection of competitively valuable information.

    Allen has litigated matters involving consumer protection statutes of numerous states, including several multidistrict cases, and has specific expertise regarding California's consumer protection laws. In addition to consumer fraud class action, he has defended punitive class actions and other multi-claimant actions brought by businesses, and he also has experience with franchise disputes. Recently, he has begun to counsel clients regarding the drafting and enforcement of class-action waivers, forum selection clauses, and choice-of-law provisions that increase the likelihood of defeating class certification. Allen has extensive appellate litigation experience. In addition to briefing appeals to the United States Supreme Court and numerous state and federal appellate courts, he has argued a number of appeals and provided advice in connection with countless others. Allen frequently has lectured on appellate briefing issues and recently was a member of the Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute panel on the topic of "Writing the Winning Brief." His appellate brief-writing skills have been praised by professional appellate consultants.

    Allen also has participated in significant pro bono matters at both the trial and appellate level, including in recent proceedings before the United States Supreme Court and the Georgia Supreme Court. As a result of his continuing commitment to pro bono matters he received the firm's Managing Partners' Pro Bono Award in 2007.

  • William E. Hoffman, Jr.
    Atlanta, GA
    General Counsel

    William Hoffmann is Senior Counsel at the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN). Until his retirement in 2012, he was the pro bono partner at the law firm of King & Spalding, an 800 lawyer firm with eight offices in the United States, five in Europe and four in Asia. He was responsible for the pro bono programs throughout the firm.

    Most recently, Mr. Hoffmann’s law practice has been focused on international human rights. He has served as independent amicus curiae for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and he has represented clients seeking political asylum from over 10 countries in Africa and Asia.Mr. Hoffmann has represented clients in capital cases and numerous civil rights cases including First Amendment and Eight Amendment cases.

    He is the recipient of awards for his pro bono work from the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network, Emory University, the State Bar of Georgia and the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. He is a frequent lecturer on human rights issues at Emory University, the College of William & Mary, Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology. Before practicing law, Dr. Hoffmann was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

  • Katharine Huffman
    Washington, DC
    Development Committee Chairperson

    Katharine Huffman, a Principal at The Raben Group, a DC-based public policy firm founded by former U.S. Assistant Attorney General Robert Raben, began her legal career as a civil rights litigator and Soros Justice Fellow at the Southern Center for Human Rights.  Prior to joining The Raben Group, she served as the Director of State Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, founding the organization’s New Mexico office and managing its state-level work across the country.  Katharine currently focuses on constitutional and justice issues at The Raben Group, working with a variety of nonprofit advocacy organizations to identify policy goals, develop short- and long-term strategic plans, and build organizational programming and resources.  In 2008, Katharine led SCHR staff in the effort to develop its first 5 year strategic plan. 
    Katharine is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.  She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Music from Emory University, where she was a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar; and her law degree from the Yale Law School.  Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Katharine was elected to the SCHR board in June 2009.

  • Susan Ten Kwan
    San Francisco, CA
    Emeritus

    It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and board member Susan Kwan passed away January 3, 2014. She passed peacefully, and was surrounded by family members including her husband Mark, and her sons Jake and Max. Our hearts and prayers go out to Susan’s family at this sad time. We think of her wonderful social justice and criminal defense community in the Bay Area as they mourn the loss of one of their most stalwart advocates. In early December, Susan hosted the latest in more than a decade’s worth of annual fundraising receptions in San Francisco for the Southern Center for Human Rights. At that event, we honored her with our first ever Inspiration Award in honor of her tremendous advocacy for her clients and her bottomless support for the Southern Center. The award featured a favorite photo of Susan and Steve Bright and was inscribed:

    Inspiration Award for Susan Ten Kwan

    For her zealous advocacy of people facing the death penalty, her many contributions to the efforts to end the death penalty in California, her years of service on the board of the Southern Center for Human Rights, her exceptional work over many years in building the Center’s capacity to carry on its work, and her selfless dedication to the weak, vulnerable and oppressed and to building a better, more compassionate and caring world.

    Southern Center for Human Rights, December 2013

    This meaningful award will have a twin hanging in the SCHR conference room, so we may be inspired by her leadership and commitment as we go forward and work for equality, fairness, and dignity for our clients.

  • David Lipman
    Miami, FL

    David Lipman began his legal career in 1970 in Greenwood, Mississippi litigating civil rights cases involving school desegregation, prison reform, employment discrimination, voting rights and municipal services discrimination.  In 1973, David formed the Mississippi Prisoners’ Defense Committee and became its first General Counsel.  Thereafter, David formed the Southern Prisoners’ Defense Committee which was later named the Southern Center for Human Rights.

    In 1975, David moved to Washington, D.C. with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law continuing his civil rights practice throughout the South.  Since 1979, David has been in private practice in Florida representing clients in civil rights and asbestos-cancer products liability law suits.

    David graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in 1970.  He currently serves on the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and is a founding member and current Board member of the Mississippi Center for Justice.  David has served as consulting counsel for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice; NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Florida ACLU. David, who provided seed money for the Stephen Bright Fellowship to fund a position at SCHR, serves on the Development Committee.

  • Lauren Sudeall Lucas
    Atlanta, GA
    Program Committee Chairperson

    Lauren Sudeall Lucas is an assistant professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law, where she teaches Constitutional Law and Capital Punishment. Her research focuses on the intersection of constitutional law and criminal procedure, with a specific focus on access to justice and fiscal obstacles to the enforcement of rights in the criminal context.

    Before joining the academy, Lucas served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court of the United States.  She then worked at the Southern Center for Human Rights, first as a Soros Justice Fellow and later as a staff attorney. At SCHR, sherepresented indigent capital clients in Georgia and Alabama and litigated civil claims regarding constitutional violations within the criminal justice system, based primarily on the right to counsel. She delivered presentations on race and the death penalty and co-authored an American Constitution SocietyIssue Brief on the need for a federal role to protect the right to counsel in Georgia. In addition to serving on SCHR’s board of directors, Lucas serves on the Indigent Defense Committee of the State Bar of Georgia.

    Lucas graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as treasurer of the Harvard Law Review and published a Note, “Effectively Ineffective: The Failure of Courts to Address Underfunded Indigent Defense Systems.”  She received her B.A. with distinction from Yale University.During her time in practice, Lucas received the Anti-Defamation League’s Stuart Eizenstat Young Lawyer Award and was named by the Fulton County Daily Report as one of 10 “On the Rise” Georgia lawyers under 40. In 2011, she was recognized as one of National Law Journal’s Minority 40 Under 40.

  • Alexander Rundlet
    Miami, FL

    Alexander is a trial lawyer at Barzee Flores, focusing on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, aviation litigation, and class actions. Alexander also has extensive criminal defense experience and handles matters in the State and Federal courts. He earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College (B.A., History, 1992) and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1999). Alexander is a member of the Georgia Bar (admitted 2000); the Alabama Bar (admitted 2001); the District of Columbia Bar (admitted 2001); and the Florida Bar (admitted 2003). He is also a member of the Bars of the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the District of Maryland and the Northern District of Georgia, and a member of the Bars of United States Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits.

    Alexander has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Aviation Section of the American Association of Justice and an officer of the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association. He is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, the Miami-Dade Justice Association; the Cuban American Bar Association; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


    Prior to law school, Alexander was a Health Education Volunteer in the United States Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa, where he provided health care to a population of approximately 50,000.


    In law school, Alexander was awarded the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Public Interest Scholarship; was a Senior and Comments Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law; and was the recipient of the Law School’s Jefferson B. Fordham Human Rights Award. After law school, Alexander clerked for the Honorable Andre M. Davis (who now sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit) while Judge Davis was a district court judge on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.


    Following his judicial clerkship, as a Soros Post–Graduate Justice Fellow, Alexander worked as a Staff Attorney at SCHR, between 2000 and 2003, where he represented individuals in misdemeanor and felony cases and represented individuals on death row in Georgia and Alabama in capital post–conviction proceedings. As a Soros Fellow, Alexander also was a member of the State Bar of Georgia's Indigent Defense Committee and worked with a coalition of lawyers who, through a coordinated campaign of class action litigation, public education and lobbying efforts in the Georgia General Assembly, brought about sweeping criminal justice reform in Georgia. He has appeared before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. He is married and has one daughter.

  • Virginia Sloan
    Washington, DC

    Virginia E. Sloan is President and Founder of The Constitution Project and serves on its Board of Directors. Ms. Sloan previously served as Executive Director of the Task Force on Gender, Race and Ethnic Bias of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and, for 14 years, was a counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.  She was a law clerk to a federal judge and a Deputy Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles.  Ms. Sloan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and the Honorary Board of the Washington Council of Lawyers. She is also a member of the American Law Institute.  She served as a Council member of the ABA’s Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section, and is now the Section’s Constitutional Rights Division Director.  She previously served as a member, and then Chair, of its Death Penalty Due Process Review Project, and is now a Special Advisor to the Project. She chaired IRR’s Criminal Justice Committee, which co-sponsored the successful 1997 ABA death penalty moratorium resolution. She is also an Advisor to the 9/11 Voices for Restoring the Rule of Law Campaign of September 11 Families for a Peaceful Tomorrow. In November 2014, Ms. Sloan received the Award for Excellence in Advocacy in a Federal Issue Campaign from the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference for her successful efforts to save the federal defenders from onerous budget cuts through sequestration. In May 2008, she was honored by the Legal Times as a “Champion,” “one of 30 lawyers who have had the greatest impact on the Washington legal community over the last 30 years and whose community and public service has set an example that other D.C. lawyers should follow.”  Other awards include the Washington Council of Lawyers’ 2002 President’s Award for pro bono and public service.

  • Noni Ellison Southall
    Atlanta, GA

    Ms. Noni Ellison Southall joined Grainger in 2015 as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary and is responsible for leading the support on finance, treasury and governance issues.

    Prior to Grainger, Ms. Southall was with Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. in roles of increasing responsibility, often handling licensing and other intellectual property matters. She was a lead marketing attorney for Turner’s entertainment networks and managed the legal and business affairs support for their music division. She also completed a long term assignment in Turner’s Hong Kong office, negotiating international joint venture and distribution deals.

    Before Turner, Ms. Southall worked at Scripps Networks, Inc. and with two prominent national law firms. During this time, she worked on a variety of distribution, finance, privacy, bankruptcy, corporate governance and business formation issues.

    Ms. Southall received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University. She received her law degree and MBA from the University of Chicago.

    She is an active community contributor and in 2012 received the Justice Benham Service to Community Award from the State Bar of Georgia. She is also the recipient of numerous other awards and appointments, including being appointed by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners in 2012 to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Board of Directors. She was elected by her colleagues in 2014 and 2015 to serve as Vice-Chair.

  • Bryan Stevenson
    Montgomery, AL
    Emeritus

    Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. For more than 25 years, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. He also is on the law faculty at New York University School of Law.  

    A native of Milton, Delaware and Harvard Law graduate, Bryan was one of the original SCHR attorneys beginning his work as a law student and joining the staff full time after graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government in 1985.  Four years later, Bryan established the Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center (now called the Equal Justice Initiative) where he has worked with his staff of five attorneys to get the death sentences of more than 40 Alabama inmates overturned. "What was at the end of the road for the average Harvard lawyer," says Stephen Bright, director of SCHR, "was for Bryan an empty way to spend his life. He's driven by a spiritual feeling to minister to the poorest people in our society." Bryan was elected to the SCHR Board June 2009.

  • L. Chris Stewart
    Atlanta, GA

    L. Chris Stewart is Managing Partner of Stewart, Seay & Felton Trial Attorneys, a personal injury litigation law firm. Chris focuses primarily on cases related to auto/trucking collisions, wrongful death, and premises liability with a specialty in sexual assault. Chris has received multiple jury verdicts and settlements for millions of dollars for his clients, including one of the largest premises liability verdicts of 2010 in the state of Georgia, a record $5.1 million pre-trial settlement in 2011 and a 2013 Camden County record jury verdict of $1.5 million for sexual assault.

    Chris is regarded as one of Georgia’s top injury trial lawyers. In 2014, Chris received the Esquire Award from the National Bar Association’s Small Firms/Solo Practitioners Division for his professional achievements, numerous political/social causes affecting the African-American community, and mentorship of other attorneys. He was selected as a 2011-2014 Super Lawyer for the State of Georgia. In addition, in 2012 Chris was named on the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of Who’s Who in Law as a top Georgia attorney. He was also a finalist for Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers under 40. Chris is also a member of the Atlanta Bar Association Judicial Selection and Tenure Committee. Chris formerly worked for the law firm of Morgan & Morgan where at the age of 29 he made partner. While at Morgan & Morgan, Chris represented over 2500 clients and has the Atlanta offices largest jury verdict.

    Born and raised in Southwest Atlanta, Chris is extremely active in the Atlanta community. He tutored at Perkerson Elementary School and is Co-Chair of “If you can see it, you can be it,” a program focused on motivating inner city elementary school children to become lawyers. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Villages at Carver YMCA, as Regional Director for Region XI (Georgia, Florida & Alabama) of the National Bar Association, and as the 2011-2012 President of the Gate City Bar Association, Georgia’s largest and oldest African American Bar Association.

    Chris earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology with honors from Xavier University, a Master’s of Science in Public Health from Tulane University and his Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.

  • Henry Weinstein
    Irvine, CA

    Professor Weinstein has worked for the Los Angeles TimesNew York Times, San Francisco Examiner and Wall Street Journal and has written more than 3,000 stories, reporting on the ground in 36 states plus the District of Columbia and Canada. He also has written about events and issues in other countries, and for a variety of publications, including California LawyerJuris DoctorThe NationNew Times, the Saturday Review of Education and the Saturday Review of Science.