Board of Directors

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gregory Camp
    New York, NY
    Treasurer

    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.

  • 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
    New York, NY
    Development Committee Chairperson

    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.

  • Michael A. Caplan
    Atlanta, GA
    Audit & Finance Committee Chairperson

    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.

  • Mawuli Davis
    Atlanta, GA

    Attorney Mawuli Mel Davis, co-founder of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm, leads the Firm’s Criminal Defense and Trial Divisions. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Georgia State University’s College of Law. Attorney Davis co-founded the Davis Bozeman Law Firm in 2007 with his friend and law school classmate, Attorney Robert Bozeman, who leads the firm’s Civil Division. The Davis Bozeman Law Firm handles personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense and civil rights cases. With a combined 25 years of experience practicing law, The Davis Bozeman law firm is a community based firm.

     

    In August of 2012 Attorney Davis was selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyer Magazine. This is one of the highest honors that an Attorney under forty or with less than ten years in practice can receive. Less than 3% of lawyers in Georgia receive this honor. Last year, Attorney Davis was named Civil Rights Attorney of the Year by the Gate City Bar Association and currently Attorney Davis is a reoccurring legal guest commentator on truTV’s In Session. Attorney Davis is described as an “activist attorney” because of his passionate work in the community and advocacy in the courtroom to save young African American men.

  • Rajesh De
    Washington, DC

    Rajesh (“Raj”) De is a partner in the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown, where he leads the firm’s global Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice and co-leads its National Security practice. Raj focuses his practice on cutting-edge legal and policy issues at the nexus of technology, national security, law enforcement and privacy. Raj has held senior appointments in the White House, the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense. Raj returned to Mayer Brown in 2015 after serving most recently as General Counsel at the United States National Security Agency (NSA). As General Counsel of the NSA, Raj served as the agency’s chief legal officer and senior advisor to the NSA Director, supervising an office of approximately 100 lawyers and staff. Prior to his service at the NSA, Raj served in the White House as Staff Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States, where he was responsible for managing all written material provided to the President. Prior to this role, Raj served at the Department of Justice as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy, where he worked closely with the Attorney General and with senior DOJ leadership, litigating components and enforcement agencies on policy development and implementation across subject areas that included civil rights, criminal justice, national security and civil litigation. Raj started his career at the Department of Justice, where he was a trial lawyer in the Antitrust Division under the Attorney General’s Honors Program.

    Raj has also had significant congressional experience over the course of his career. He served as Counsel to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (known as the “9/11 Commission”), and as Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Raj also served as General Counsel to the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, a bipartisan blue-ribbon panel charged with making recommendations to the President and Congress.

    Raj has testified before Congress, and he has been quoted in numerous media outlets on a range of legal and security topics, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times.

    Raj has received a number of honors for his public service, including the following: US Attorney General’s John Marshall Award; Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service; National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal; National Security Agency Director’s Distinguished Service Medal; National Security Agency Intelligence Under Law Award.

    Raj serves as an advisor to various public and private institutions, including: Member, Aspen Homeland Security Group; Board of Directors, The Constitution Project; Board of Advisors, NYU School of Law Center on Law and Security; Member, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security; Senior Advisor, Homeland Security and Defense Business Council; Member, Central Intelligence Agency General Counsel’s External Advisory Board.

    Raj clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, California. He graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

  • 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 Eversheds-Sutherland (US) 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
    Program Committee Chairperson

    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.

  • 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.

  • Lauren Sudeall Lucas
    Atlanta, GA

    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.

  • 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.

  • Donald Verrilli, Jr.
    Washington, D.C.

    Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. is a partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson, and the founder of its Washington, D.C., office. In addition to handling matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the courts of appeals, Mr. Verrilli’s practice focuses on representing and counseling clients on multi-dimensional problems, where litigation, regulation and public policy intersect to shape markets and industries in our evolving economy.

     

    Mr. Verrilli is one of the nation’s premier Supreme Court and appellate advocates. He served as Solicitor General of the United States from June 2011 to June 2016. During that time he argued dozens of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, was responsible for representing the United States government in all appellate matters before the High Court and in the courts of appeals, and was a legal advisor to President Barack Obama and the Attorney General.

     

    Mr. Verrilli’s landmark victories include his successful advocacy in defense of the Affordable Care Act in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius and King v. Burwell; his successful advocacy for marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and United States v. Windsor; and his vindication of federal immigration authority in Arizona v. United States. He also achieved important victories in two patent cases, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank and Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, in a case vindicating the president’s foreign affairs authority in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, and in numerous cases involving civil rights, women’s rights and other matters of national importance.

     

    In addition to these matters, Mr. Verrilli’s U.S. Supreme Court arguments have included cases involving antitrust, copyright, telecommunications, the environment, the First Amendment, the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, the separation of powers, criminal law and other federal constitutional and statutory matters.

     

    Before serving as Solicitor General, Mr. Verrilli served as Deputy White House Counsel, and previously as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice. In those positions, he counseled President Obama, Cabinet secretaries and other senior government officials on a wide range of legal issues involving national security, economic regulation, domestic policy and the scope of executive and administrative authority.

     

    Before joining the government, Mr. Verrilli spent two decades in private practice representing companies in their most high stakes matters, particularly in the areas of media and entertainment, telecommunications and First Amendment law. During this time, Mr. Verrilli argued a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, which established in 2005 that file sharing services were subject to the copyright laws, and FCC v. NextWave, which established that the bankruptcy laws allow FCC licensees to keep their licenses while reorganizing. He also achieved a landmark victory before the U.S. Supreme Court in Wiggins v. Smith, a case that established the standards for effective assistance of counsel in capital sentencing proceedings.

     

    While in practice previously, he taught First Amendment law for many years at the Georgetown University Law Center.

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth Zitrin

    Elizabeth Zitrin, a California attorney, is President of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. She has pioneered collaborations between the death penalty abolition movement in the US and the international abolition community, convening the World Coalition’s only General Assemblies held in the United States, and organizing international forums on the death penalty, with emphasis on law enforcement allies. Ms. Zitrin hosted the first US mission of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty. She has represented the World Coalition at the United Nations and other international bodies and continues to focus on the building of bridges among attorneys and activists in the international abolition movement. Ms. Zitrin managed Justice Advocates and Law Enforcement Outreach projects bringing the voices of exonerees and law enforcement professionals to the public debate in the US. She practiced criminal defense law in San Francisco. In addition to the Board of SCHR, she serves on the Board of the Northern California Innocence Project. Ms. Zitrin holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.