ACS Announces New Board Chair and Members; Group Brings Wealth of Scholarship and Experience to ACS

Date: 
December 10, 2013

CONTACT: Jeremy Leaming                                    

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) today announced David M. Brodsky, a nationally recognized mediator and former trial lawyer, as the new Chair of the Board of Directors, as well as the addition of three new members to the Board.

The new Board members, approved at the recent meeting of the Board of Directors, are:

 

  • Maria Echaveste, the Policy and Program Development Director at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

  • Brad S. Karp, the chair of Paul Weiss and one of the country’s leading litigators and corporate advisers.

 

  • Harry Susman, a partner at Susman Godfrey and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

 

ACS President Caroline Fredrickson applauded the incoming Board members as remarkable citizens and scholars who will enhance the work of ACS.

“We are excited and grateful to welcome these outstanding leaders to the ACS Board,” Fredrickson said. “With the addition of these new members and with David at the helm, ACS will continue to make a difference in the many important debates that shape our country.”

Outgoing ACS Board Chair Peter B. Edelman also welcomed the new members, saying, “We are confident that these highly distinguished individuals will provide invaluable service and support for ACS under David’s strong leadership.” Edelman remains a member of the ACS Board.

Brodsky is the sole principal of Brodsky ADR LLC, a mediation and arbitration firm in New York City. Before launching Brodsky ADR LLC to help effectively solve complex disputes, he was a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation and Professional Liability Practice Group. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law school, Brodsky is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Life Member of the American Law Institute. Now a leading mediator and arbitrator specializing in complex commercial and financial disputes, Brodsky brings more than 45 years of experience as a trial lawyer, federal prosecutor and general counsel of an investment bank. More biographical information is available here.

Echaveste is the Policy and Program Development Director at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Policy at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She is also a Senior Fellow with the Berkeley Law School’s Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, and a non-resident Fellow of the Center for American Progress. Echaveste served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant to President Bill Clinton, and she continues to provide strategic and policy advice to a variety of clients through her consulting firm, NVG LLC. Additional biographical information is available here.

Karp is the Chair of Paul Weiss LLP. Before being named chair of Paul Weiss, he was chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. Profiled as one of the leading lawyers in the United State by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times and others, Karp has an extensive record of success in the courtroom, boasting a clientele that includes Bank of America, Deloitte and the National Football League. Additional biographical information is available here.

Susman is a partner at Susman Godfrey LLP. He has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers, as one of the Super Lawyers in Texas by Texas Monthly, and as one of the best lawyers under 40 in Houston by H Magazine. Susman clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. More biographical information is available here.

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), founded in 2001 and one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations, is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals dedicated to making the law a force to improve the lives of all people. For more information about the organization or to locate one of the more than 200 lawyer and law student chapters in 48 states, please visit www.acslaw.org.