Debra Perlin joined ACS in June 2017 and currently serves as the director of policy development and programming. In this capacity, she oversees the development of policy on administrative law and separation of powers issues. This portfolio includes extensive work on topics related to workers’ rights and economic justice, environmental law, technology law and national security issues, among others. To this end, Debra represents the organization in coalition meetings and works with scholars and experts in the field to develop issue briefs and blog posts.
Before joining ACS, Debra was the Supreme Court Fellow in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice at the Supreme Court of the United States. At the Supreme Court Debra assisted the Chief Justice with his role as head of the Judicial Branch and engaged in her own research, published by the North Carolina Journal of International Law, comparing separation of powers in the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition to her tenure at the Supreme Court, Debra has also served as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a justice advisor at the U.S. Department of State, and a legislative assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
Debra received her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Brandeis University and her Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School.