Adam Winkler

Adam Winkler is a professor at UCLA School of Law, where he also serves as the school’s ACS faculty advisor and as a member of ACS’s Board of Academic Advisors. Winkler sits on the ACS Board of Advisors.

Winkler has published widely on American constitutional law and history, and his scholarship has been cited in landmark Supreme Court cases, including opinions on the Second Amendment and on corporate free speech rights. Winkler is the author of “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights” and “Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” He was the co-editor of the “Encyclopedia of the American Constitution” (2d edition). Winkler’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Review of Books, Atlantic, New Republic, Slate, and Scotusblog.

Winkler received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, which honored him with the Legal Teaching Award for outstanding alumni in legal academia. He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and holds a M.A. in political science from UCLA. He clerked for the late Hon. David Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.                                                                                    

David A. Strauss

David A. Strauss is the Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago and faculty director of the Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic. His teaching interests include constitutional law, federal jurisdiction, administrative law, civil procedure and torts. In 2012, Strauss was appointed to the ACS board of directors.

Strauss has served as an assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, special counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate, and an attorney-adviser in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. He has argued 19 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and has testified numerous times before Congress. He is co-editor of the “Supreme Court Review,” along with Geoffrey Stone, Justin Driver, and Dennis Hutchinson.

Strauss is the author of “The Living Constitution” (Oxford University Press, 2010) and many academic and popular articles. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Georgetown, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also served as chair of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and as a member of the board of governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers.

Strauss is a graduate magna cum laude of the Harvard Law School. He received a BPhil in politics from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude.

Paul M. Smith

Paul M. Smith is Vice President of Litigation and Strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, and teaches as a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2012, Smith was appointed to the ACS board of directors and served as board chair from 2006 to 2008.

Smith spent more than two decades as a partner at Jenner & Block, where he chaired its Appellate and U.S. Supreme Court Practice and co-chaired the its Election Law and Redistricting Practice. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court 21 times, including the landmark gay rights case Lawrence v. Texas and a series of important voting rights cases, and prepared amicus briefs in several key campaign finance cases McCutcheon v. FEC.

The National Law Journal named Smith one of the "Decade's Most Influential Lawyers.”   He has been frequently named to the DC Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and 500 Leading Lawyers in America lists. His numerous awards include Legal Aid Society of DC’s Servant of Justice Award and the DC Bar’s Thurgood Marshall Award. He is a former co-chair of Lambda Legal.

Smith graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College, where he now sits on the board of trustees, and received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal.