Roscoe Jones, Jr. is a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP where he brings helps clients navigate complex public policy matters and congressional and internal investigations.
Previously, he served as chief of staff to Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, legislative director to Senator Dianne Feinstein, senior counsel to Senator Cory Booker, and was counsel and later senior counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee for then-Chairman Patrick Leahy.
He served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division as special counsel to then-Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez and an attorney in the Appellate Section. He was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Washington and special assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia.
He received his A.B. in history and political science, with high honors, from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social Policy & Law and co-founder of the Law School’s Center for Race & Law. He clerked for Judge Carl E. Stewart on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. (ret.) on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
He is a visiting lecturer in law at Yale Law School and intermittent lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School. He taught at the Harvard Kennedy School, Georgetown Law Center, George Washington University Law School, University of Washington Law School, and Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. A Stennis Fellow, Wasserstein Fellow, and Murnaghan Fellow, he has been published in the ACS’s Harvard Law & Policy Review. He is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows.
David Adeleye is a law student at the Indiana University Maurer of Law and public policy professional with expertise in working on social, domestic, and international policy issues throughout the public and private sectors. David served in multiple advisory roles within the Obama Administration at the White House and Department of Homeland Security. An established achiever and leader in public policy, David inspires change and encourages practical reform for the most pressing policy concerns of today at all levels of government.
Russ Feingold is the President of the American Constitution Society. He served as a United States Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011 and a Wisconsin State Senator from 1983 to 1993. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the United States Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
During his 18 years in the United States Senate, Russ was ranked 6th in the Senate for bipartisan voting. He is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and cosponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold Act), the only major piece of campaign finance reform legislation passed into law in decades. Russ was the only Senator to vote against the initial enactment of the USA PATRIOT Act during the first vote on the legislation and was well-known for his opposition to the Iraq War and as the Senate's leading opponent of the death penalty. He served on the Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Budget, and Intelligence Committees. Russ was Chairman or Ranking Member of the Constitution Subcommittee.
For the better part of the last 10 years and in addition to his congressional and diplomatic career, Russ has taught extensively at various American law schools including Stanford Law School, Yale Law School, Marquette University Law School, and Harvard Law School. In this capacity, he has played a significant mentoring role to law students, preparing him for his role as President of the American Constitution Society. He has also taught foreign policy to graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford University, University of Wisconsin, Yale University, Lawrence University, and American University.
Russ is the Honorary Ambassador for the Campaign for Nature which is a global effort calling on policymakers to commit to address the growing biodiversity crisis. The Campaign seeks a science-driven, ambitious new deal for nature at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming, China, in 2021.
He is the author of While America Sleeps: A Wake-Up Call for the Post-9/11 Era and contributes regularly to various publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. He appears frequently on MSNBC and CNN. Russ holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, all degrees awarded with honors.
Naomi is a University of Denver, Sturm College of Law graduate who focused on civil rights law. She is currently a judicial clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She will be clerking at the United States District Court, District of Minnesota for the 2021-2022 term.
While in law school, Naomi valued the opportunities she had to gain practical experience. Naomi externed with a civil rights and employment firm and worked on complex federal cases including excessive force and free speech cases. She spent time with a criminal defense firm and served clients with severe mental illness as they navigated the criminal punishment system. Naomi also worked with Colorado's federal protection and advocacy organization as it oversaw the care provided to individuals at the state forensic hospital. She spent a summer as a student attorney supporting low-income clients' who faced eviction and collaborated with a local community organization to build power in those most impacted by gentrification. Naomi ended her law school experiential journey as a judicial extern at the Colorado Supreme Court.
Prior to law school, Naomi learned of the necessity to advocate against systemic and institutional abuse of power while working as her older sister's legal guardian. After clerking, she will pursue a career fighting the criminalization of mental illness, mass incarceration, and police excessive force. Naomi loves long road trips, cheering on her Minnesota sports teams, and playing fast-pitch softball.
Aziz Z. Huq is the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law and Mark Claster Mamolen Teaching Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. Aziz’s scholarship concerns the interaction of constitutional design with individual rights and liberties.
As a faculty member at the University of Chicago, he has garnered the AALS Junior Scholars Paper Competition Award in Criminal Law and has been selected for the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. Before joining the Law School, Aziz worked as Associate Counsel and then Director of the Liberty and National Security Project of the Brennan Center for Justice, litigating cases in both the U.S. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. He was also a Senior Consultant Analyst for the International Crisis Group, researching constitutional design and implementation in Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. He clerked for Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court.
Aziz has also been very engaged with ACS through participating in events in DC and Chicago.
He graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was awarded the John Ordonaux Prize.