Russ Feingold

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.

 

Aziz Z. Huq

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 Ordronaux Prize.

Garrett Epps

Garrett Epps is Legal Affairs Editor of The Washington Monthly. Previously he was Professor Emeritus at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he taught courses in constitutional law, First Amendment law, and fiction and non-fiction writing for law students.

Epps has been an active contributor to ACS, since shortly after its founding. He was featured as a speaker at its National Convention and is a regular contributor to the organization’s other policy events, seminars, and discussions.

Previously, Epps was the Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollins Professor of Law at the University of Oregon. He co-founded the Richmond Mercury, served as a columnist for the Independent Weekly, and worked as an editor and reporter at the Richmond Afro-American, Washington Post, The Free Lance-Star, and The Virginia Churchman.

Epps clerked for the Honorable John D. Butzner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He earned his B.A. from Harvard College, where he was Editor of The Harvard Crimson, and his M.A. in creative writing from Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia. Additionally, Epps holds a J.D. and a LL.M. in Comparative and International Law from Duke University School of Law.

Holly Fechner

Holly Fechner is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, co-chair of the firm’s Technology Industry group, and Visiting Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she teaches a course on labor and employment policy. Fechner has been an active member of ACS for more than a decade.

Fechner served as Policy Director for the late Senator Edward Kennedy and as Chief Labor and Pensions Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, where she led the Senator's efforts to raise the federal minimum wage and drafted the first paid sick leave legislation. Fechner also worked as Legislative Counsel for the AFL-CIO and as an attorney for the National Partnership for Women & Families. In 2010, former Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Fechner to the Maryland Higher Education Labor Relations Board, an independent administrative agency that enforces the state’s collective bargaining law for higher education employees.

Fechner clerked for the Honorable John Feikens of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She earned her B.A. from Oberlin College and J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Daniel S. Goldman

Daniel Goldman is the Senior Advisor and Director of Investigations (Maj.) for the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He is the former Deputy Chief of the Organized Crimes Unit of the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

In his 10 years at the U.S. Attorney’s office, Goldman prosecuted a variety of cases, including securities and white-collar fraud cases, as well as a racketeering and murder conviction against the acting boss of the Genovese Crime Family.

Goldman has appeared many times in national media since leaving the USAO, including as a legal commentator on MSNBC and CNN. Prior to his time at the USAO, Goldman clerked for the Hon. Charles R. Breyer on the U.S. District Court of Northern California and the Hon. Robert D. Sack on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Goldman earned his B.A. from Yale University, and his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was an ACS Student Chapter Leader.