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 is a Partner at Covington & Burling LLP and a co-chair of the firm’s technology industry group. She advises clients on complex public policy matters. Nationally ranked by Chambers, Fechner received the 2019 American Lawyer Magazine "Dealmaker of the Year" award. Fechner is Executive Director of Invent Together, a campaign dedicated to understanding the gender, race, income, and other diversity gaps in invention and patenting and supporting public policies to close them. She serves on the board of directors of the American Constitution Society and has taught at the Harvard Kennedy School, the University of Maryland Law School and George Washington University. Prior to Covington, Fechner was Policy Director for Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Chief Labor and Pensions Counsel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. She graduated from Oberlin College and received her law and women’s studies graduate degrees from the University of Michigan.
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.
Peter M. Shane is the Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law at the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. His areas of expertise include Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Legislation and Regulation, Law and the Presidency,
Peter is also a frequent op-ed writer, contributing essays to numerous outlets including Slate, the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Washington Monthly, Bloomberg BNA, and Huffington Post.
Peter received his A.B. degree from Harvard College and his J.D. from Yale Law School. Professor Shane clerked for the Hon. Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He served as an attorney- adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel and as an assistant general counsel in the Office of Management and Budget, before beginning to teach full-time.
Franita Tolson is a Professor of Law at University of Southern California Gould School of Law and an expert in the areas of election law, constitutional law, legal history, and employment discrimination. Tolson is an active member of ACS and has demonstrated a deep commitment to its amplifying its network beyond the national nonprofit’s West Coast affiliates.
Previously, Tolson was the Betty T. Ferguson Professor of Voting Rights at Florida State University College of Law and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University School of Law. Tolson’s research has been featured in the nation’s leading law reviews, including The Notre Dame Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review, and she has served as a contributor and issue expert for various media organizations, including Reuters, Bloomberg Law, The Hill, and HuffPost.
Tolson clerked for both the Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Chief Judge Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She earned her B.A. from Truman State University and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Alice O’Brien serves as General Counsel to the National Education Association which represents three million educators who serve in our nation's schools and institutions of higher education. She has served in that role since March of 2010. Prior to that, Alice served as the Chief Counsel to the California Teachers Association (from 2008-10) and as an associate and then member of the labor law firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser PLLC.(from 1995 until 2008).
During her tenure at NEA, Alice has expanded the civil rights and student rights legal advocacy of the union including by creating Law Fellowships devoted to that work. Alice is currently leading NEA's legal efforts to ensure that schools and colleges reopen safely in a manner that protects students, staff and the surrounding community. Alice also has overseen the defense of NEA and its affiliates against the array of litigation brought against public sector unions in the wake ofJanus v. AFSCME, as well as challenges to the rollback of public sector collective bargaining rights in Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin, and challenges to the rollback of payroll deduction dues arrangements in Alabama, Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina. Alice also has expanded NEA’s judicial nominations work.
Alice earned her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.